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dining in Tucson...
      #5466062 - 10/11/12 10:05 PM

Does anyone have any good recommendations for places to dine in Tucson? I prefer good Mom-and-Pop, hole-in-the-wall greasy spoons to chain restaurants and places that emphasize atmosphere over fare. I like good Mexican food, chicken fried steak, burgers, that sort of thing. Nothing too healthy.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5466148 - 10/11/12 11:23 PM

We're looking at a small group of us at rosa's on Campbell and fort Lowell road in the middle of town Friday night. Saturday night we have decided. Assuming you would want to join us.

Some locals will be at the show and they would be of better help. I know of one other Mexican place closer to speedway, but can't recall the name. The are also some good places on oracle around Ina.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5466173 - 10/11/12 11:45 PM

There are a whole lot of places to eat in Tucson, and a lot of good ones. I'm afraid my answer may be a little imperfect, but I'll try and list what I've found to be good so hopefully this will answer as many different tastes as possible. Tucson is a little surprising in the restaurants it has- be prepared to rethink expectations a bit.

I'm on what is called the East end of town (near the center as you look at an overhead map). The city is sort of divided into a few major sectors with blurry distinctions. The major ones are "The East" as in east of the downtown area. Major roads for moving around there are 22nd street, Broadway, and Speedway, which all run east- west, and I have labeled going south to north. 22nd and speedway completely cross the city, but restaurant row is on Broadway. From downtown, where the convention center is, the streets are a bit knotted up. If you go north or south, you can get to either Speedway or 22nd to move to the East, where streets become a regular grid.

I'll just list favorite local restaurants- some are chains, but they are good examples of them, and that's why they are on here. The eastern area below is called "Restaurant row" and has a nucleus of restaurants.

Lotus Garden on Speedway west of Wilmot- Chinese restaurant run by the Owners. They'll cook to order and even have brown rice on request.

AliBaba- on Speedway just East of Tucson blvd. Run by a Lebanese family- quite good. Be prepared to see people in galabiyas stop by.

Outback Steakhouse- Grant just East of Swan- Competent crew and good service.

Claim Jumper- Good food but holy cats they are SLOW despite a massive crew. Even when there with little kids and a request for speed, it WILL NOT HAPPEN. But if you want to hang out and socialize, you are assured time and good food.

Cuisine of India (New Delhi Palace) at Broadway and Julia- Good Indian food, with a buffet for lunch.

Mama's Pizza- Local Pizza place. If you order a "Large" make sure you have 4 people to help eat it.

Kon Tiki- Polynesian (Tiki!) restaurant on Broadway just west of Swan. Low-key fun, and good food.

Macaroni Grill- Broadway at Rosemont (By Barnes and Noble)- Competent crew, make reservations and it's quick.

Sachiko Sushi at Speedway and Wilmot.

Poco and Mom's- Mexican restaurant on Kolb just north of 22nd. Good food with salsa to taste (looks like a hole in the wall place, but worth stopping by).

The other major sector of the city is the Northwest, which is basically north of the original downtown. Again, looking at the map from above, it doesn't seem to make that much sense- it's traditional based on the original city.

The Northwest is largely aligned along 6th avenue, which becomes Oracle road (and ends up going to Oracle, a town on the far side of Mt. Lemmon).

For whatever reason, this part of town is dominated by chain restaurants. As odd as it sounds, Tucson is large enough and sectored enough we aren't up in that area is often. Someone from that part of town may have good recommendations.

There are more places around the University of Arizona, and some of them have strong followings among former students. But strangely enough, the best meal I've personally had in that area has been at the Marriott.

South Tucson is technically a separate town, though it is just south along 6th avenue to get there. There are a few good mexican restaurants, but I would mainly recommend them for lunch.

Mi Nidito Restaurant- 4th avenue, east of 6th avenue at the corner of 29th street- Mexican food, and arguably the best in Tucson.

There are, of course, more. These are just ones which we've been frequenting in recent memory and had good experiences.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5466203 - 10/12/12 12:22 AM

I've got a feeling Saturday is going to be the "big" CN dinner. We should probably start an attendee list, so we have at least some idea of how big a restaurant we'll need. That may sound a little silly, but I don't want to try and pack 50 people into some little hole in the wall.

50 of us together WOULD be cool - albeit potentially dangerous...


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5466922 - 10/12/12 02:31 PM

Saturday would be the day. My main problem for anything like this is I haven't been able to figure out how to ping the CN folks coming to this. NEAF didn't have a mechanism for this. It would seem the only people who could actually cause a CN tie-in to get organized are our sponsors at Astronomics. I personally would very much like to have something like that available.

Depending on the size of the group, there are of course places better able to accommodate groups of different sizes. But to date there are only three CN members I've met. I'm told there were far more at NEAF. I really don't want ASAE to go down that way (see my other thread).

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5467007 - 10/12/12 04:15 PM

We are getting name tags made up for folks that will be there (see other thread).

For those that don't have computer access (thinking out loud and strickly off the cuff here) perhaps we can post somewhere on site where supper will be held for CNers and their new friends. Then you can inspect it, get directions, time and all that stuff.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: rboe]
      #5467028 - 10/12/12 04:28 PM

Quote:

We are getting name tags made up for folks that will be there (see other thread).

For those that don't have computer access (thinking out loud and strickly off the cuff here) perhaps we can post somewhere on site where supper will be held for CNers and their new friends. Then you can inspect it, get directions, time and all that stuff.




We'll still need a ball-park estimate, and a reservation with some latitude. Restaurants don't take too kindly to 80 people just showing up - especially on a Saturday night.
Shame there isn't a Maggiano's in Tucson - they do family-style dining, and don't even sneeze when big parties roll in unannounced.

Hope we need a BIG restaurant...


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5467224 - 10/12/12 06:26 PM

Any way someone could send out a general pm to ask who's coming to ASAE and who of them would want to do a dinner?

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5467261 - 10/12/12 06:58 PM

I'm afraid that is beyond the scope of our software here. Best we can do is do a shout out here in this thread(s) and have folks respond here.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: rboe]
      #5467348 - 10/12/12 08:16 PM

Might want to post something in Announcements, also...

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5467360 - 10/12/12 08:26 PM

Skip dropped me a PM - include him for Saturday.

I'll ask that anyone else interested in joining the horde on Saturday post here. I've got several irons in the fire right now, and I don't want someone being left out because I dropped the ball.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5467463 - 10/12/12 10:00 PM

I'm still trying to figure out if I'm going to get to go. I've been practically hemorrhaging money lately. I like Ron's idea of CN'rs getting together for a meal together. And thanks to Rich for the list of eateries.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5467584 - 10/13/12 12:15 AM

You're most welcome, OK aviator.

Joe, are you in the Tucson area? I'm thinking about places able to handle a wide range in numbers of people.

The best place in organization terms would be the Marriott Starr pass- From looking at their website it appears it isn't quite as simple as looking up a price per plate. However, I've been to a lot of events, there, and they always do a good job.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5467601 - 10/13/12 12:38 AM

On the announcements group, I see it isn't overly used. I wouldn't want people to miss this by the accident of not knowing.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5467647 - 10/13/12 01:26 AM

For good Oriental food there is Old Peking at Tucson and Speedway. For good pizza, there is Brooklyn Pizza on 4th Ave, the REALLY cool thing about that is it next door to a bar called Skybar. And Astronomy themed bar, that has telescops out and displays astro-images on large screens throughout the bar.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: RayM0506]
      #5467665 - 10/13/12 01:52 AM

Rich:

I'm in Scottsdale. Haven't been to Tucson in at least 5 yrs.

While it would make organizing easier, I'm not sure going the hotel-catered banquet route would be the best idea. Worked in that field for years - the hotel always wants a big chunk of change as a deposit (if not the whole amount) either up front or a couple of weeks prior to the event. Menu will be limited (unless we want to pay lots more for an expanded menu), and we pay the contracted head count - whether everyone shows up or not. We're also at less than 30 days; most banquets are booked several months in advance, so there may be additional fees for the short notice.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5467711 - 10/13/12 03:05 AM

I forgot Brooklyn pizza by skybar! It's a very perfect thing. Even though an astronomy themed coffee house makes more sense to me.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5467734 - 10/13/12 04:19 AM

Quote:

I forgot Brooklyn pizza by skybar! It's a very perfect thing. Even though an astronomy themed coffee house makes more sense to me.

-Rich



Yeah, I agree. Don't drink myself, but it is a good place to go and do some observing, other then all the lights!!


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: RayM0506]
      #5469726 - 10/14/12 12:32 PM

Bobo's
Good and cheap and FILLING!
It's a legend with the after-bar crowd (or the after-star party crowd). Go early to get the Early Bird specials.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bobos-tucson

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5473501 - 10/16/12 04:01 PM

Just a suggestion...SkyBar is cool, 80 people eating the excellent pizza? Not so sure...its not a huge place.

There is a fairly good Mexican restaurant just behind the TCC, right on Cushing and Main street...El Minuto Cafe

One can walk from the expo (across the street) and they could handle a group reservation.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Alan S]
      #5473588 - 10/16/12 04:53 PM

Do we actually have more than 5-10 people to attend? Like if so, who?

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5473666 - 10/16/12 05:32 PM

Good point Rich; we need a list for Saturday night.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: rboe]
      #5473675 - 10/16/12 05:36 PM

I started another thread just for counting purposes. You need to commment please put those in here (or the other relevent thread) so we have an easier time counting it. At our age there are too many squirrels so we need all the help we can get. Thanks for your understanding.

Mods; if you could cull non-count posts in there it would be a HUGE help.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: rboe]
      #5474213 - 10/16/12 11:32 PM

Unless a whole bunch of people start joining up for the dinner, we've got more flexibility on locations...

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Alan S]
      #5486190 - 10/23/12 10:37 PM

McMahon's Steakhouse at Ft Lowell and Swan. Pricey, great food, great atmosphere and a wonderful cigar bar and smoking patio.(No smoking inside.) Another McMahon's restaurant is Old Pueblo Grill on Alvernon just north of Broadway.

Claim Jumper is on Broadway, just west of Alvernon.

And, Opa! for Greek food is on Campbell just north of Glenn.

For Italian fare, Mamma Louisa's on Craycroft just south of 29th St.

If you can't find a good Mexican restaurant, you are helpless. They are everywhere. Really. My personal favorite is Zivaz! just west of the corner of Broadway and Swan Rd.

And, for the best Sonoran style hot dogs, BK's, either on South 12th Avenue or on North 1st Avenue. They are the bomb! Bacon wrapped dog, in bun filled with beans, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, and either red chili sauce or green tomatillo sauce. They have good Mexican food. But, the dogs are by far their big seller.

PM me if you need more. I'm a native of Tucson.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5486314 - 10/24/12 12:23 AM

Oh man, I'm drooling already!

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5486357 - 10/24/12 01:15 AM

Years ago we eat at a place called the Oak Street Grill? Does anyone know if it is still in business?

thanks,

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Lightbucket12]
      #5486797 - 10/24/12 11:02 AM

Never heard of Oak Street, and I can't find a listing.

McMahon's has had health department issues recently in the news.

The claim jumper always has great food, but you need to program 3 hours for the meal- they will not move faster, even if you draw attention to the 4 year old child you brought who is great fot about an hour, tops, and tell them time is of the essence. I think they're trying to sell drinks. And I'm just deeply frustrated with them. If they could get the lead out, it would be a favorite place.

ToxMan, I hate to say it, but I've found deeply mediocre Mexican food in several places- and especially the biggest name one-El Charro. There's one within easy walking distance of my front door and we never go there after three visits at the urging of others with cold food, screwed up orders where my dinner didn't show up at all and I was being offered stiff drinks in preparation for driving my 8 months pragmatic wife, and just plain lousy food to top it off. So, I feel any place we suggest to guests from out of town has to be recently vetted. Your deep background may cause your eye to regard as "Obvious" places to go or not which aren't obvious at all to a visitor, so please be specific with good spots you know.

And go to the other thread to get your CN badge!

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5486899 - 10/24/12 12:13 PM

Quote:

...And go to the other thread to get your CN badge!

-Rich




Got it.
I'm watching this thread, too...

Thanks, Rich.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5486999 - 10/24/12 01:20 PM

Sorry, right place but in the wrong town. The place in Tucson is the Old Pueblo Grille on N. Alvernon. Great place to eat but would probably not work for us as a group.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Lightbucket12]
      #5487088 - 10/24/12 02:19 PM

Old Pueblo Grill is alive and well, and just a superb restaurant.

I'm thinking if we have ~15 people, OPG is an option.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5487116 - 10/24/12 02:39 PM

One item that I have not heard mentioned yet is that it is Homecoming weekend at the UA. Most of the activities have been scheduled and times selected except for Saturday's football game which depends on TV scheduling, so driving around/dining after the ASAE closes for the day may be a cluster depending on the time of the game; may want to look at places North and West of the convention center.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: bob71741]
      #5487134 - 10/24/12 02:56 PM

Hmmm, I haven't really had anything obvious happen in the area of town I'm in associated with UoA homecoming. Then again, I have to confess to not really understanding the entire "Homecoming" concept. It was this thing the greeks got spun up about at GT.

I expect moving E-W on 22nd will still be pretty easy. Broadway would be difficult, but then again, it always is.

-Rich

Edited by Starhawk (10/24/12 02:59 PM)


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5487233 - 10/24/12 04:00 PM

Count me in for OPG if we have enough people. Great food in an old world atmosphere. We enjoyed the outdoor seating a few years ago. As I recall we had lunch there before going to Kitt Peak.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Lightbucket12]
      #5487962 - 10/25/12 01:03 AM

Hi Rich

My wife is a local chef and the scoop is that McMahons got rid of the chef that caused the bad inspection. She worked elsewhere with the new chef and the new chef is very meticulous. They can accommodate large group with some pre-planning. I used them for our class reunion for homecoming. We had about 24 in our group.

Speaking of which, all the hotels and restaurants will be gearing up for homecoming weekend...the same dates!

El Charro is mediocre because they use too much cheese and they fry too many items. Zivaz tries to go for a more healthy fare. El Saquarito used to be real good. But, I don't know where Albert relocated recently.

On the way out toward TAAA dark sites on Houghton Road about a mile north of I-10 is Hot Rods. Classic cars, burgers, fries...like a 50's diner in a automotive restoration shop!

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5487978 - 10/25/12 01:25 AM

ToxMan,

That definitely sounds better on McMahon's. Otherwise it's a "What the heck?" moment.

The main university area is what's going to be most affected by UoA goings on. Is Old Pueblo Grill far enough out to be safe? We could do something really wild and do the Gas Light Theater...though that doesn't really give folks a chance just to talk.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5488937 - 10/25/12 04:50 PM

Weather permitting, Old Pueblo Grille has a lovely and roomy dining patio. Getting a head count and calling a few days in advance will get the job done, if a large group wants to make it a destination.

Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road can accommodate a large group, too. As always, wear your worst tie, guys. A server will gladly clip it from your chest.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5489670 - 10/26/12 03:35 AM

Indeed- Pinnacle Peak is huge, though it's kinda touristy.

We'll need to see how many names we have.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5490269 - 10/26/12 01:44 PM

Last time (several years ago) I was at PP (I can't remember if it was called that then), I got a pretty good steak IIRC. But I agree, a bit touristy.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Skip]
      #5490359 - 10/26/12 02:43 PM

"Touristy" isn't necessarily bad. Depends on how many out of state ASAE attendees are joining us. Could be fun.
I remember PP fondly.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5490459 - 10/26/12 03:47 PM

If we have a simple choice between there and old pueblo grille, the grille wins by any aesthetic or culinary criteria. PP is fun- go ahead and talk, and yes, it will be a good steak. It could be funny if we can arrange to have matching ties the world would be better off without.

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5491528 - 10/27/12 11:07 AM

Quote:

"Touristy" isn't necessarily bad. Depends on how many out of state ASAE attendees are joining us. Could be fun. I remember PP fondly.




Me too!

Quote:

It could be funny if we can arrange to have matching ties the world would be better off without.




Aw man... I really didn't want to wear no stinkin' tie! But if we decide on PP, I guess it is sort of mandatory. It's been many years since I've been there, so not sure what they might do if you're not wearing one! Just jokin'. I've got a bunch of old Tobasco ties that could be candidates. Before I retired, I used to wear them to work. Became sort of a Skip trademark. I could bring several along.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5491885 - 10/27/12 04:10 PM

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El Saquarito used to be real good. But, I don't know where Albert relocated recently.






1763 E. Prince Rd.

http://www.elsaguarito.com/

It's still very good food. My wife and I have been switching back and forth between them and Rosa's for some time, now.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5492891 - 10/28/12 10:33 AM

Having a reservation at OPG will be a MUST given that it is homecoming night...the Doubletree Hotel nearly adjacent will be sold out and refers everyone who asks for a restaurant to the OPG...

Another place that is pretty good although nowhere near the TCC is Union Public House at River and Campbell...


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Alan S]
      #5492926 - 10/28/12 10:54 AM

Perhaps, but anything east of Alvernon is basically in, "Homecoming? What's that?" space. We just aren't visibly affected by UoA events.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5493081 - 10/28/12 12:37 PM

Something to consider, Cattletown Steakhouse, Drexel and Country Club, just south of I-10. It can accommodate a large crowd and is just off I-10 for those that plan to jump on the freeway after and drive down to TAAA CAC site for the star party on Saturday night.

Cattletown Steakhouse

Edited by ToxMan (10/28/12 12:38 PM)


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5507798 - 11/07/12 12:59 AM

Well, it's looking like our schedules will be clear for Saturday.

-Rich


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6178475 - 11/06/13 12:28 AM

Rich,
That's a great list, but let me add three slightly more upscale, reasonably priced favorites:

1) Cafe Poca Cosa downtown. "Different" and delicious Mexican in an interesting atmosphere. Not too far from the convention center. Order the chef's choice and you won't be disappointed. A+ food.

2) North (at La Encantada.) More upscale "American fair" at the north end of Campbell Avenue (probably a 20 minute drive from downtown if you don't get snagged in homecoming traffic around the stadium.

3) Sushi Garden at Broadway and Country Club. Reasonably priced and "happening"...I've always had a good experience there. It's not far from downtown; though it could be super crowded with homecoming.

Finally, there are a lot of Mexican places around S. Tucson and the convention center and although most are mediocre at best, I still enjoy them. If you want authentic, S. Tucson, boarder style Mexican food and atmosphere, one of my favorites is Crossroads on S. 4th Ave.

John

(My current address says Oregon, but I still live in Tucson!)


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: ToxMan]
      #6191326 - 11/12/13 06:35 PM

Quote:

And, for the best Sonoran style hot dogs, BK's, either on South 12th Avenue or on North 1st Avenue. They are the bomb! Bacon wrapped dog, in bun filled with beans, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, and either red chili sauce or green tomatillo sauce. They have good Mexican food. But, the dogs are by far their big seller.




El Güero Canelo gets my vote. I'm a hot dog junkie and tried both places last year. BK was good, but El Güero on 12th Ave. was my favorite.

Then for desert, empanadas from La Estrella Bakery just up the street. My mouth's watering just thinking about them.


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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: DavidOpticsmart]
      #6192219 - 11/13/13 08:59 AM

Alrighty David; I'm following you for lunch!

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Re: dining in Tucson... new [Re: rboe]
      #6192889 - 11/13/13 03:35 PM

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Alrighty David; I'm following you for lunch!




Sounds good Ron. Just be sure to bring plenty of Rolaids!


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