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Tucson trip roundup: Agustin Kitchen, the Coronet, Prep & Pastry, Ghini's Cafe, NoRTH, SEIS, Exo Coffee

Had a meh experience at Prep & Pastry this morning. Excellent service though.

Ghini's is hit and miss we find. Her father's bakery (attached to Ghini's, but separate area, is much more satisfying.

Mar 24, 2015
DriverPhil in Southwest

Rec's for Tucson, preferably Japanese

We met a member of the Tucson Sushi club last week. She told that they consider Shogun (5036 N Oracle Rd, Tucson) to be the best in town.

We've been there, seems okay, but Sushi in Seattle is far better.

Mar 24, 2015
DriverPhil in Southwest

Any thoughts about Feast in Tucson?

An ever changing menu, a bit quirky, a very creative restaurant. One of our favorite spots in town.

Mar 01, 2015
DriverPhil in Southwest

Mexican Food Generally and in Tucson, Question for Hounds at the End.

Proper, 47 Scott are our current non-Mexican favorites.

Totally casual but good tasting

In Tubac

Feb 17, 2015
DriverPhil in Southwest

Mexican Food Generally and in Tucson, Question for Hounds at the End.

We are full year Tucson residents. During winter we avoid the restaurants that are popular with winter visitors as they can be overwhelmed by the crowds.

For CPC, we go for lunch on a blazing-hot summer day. Relaxed service and menu presentation. Not overly sweet in our estimation.

Feb 16, 2015
DriverPhil in Southwest

Maui - Lahaina

I'd rather go there for lunch, but both are suitable for kids and adults.

Also on the water are Mala Ocean Tavern and Honu. Both quite suitable.

Dec 17, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Ordering pecans from NM (or TX? or LA?)

We have Pecans in Arizona too - Don't know if they are organic though

Nov 02, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

trucks and hole-in-the-walls in Tucson

a good roster is . I like German Food Station, The Twisted Tandoor. Pin Up Pastries, and Isabella's Ice Cream. But come to think of it, I really like them all.

Nov 02, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Tucson - Proper and Diablo Burger

Two much hyped food Additions from Flagstaff have recently opened in Tucson. We went to each of them a week apart.

Diablo Burger offers grass fed, no hormones beef. Served on house-made english muffin buns and fries. Our group of four found the burgers to be prepared as requested but the taste was Meh. It's a small, fairly stark, room. Service was fine but those that had glasses of wine noted that the pour size varied greatly. We did not found a reason for returning.

The following week had us at Proper for lunch. When we walked in we started getting good vibes - attractive room, tables and booths, large windows. Nice!

I had the Gatsby. I don't like Blue Cheese at all, and it was no problem to omit it. A good sized lunch, too much for me. I brought 1/2 sandwich home but - oink oink - I did scarf down the frites. My wife had Pork Belly Sliders. Thumbs up!

Dessert - Chili & Chocolate Ganache Tart. A very nice hit of dark chocolate and a zing of chili. We will definitely order this again.

Service - Impeccable and calm.

Music - lively but not loud.

Jul 18, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Suggestions for a long stay on oahu and maui?

Here is a link to a writeup I did.

Jun 23, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Dining on Maui and Lanai

David Paul's has been gone for many years. I suspect you meant Lahaina Grill

Jun 14, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Restaurants in Tubac? Elvira's?

Elvira's is the best for Tubac,

Apr 26, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

Thank you. Our goal was a single page list of places we like to return to. Page two would have been fun to do too.

Apr 09, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

We are retirees, have the 'bad' habit of spending a month on Maui almost every year.

Apr 08, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

We did not care for Leoda's. Thus it is not on our list.

Apr 08, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Tucson (+ some Phoenix) Report

Glad you liked 47 Scott.

We've found Maynard's to be attractive, but somehow the pieces never seem to come together.

Apr 06, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

A Saigon Cafe - 1792 Main St. – Hours: Daily 10:00am-8:00pm - excellent Vietnamese, quirky wait staff. Moderate prices.

Main Street Bistro - 2051 Main St. – Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00am-6:30pm - “refined comfort food” Another locals place, good food at a moderate price.

Sam Sato’s - 1750 Wili Pa Loop - Hours: Open Monday-Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm Very casual, breakfast & lunch only. A locals place for noodles, plate lunches, SPAM, and ‘diner’ food. Tricky to find. Inexpensive.

Paia & Makawao
Hali’imaile General Store - 900 Hali’imaile Rd., Makawao, - Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm• Dinner: Nightly, 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Fusion cuisine, moderate to expensive. Small bar. Use Open Table. Less crowded at lunchtime.

Mama’s Fish House - 799 Poho Pl., - Hours: Daily 11:00am-230pm / 4:15pm-9:00pm - Arguably the best and most expensive seafood restaurant on Maui. Beautiful location. Reservations are needed, use Open Table.

Paia Fish Market - 100 Baldwin Ave - Hours: Daily 11:00am-9:30pm - No frills seafood, affordable, ultra-casual, and crowded with locals and tourists. No table service.

Lahaina & Napili
The Fish Market Maui - 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Honokowai – Hours: Daily 11:00am – 7:00pm. Dine In or Take Out. Very casual and affordable fresh fish. Also, buy fish here, take it back to your condo and cook it!

Gazebo -at Napili Shores condos, 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Napili. - Hours: Daily 7:30am – 2:00pm - Breakfast and lunch overlooking Napili Bay. Small, expect to stand in line to get a table. We try to get there 15 minutes (or more!) before they open.

Honokowai Okazuya - 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Honokowai – Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am - 2:30 pm / Mon-Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm – Good place for takeout. Cash Only. Affordable. Asian, Hawaiian & American. No table service.

Honu - 1295 Front St., Lahaina – Hours: 11:00am to 3pm - Happy Hour – 3:00pm to 4:30pm • Dinner - 4:30pm to about 9:30pm or so. Very good Seafood in a casual but upscale setting. Turtles! Expensive. - use Open Table.

Lahaina Grill - 127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina – Hours: Daily 5:30pm to close - Great food, no view. Expensive. “White tablecloth dining” but still casual dress. Vibrant bar scene. - use Open Table

Mala Ocean Tavern - 1307 Front St., Lahaina - Hours: Monday-Friday Lunch - 11am to 3pm Happy Hour - 3pm to 4:30pm Dinner - 4:30pm to about 9:30 or so - Saturday & Sunday Brunch - 9am to 3 pm Happy Hour - 3pm to 4:30pm - - Sat & Sunday Dinner 4:30pm to 9:00 or so - Moderate to expensive. Fresh fish, burgers. Busy bar. Turtles! - use Open Table

Sea House Located at Napili Kai Beach Resort - 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Napili - Hours: Daily Breakfast: 7:00 am - 11:00 am Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Pupus: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Moderate to expensive. Fresh fish, varied menu. Beautiful location on Napili Bay – best deal is to go for Pupus! Reservations: 808-669-1500

Star Noodle - 286 Kupuohi St., Lahaina - Hours: Daily 10:30am – 10:00pm - Asian fusion, noodles. Busy, casual. Small bar. You may have to wait in line, Do it!

Apr 03, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Tucson Suggestions? Looking Specifically For...

this topic seems relevant -

Mar 28, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

U of A in Tucson for 1.5 days

In the area around Maynards - The HUB, 47 Scott, Cafe Poca Cosa, The Cup, Penca, Proper. All good choices for a Tucson sampler.

Mar 27, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

any suggestions for Tucson happy hours with good drinks and food?

We think that 47Scott is pretty special.

Mar 17, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Tucson - Poppy Kitchen

Poppy Kitchen is now open in the former J-Bar space at La Paloma.

We've been twice in the last two weeks and it looks promising. This restaurant is by the Abbey & Jax Kitchen (Jax is closed) people.

Mar 16, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Favorite AZ wineries?

Be sure to pay attention to days/hours open - they do vary.

If you have the time, try a local restaurant too.

Mar 07, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Kauai trip report - Jan 2014

Tomkats isn't fancy, but we have enjoyed it every time.

Mar 06, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Hawaiian pizza in Hawaii/kauai

It's a mainland thing

Mar 04, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Tucson Fancy Lady Lunch with Great View?

Our meal at the Gold Room was nothing more that average and expensive 'hotel food'.

Mar 03, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Star Noodle - Not worth it

We're talking about Hawaii, not New York. The place is fine, the food enjoyable - but it ain't the big city.

Feb 26, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

South TUS: Monday night birthday dinner

47 Scott, downtown, is very good.

Feb 19, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Maui - Luau lite

You might want to consider the Slack Key show at Napili Kai. We go to it every year if we can - really great music.

Feb 19, 2014
DriverPhil in Hawaii

Tucson recs [moved from Phoenix board]

Authentic what? Sonoran, local?, non-chain? Any part of town?

Feb 13, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest

Tucson Fancy Lady Lunch with Great View?

Well, as you know, a great view and tasty chow are not often found together.

Being a chow person I'd skip the view part and take her to Penca downtown -

Jan 18, 2014
DriverPhil in Southwest