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Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

Anyone know a good place to get tamales for
Christmas - green and red? That's what I miss about working - there were always employees with families who made these and sold them but now I don't have that opportunity! Appreciate any suggestions!

Dec 10, 2012
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

Now that is one I don't recognize. Where was this? This past week was my birthday and we went for Mexican food twice - first to Paco and Mom's because I had heard such good things about it but I wasn't really impressed with their food. They do use fresh Hatch chiles a lot which was good but their beans they claimed to be "homemade" tasted like canned to me and the rice was very tomato-ey. We also went to Taco Giro on E. 22nd and this was much better. I had a shrimp ceviche tostado because it was like the shrimp cocktails they serve in Rocky Point and it was very good. Forget about the tostado shell and just eat the shrimp concoction! I also had a chile, relleno, chicken enchilada with rice and beans. (I had ordered just a chile relleno but they brought me the combination plate which I DID NOT finish!) Every thing was quite good. I will go back again, especially since they do have a take-out window!

Aug 11, 2012
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

El Rapido used to be located downtown on Washington Street. There was no seating, strictly take-out, and they specialized in tamales which were delicious. If there is another one, I'm not aware of it and I know the family who owned this El Rapido.

Feb 18, 2012
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

What exactly do you call "chile con queso"? The first time I saw that on a menu, it turned out to be caldo de queso and I have loved it ever since. That was at the old, old El Charro downtown when Monica Flynn was alive. I'm enjoying your conversation with nohurry

Jan 02, 2012
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

This picture totally makes me want a bowl of menudo - NOW! I'm too lazy to go get some though.

Dec 31, 2011
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

For really good menudo, try El Minuto downtown. It's very fresh, made daily, and delicious!

Dec 31, 2011
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

I totally agree with you and tucdan on all counts.

Jul 11, 2011
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

I remember reading about them moving to this side of the border but I don't know if they have changed owners since that time.

May 30, 2011
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

OMG! I remember the caseros, although I didn't know they had a name other than taco! The lettuce filling had to have peas and/or sliced radishes. I still make them like that and friends call them "real tacos". And they had to have the white Mexican cheese!

May 24, 2011
francelle in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

I haven't eaten there but I do remember eating at Elvira's one time when they were located in Nogales, Sonora. They used to serve every customer a complimentary shot of tequila and they brought one to my then 13 year old daughter! I don't even remember what we ate but it was a very popular place back then, especially for tourists.

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Elvira's Restaurant
2221 E Frontage Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646

May 24, 2011
francelle in Southwest

What is gray squash?

Here in Tucson, Arizona, calabacitas is a dish made with either zucchini or Mexican gray squash, onions, green chiles, corn, tomato optional, and cheese. I prefer longhorn but cheddar is good too. This dish is very good.

Apr 25, 2010
francelle in Home Cooking

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head, however, my favorite is still El Minuto on Main. The service is fast, the waiters are charming but most of all, the food is delicious. I have never had a bad meal there. I happen to like menudo and they have the absolute best! Cafe Poca Cosa has delicious food but you shouldn't go there expecting Mexican food. I have never understood why El Charro is written up in magazines when their food, I think, is awful. The carne seca is good but that's it!

Dec 30, 2009
francelle in Southwest

Secret Seafood Sauce: mayo + water?

Fresh squeezed lemon juice, tomato sauce thinned out, and chopped cilantro. This is particularly good on white fish fillets (I like tilapia) baked with this sauce on top. YUM!

May 13, 2008
francelle in Home Cooking

Chile Rellenos Batter

The trick to making the batter light and airy is beating the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Then you can use the same basic recipe you have. I love chile rellenos but hate making them since they are time consuming and messy. If you have trouble making the batter stick to the chile, you can pour a line of batter in the oil, place the stuffed chile on top of the batter, and then cover the chile with batter.

May 13, 2008
francelle in Home Cooking

'Foreign' food that's better in the US

You are on spot. This is particularly true with mexican food. Tex-Mex is nothing like Mexican food in Mexico. I think Tex-Mex is a joke! Of course, every state in Mexico has their own unique dishes that most of us here in the states would not even recognize. I live in the southwest so we do cook a lot of Mexican dishes from Sonora, some of which are better than what you would get in Mexico but which is totally unlike the food in other parts of Mexico. I love Mexican food and have learned a lot of recipes, but I still have to laugh at "Tex-Mex". I digress! Sorry.

May 13, 2008
francelle in General Topics

Pickled Red Onions

This sounds similar to a southern dish which uses cucumbers. I haven't been able to locate a recipe for this but I remember it was cucumbers and I think onions and vinegar. The mixture was not necessarily refrigerated and was eaten with just about anything. Does anyone have a recipe for this cucumber dish?
The pickled red onions are not common in Sonoran cooking.

francelle

May 13, 2008
francelle in Recipes