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New Mexican food

Poco y mom's in Tucson isn't half bad, and I remember there being a place in Phoenix that was acceptable.

Dec 07, 2014
ibsulon in Greater Boston Area

Tucson - Vila Thai

We didn't have any troubles the last times we were there before it closed, for what it's worth. I haven't tried their new place, though.

May 01, 2011
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson near Westin La Paloma

J Bar is your best bet, of course. Past that, you have an el charro nearby at El Charro North (7725 n. oracle) , which I would call a step above Blanco's.

Aug 17, 2010
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

4th breaks at downtown. You want the 4th that is south of 22nd. (I believe Pico de Gallo is on 6th and 29th, but I dare say it's the best Mexican restaurant in town.)

4th north of broadway is more of an arts district. Maya Quetzal is okay Guatamalan food, but I'd honestly head over to Main Gate for chow most days. (No Mexican really, but Vila Thai is good, as is an Afghani restaurant hidden in there. It used to be much better before they moved, though.)

Jan 26, 2010
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican restaurant?

Have they come back up? I heard they took a major dip for a while, and we've avoided it since.

Jan 26, 2010
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson: Catalina BBQ and Zivas

Every time I go to Zivaz (I used to work in the 4400 building, so it used to be much more often) I felt like they were somehow trying to create a franchise version of Cafe Poca Cosa. It's not bad, don't get me wrong, but it often feels a bit... perhaps the word is safe?

I've never seen peas or anything hard and unidentifiable in my salad, though.

Jan 26, 2010
ibsulon in Southwest

Best restaurants near the Doubletree in Tucson, AZ?

Unfortunately, Doubletree is on a bit of an island, restaurant-wise. There's the Javalina Cantina attached, and all things considered you could do worse. Sushi Garden is the all-you-can-eat sushi variety, and is pretty mediocre. I remember Old Pueblo Grille being decent but nobody talks about it. After that, you're getting past walking distance in Tucson.

If you can convince to get a taxi, Feast is wonderful and pretty close (though not walking distance) as a few people have mentioned. Otherwise, everywhere short of the top spots are going to be within your price range, especially there. Make your way downtown for Cafe Poca Cosa, it's only a few miles by taxi and it's food you really can't get anywhere else in the nation.

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Old Pueblo Cafe
102 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Cafe Poca Cosa
110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Old Pueblo Grille
60 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711

Nov 11, 2009
ibsulon in Phoenix

Bars and Beers in Tucson

I would suggest one of the breweries. Nimbus does a pretty good job, as does Gentle Ben's on campus. (They also have another location a mile away, but it's the same beer.)

Mar 07, 2009
ibsulon in Southwest

Best Carne Asada Burrito in Arizona?

If Fil or Los Betos is the answer, the question isn't about the best *anything*.

I've been a big fan of this new taco shop in Tucson called Maico off of 22nd and Park - really good California burros (though I think they need a little guacamole - I order extra for the burro), as well as good quality ingredients on everything I've tried there. I'll get a carne asada burro next time and put up a review.

I can attest to their carne asada - just not their burro.

Sep 29, 2008
ibsulon in Phoenix

For all the bad reviews of Vin Tabla...

I've had two relatively good experiences here. I believe the key is to skip the entrees and stick to the rest of the menu, treating it more as a tapas experience.

As of two weeks ago, however (yes, I'm slow) they had the best cheesecake I think I've experienced. Made with goat cheese, it was savory and tangy and just about perfect.

Their tandoori lamb is to be avoided, though - not because it's bad, but because it's boring for the price. Head over to Alibaba for the flavor profile done much better.

Jun 07, 2008
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson: Mexican market?

Every Food City in town is basically a Mexican market. (There's a much better one in Phoenix, but you're not there. :) -- Of course, it depends on what you're looking for.

Feb 21, 2008
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson Mexican food

I'm going to miss my bi-monthly trip to Little Poca Cosa... *sigh* -- working down near Rita Ranch is going to suck, culinarily speaking. :/

Feb 20, 2008
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson Mexican food

WTF was up with Tee Pee, unless those were the only republican Mexican restaurant owners in town...I went once with coworkers and was entirely unimpressed.

Feb 20, 2008
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson Mexican food

They don't have a phone installed at Little Poca Cosa. Just head south on stone into downtown (it's a one way street going south) and it's on the right hand side.

Feb 20, 2008
ibsulon in Southwest

Tucson vegetarian and seafood recommendations

Those aren't Tucson's specialties. The only real vegetarian restaurant worth mentioning is Lovin' Spoonfuls - they're good people, but mediocre food. Casbah on 4th - I don't even know if it's still serving food, but it was awful IMHO. I know some vegetarian friends really like Guilin, a chinese restaurant with an extensive vegetarian menu, but I've never been too impressed. I believe I've eaten at Garland once and liked it, but haven't been there in quite a while... It's mentioned on http://www.vrgt.org/restaurants.htm and I vaguely remembered it.

I can't really speak for seafood past knowing that there are some good seafood options at Pico De Gallo, which is pretty good lunch option. I know Kingfisher is popular and would satisfy the bar option, unlike many of the others.

Finally, you'll probably want to get a few miles between you and the park before thinking of wine - it's not the most glamorous neighborhood. I'd suggest making your way up Kino to Speedway and head west to Cuvee for wine, though. It's maybe a little over 10 minutes away.

Feb 20, 2008
ibsulon in Southwest

Restaurants between Tucson & Phoenix

I think the worst Mexican food experience I've ever seen was Eva's. It has a fun, kitchy atmosphere, but the food was so thoroughly mediocre as to be bad. Not burnt bad, just thoroughly boring. The salsa wasn't so bad, though.

Sep 09, 2007
ibsulon in Southwest

Soda in high end restaurant?

So, what would you recommend for a really dry red wine? :D

Sep 02, 2007
ibsulon in Not About Food

Stupid baking/cooking mishaps? Share, laugh, and learn

That reminds me of my worst ever... I was making rice crispy treats and decided to experiment -- at twelve years old. So, I made two batches, one with lemonade koolaid and one with black cherry. (or it might have been both in one - things are hazy now.) The result would have been good, if I hadn't put in 2-3 times as much as was needed.

We still ate half the batch. To this day, my sister can't look at rice crispy treats, much less eat one.

Apr 24, 2007
ibsulon in Home Cooking

What to cook w/ Penzeys Curry Gift Box?

I don't know if you'll ever see this one, but the penzey's hot curry is just their sweet curry with cayenne pepper, IIRC. So mix the two for the heat profile you're looking for. (the blend might be slightly different, but the ingredients are the same.)

Apr 24, 2007
ibsulon in Home Cooking

I can't cook!

"Actually, there's more to it than it appears. Some people simply cannot follow instructions step by step; you have worked with people like this. No matter how many times they are told or how many procedure manuals they have to consult, a step is missed."

Alternatively, the nomenclature and assumptions of an experienced cook are fundamentally incompatible with an inexperienced one. I even find this troublesome when trying a recipe from a foreign cuisine. How about adding chiles "to taste?"

For basic cooking, it costs about fifty dollars of wasted ingredients and a good dose of embarassment. For intermediate cooking for all but a gifted pallete, one will go through over 500 dollars in failed experiments and a stronger dose of embarassment. "I just spent ten bucks on that wine for the wine sauce and they said just two minutes. Why isn't this thing reducing?"
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Perhaps you had an able instructor. I have a friend whose mother's idea of cooking was sticking a frozen lasagna in the microwave. He doesn't have much more in his repotoire than kraft macaroni and cheese.

Perhaps the true phrase is, "I cannot cook to the level that I would be comfortable serving food to another individual." Just as I would not presume to make art for another individual for a gift, I accept that they, for most intents and purposes, cannot cook.

Aug 19, 2006
ibsulon in General Topics