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Where to find premium/artisan pork in Southern Arizona?

I also live around the corner from Hobe Meats, so I should try them as well. I just haven't gone there since I found alternative sources for meat at a lower price.

Oct 22, 2013
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Where to find premium/artisan pork in Southern Arizona?

Lucky you! I have a friend who's a butcher up in Seattle I occasionally get tips from, but no meat. Yet another reason to move to Washington.

Oct 20, 2013
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Fatback in Phoenix

No, not the band, but the solid subcutaneous fats near the pig backbone. I can find pork belly in spades but I want to get some true fatback so I can start grinding my own breakfast sausages. Can anybody recommend a reliable source?

Oct 20, 2013
rob_dobbs in Phoenix

Where to find premium/artisan pork in Southern Arizona?

Did you ever get a response to this? Up here in Phoenix you can find some interesting meat and meat sources at the farmer's markets. I am currently looking for true fatback without success.

If you ever pass through Payson, stop at Charlie's to pick up some steaks, sausages, and/or bacon - best meat I've had in the state.

Oct 20, 2013
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Fresh capon in Phoenix

Does anybody know a source for fresh capon in Phoenix? I live by Hobe, but would prefer to go elsewhere.

Dec 15, 2011
rob_dobbs in Phoenix

Taqueria in Tucson. No quiero taco bell.

I haven't lived in Tucson for a few years, but if I had a taco craving I would head down to south 6th Ave. and see if Pico de Gallo is still open. (No reason it should be closed, but living in Phoenix I am used to restaurants like this not surviving.)

For mole, try El Torero, which is off south 4th Ave. a few blocks of 22nd St. I don't know the address (since I could find my way there blindfolded). Look for the billboard with the cartoony bullfighter. Poca Cosa is always fantastic, but if you are going for the "home made" angle try these two gems.

Apr 17, 2008
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Greasy Spoon in Phoenix

Thanks, Deborah. Bobo's is always on my itinerary whenever I visit Tucson. Mel's Diner here in Phoenix does a great job, and I can't wait to check out the other colorful locales folks have posted. If Tom Waits would feel comfortable there, I am all over it!

Mar 16, 2007
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"Don't Go There"

I live around the corner from the Oregano's on Camelback, and every Friday and Saturday night I know to expect overflow parking from the restaurant to invade our neighborhood, and cause ridiculous congestion in a quiet residential area. Ergo, the primary reason I will not patronize the place. Every Oregano's I know of has the same dynamic (which I consider to be insensitive to the needs of the local residents, a la having a big box store nearby). However, I have not heard any other complaints regarding the overflow parking, or whether they are in violation of zoning or other ordinances.

With that said, I am relieved to hear from folks that I am not missing anything. I would hate to stand on principle if the food is to die for! I second (and third) the observation that heavy business is a reliable indicator of food quality. Again, from reading the posts I am relieved it is not just Phoenix that suffers from this oddity.

Feb 23, 2007
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Greasy Spoon in Phoenix

After three years in Phoenix, this Tucson transplant has yet to find a reasonable facsimile for Bobo's, or even Frank's - if you've been to Bobo's, you know what I'm talking about. Good, basic breakfast food, and coffee that keeps on flowing. My guess is that the good greasy spoons are in the outlying areas - Chandler, Glendale, etc. - and none are left in my neighborhood (7th St. / Camelback). Any suggestions? Thanks in advance,

Rob

Jan 01, 2007
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