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Best place to buy seafood in Phoenix

Mekong Plaza is great, and you also have Lee Lee's a few miles farther south on Dobson, and you also have the Super L Ranch Market in the Chinese Cultural Center on N. 44th St. in Phoenix, all great places for fresh seafood in the desert.

Jan 22, 2010
justjoe in Phoenix

Takeda Thai by Moulay- Scottsdale, AZ

What, another good Thai restaurant up in the Phoenix area? There are already a pile of them up there, and there are good Thai restaurants farther north in Flagstaff too...but here in poor ol' Tucson, not one, not one good one!

Jan 04, 2010
justjoe in Phoenix

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Stopped by today. They tell me it's the same size as the Chandler store, but it only looks half as big to me...? It's not totally finished yet. There is an attached Vietnamese restaurant that is still not open, same as Chandler. Hopefully it will be a good one. Also an attached Chinese BBQ that is likewise not yet open. One thing that I thought was a silly waste of space was that they have one entire isle devoted to Mexican food, but bigger selections of Mexican food are already all over the place in Tucson. The meats and fish and vegetables all looked very fresh, as of course they should since the place has only been open for two days, and they always look very fresh in Chandler too.

Dec 25, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Roast ducks.

When I spoke to the owner a few months ago he told me it would be the exact same size and layout as the Chandler store. I wish they had had the foresight to put it in a bigger mall, though. Then the entire mall might have evolved into an Asian shopping area, like in Chandler, with some good Asian restaurants, something that Tucson sorely lacks, because most of the existing Asian restaurants here range from bad to worse.

Dec 23, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

How does it compare with the Chandler store? It was supposed to be the same size. Is there a restaurant inside, and is it open?

Dec 23, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

You're welcome. Did he say if he had trouble parking? It's probably much worse right now.

Dec 23, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Well, that's not fair, EWS, since you're the one who started this thread over a year ago!

Dec 23, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Amazing! It's open now!

The downside is as I had feared - today, opening day, a weekday afternoon, when most people still didn't even know about it, the parking lot was already filled up. Parking is inadequate. I suppose the other businesses in that mall won't be happy about this either.

Dec 23, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

"We will be opening on Wednesday December, 23. Thank you very much for your continuing support."

http://www.leeleesupermarket.com/Gues...

Dec 16, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Gee's Garden for Dim Sum - Tucson

Is Sunday the only dim sum day there?

Dec 13, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Looking for Japanese herb shiso/perilla in Tucson

"I have searched the main international and Asian markets in mid-town."

Not sure what you mean by midtown, but the places to try are Grantstone and G&L and 17th Street markets, and, when and if it actually opens, Lee Lee's. Up north in Mesa I'd look first in the Mekong Market and then in Lee Lee's, and there are some other Asian markets up there too, like Asiana. My first choice for fresh Asian vegetables in AZ would be Mekong.

Dec 02, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Looking for Japanese herb shiso/perilla in Tucson

I don't know where you get the herb alone, but it comes pickled with umeboshi in Asian markets.

Dec 02, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

What's the link to their website?

Nov 25, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Phoenix, AZ - Searching for Chow Fun

I don't know anyplace away from Mott Street in Chinatown in NYC that makes great chow fun, but you can try the chow fun at the most excellent Viet restaurant Saigon Pho on Alma School in Chandler, or Best Hong Kong on Southern and Dobson in Mesa (at the latter be sure to order dry chow fun unless you want it soupy). As for me I would like to find someplace that can make roast duck chow fun the way they do in the Wo Hop basement place on Mott Street, or other low down NY Chinatown noodle dives, if any others still exist, like the late great Hong Fat that used to be on the other end of Mott.

Nov 24, 2009
justjoe in Phoenix

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

It's supposed to be the exact same size as the giant one in Mesa, plus with a restaurant. That's what the owner told me last year. If it does draw the crowds that Mesa draws, and I doubt that it will, will the parking here be adequate? And if it doesn't draw big crowds how long will they continue stocking it with fresh fish and meats and vegetables and other perishables, and if they don't do that we'd do just as well with the three medium sized Asian markets we already have here in Tucson.

Nov 22, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Stopped by today. "Opening in 2 or 3 weeks". But now there are shopping carts lined up out front!

Nov 16, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Seeking life changing Chinese food like House of Nanking (PHX)

Maxim is billed as Chinese-Vietnamese or pan-Asian or something. What would the other place be afraid of, the gringos seeing congealed blood on the menu or something? Anyway, what's the point of separate menus, except to lose business and discredit and trivialize the great Chinese cuisine? Assuming a place has a chef who really knows how to cook, why not put the familiar Americanized stuff that on top of the menu, and the authentic stuff in a section down below? Clearly Chinese restaurateurs have this business coordinated nationwide. Not that anyone asked me, but I think it's time to fix it.

PS Oops, I've hijacked this thread, haven't I?

Nov 04, 2009
justjoe in Phoenix

Seeking life changing Chinese food like House of Nanking (PHX)

I meant that Viet restaurants don't have separate menus, one for gringos and one with the good stuff just for Vietnamese people. I stay away from places with smart ass names, like "What The Pho?" (yes, there's a slew of them with that name), and if I encounter a Viet restaurant that is serving the gringos different food - like watered down pho - I would either say something or never go back again or both, but I never have, though I have in some Korean restaurants,at least I think I have, but then I'm paranoid to begin with!

Nov 03, 2009
justjoe in Phoenix

Seeking life changing Chinese food like House of Nanking (PHX)

"but most "gringos" really wouldn't care for what's usually on the Chinese menu."

IP - I bet most Chowhound "gringos" would. That is obsolete thinking that goes back many years, before westerners were familiar with Asian cuisine. You can see how many disparaging comments there are about Chinese restaurants in general, and that's because they've become associated with the "greasy crap". I don't believe Vietnamese restaurants ever play that game, and their popularity is soaring in America.

Nov 03, 2009
justjoe in Phoenix

Seeking life changing Chinese food like House of Nanking (PHX)

" Ask for the Chinese menu"

That's a big problem with many Chinese restaurants, even the good ones. They give the gringos the menu with the greasy crap - the fried rice and egg rolls and all, but the good stuff is on the secret Chinese menu.

Nov 03, 2009
justjoe in Phoenix

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

It's getting ridiculous. If Lee Lee is having second thoughts about opening here maybe Mekong Plaza Market, Mesa, AZ could move in instead. I like that new market better than Lee Lee.

Nov 03, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Here's the latest: Opening in three weeks.

Oct 27, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Does Tucson even have a big enough Asian population to support such a store, the same size as the giant one in Mesa? I'd hate to see it finally open and then be mostly empty - and if that was the case it wouldn't be profitable for them to supply it with all the fresh foods that make the ones up north so good, and that would be a vicious cycle reducing the business even more.

Oct 19, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

Same ol "opening soon" sign still up. How long has it been up now? At least a year. How long does it generally take to open an ordinary new supermarket?.

Oct 18, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Sushi or Sashimi in Tucson, Az?

Sushi Ten has new owners - again - and now it's back to being as geat as it used to be, if not better!

Jul 25, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Lee Lee Market

Me too!

Jul 05, 2009
justjoe in Phoenix

Flagstaff Dining

"I second Pato Thai--once you go, you'll never go to any other Thai place in town. It's outstanding."

I third it!

Jul 05, 2009
justjoe in Southwest

Flagstaff Dining

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Jun 13, 2008
justjoe in Southwest

When you try a new ethnic food/restaurant for the first time...

Thanks all - I have always hated asking the server, who invariably says "everything's good".

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Sometimes, and obviously that's useless, and obviously the gringo special (whatever it is - Chinese - anything) is even more worthless, but sometimes the server is straight up, like the chap in the Indian restaurant last week, and sometimes I'll ask what it is on another table that looks good...but the most important clue I have about an ethnic restaurant being good is to look and see if people of that ethnicity are actually patronizing the joint!

Jun 08, 2008
justjoe in General Topics

Advice: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, what to eat?

Had my wisdom tooth out a few days ago. No pre-op instructions - in fact I just walked in with what I thought was a very minor toothache - and no post-op instructions either, except to go gentle on it for the first 24 hours, like no heavy exercise or swishing liquid around hard, but otherwise no restrictions. The whole thing was pain free and it feels like it's mostly healed already. I hear that the lower tooth might be a bit more difficult.

Jun 08, 2008
justjoe in General Topics