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Comment Archives: Locations: 4 Stars

Re: “Bai Thong

I agree with Arthur and Reuven, above; this is a very good Thai restaurant with some excellent dishes. My introduction to Thai food was in Thailand in the 1970's. It was "instant affinity". After that, I frequently sought out Thai places when visiting or living in major cities in the US and Europe, which often provided fine culinary surprises. In Tucson, however, I've been disappointed (including at the other restaurants mentioned in reviews here), despite this city's many other good ethnic (and other) restaurants, so I'm especially happy to report on our superb dinner tonight (November 5th, 2010) at Bai Thong. We odered the gai satay and papaya salad appetizers, Pad Thai and a fish curry. Each was delicious. The peanut sauce was thick and rich and the chicken well-grilled and tender. The papaya salad blended spicy and tart flavors expertly. The fish curry was subtly spiced with kaffir lime leaves and enough anise to round out the peppery coconut sauce without dominating the mix. And the Pad Thai was well blended and just tart enough to bring up the taste of each ingredient. Thai food can be heavy; this wasn’t. The pricing was reasonable, and our service tonight was quick, efficient, attentive, dignified and pleasant, including a lovely smile. The decor (if you radically shrink the space) is actually not unlike many restaurants in Asia (which doesn't tend to the highly atmospheric except for tourists and theater). And the music was thankfully quiet. I personally enjoyed the touch of Buddhist homespun philosophy and scenic photos under the table glass. All in all, Bai Thong treated us to rich, complex and luscious flavors and textures and to an enjoyable evening of great Thai food.

Posted by Margaret on 11/06/2010 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Zachary's

As good as it gets outside of the Windy City. Deep dish like it should be.

Posted by marlin85710 on 11/04/2010 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Vero Amore

Must have been a bad day for darbone - I was there for dinner with two friends last Friday - 10-29 and had a WONDERFUL experience. Very attentive and friendly server, water served right after we were seated and the wine list offered. We split the very generous Caprese salad (no grey prosciutto here) which was wonderfully fresh right down to the very red and tasty tomatoes! We then split 2 pizzas - the Quattro Formaggi (wouldn't have minded just a TAD more cheese) and a special that night with sliced Italian sausage, red and green peppers, onions and lots of cheese. We were in no hurry as we were all catching up on each other's lives and never felt rushed at all. Finished the meal with one of their skillet cookies (chocolate chip with vanilla bean ice cream) and a white chocolate Pannacotta with blackberries. YUM! I know that the Dove Mountain VA has a larger menu but it was WAY too far for 2/3 of our group. We didn't feel cheated one bit by the Swan Road location! 4 stars instead of 5 due to the fact that the cheese pizza needed more cheese!

Posted by eggypann on 11/04/2010 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Blanco Tacos and Tequila

I like it! Happy hour is great.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 7:19 PM

Re: “NoRTH

One of my favorites in Tucson. Great ambience and food.

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Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Sat on the terrace. Nice ambiance, jazz trio playing. Seafood was good. Drinks were good. Would go again.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Inca's Peruvian Cuisine

I found the Lomo Saltado dish simply delicious and the beef was a quality cut. I like the savory seasoning of the dishes I went with my girlfriend and we had a polite waiter that gave us good service. The pictures of Peru are enjoyable to watch, quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Posted by sasep on 10/23/2010 at 4:15 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

I love the salads, they are fresh and full of crisp veggies with garbanzo beans and a delicious dressing. Another favorite is the persian chicken kebob- Jojeh sandwich I find the sauce and onions in this wrap, I have not been able to try much more because these are my favorites.

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Posted by sasep on 10/23/2010 at 4:08 PM

Re: “De Anza Drive-In

Gone but not forgotten. Tucson's last surviving drive-in theater closed abruptly on October 3, 2009. The DeAnza Corporation announced it was closing only 3 days before.

It had been offered for sale every year since at least 1999 when a Denver man tried to buy it and run it as a drive-in theater.

The DeAnza folks just abandoned it and did very little maintenance and zero promotion so it had become very shabby. It still had a loyal clientele though, and depending on the movies, business could be brisk on weekends.

Vandals speeded up the demise by covering every inch of the buildings with graffiti. Plans were underway to use the property as a fundraiser for a new drive-in but in response to the neighborhood and police complaints, the development company leveled everything and fenced in the property in March 2010.

Hopefully some day soon, another will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes and Tucson can once again enjoy movies under the stars.

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Posted by gcohn on 10/17/2010 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Dizzy G's

Good breakfast at an affordable price. The atmosphere is a little dark and dingy, but the food makes up for it. Highly recommend it, and wish they were open both on weekends and for dinner.

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Posted by anoymouyous on 10/16/2010 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Mi Nidito

This is the real deal in spite of the hype of the past decade since "the president" dined here. The food is authentic; fattening and rich in Sonoran style sauces and traditions. The building is but a hole in the wall but it's owners and staff put out flavorful favorites; my personal pick: chicken enchiladas. You'll have a wait if you go at normal mealtimes. My advice: go at an off hour and enjoy!

Posted by saleslady2010 on 10/02/2010 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Renee's Organic Oven

For those of you that have a gluten sensitivity and miss pizza, eclectic delivers great tasting gluten-free pizza... at a cost. The pizza and other gluten free menu items seem really overpriced, especially when compared to the regular menu items. The ambiance is kind of awkward. It's in a strip mall along busy Tanque Verde. But the service has been consistently good and the pizza ingredients are fresh, local and organic when possible and delicious. They even serve gluten free beer! Overall, I would ignore the quirks and support this great Tucson business offering an option for Celiacs and gluten sensitive folks.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by mlc on 09/28/2010 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Chili's

If you like being greeted at the door, seated promptly, and served delicious food this is the place to go. It's a great place for an early business lunch or a quick meal while shopping. A great value for the money!

Posted by Ron on 09/23/2010 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Buffalo Exchange

There's a hipster feel to all of the Buffalo Exchanges, but this is my favorite location and the staff location have always been really friendly to me. Regardless, there are amazing finds here with even more incredible prices, and everything is in good shape--this is no tatty, frumpy thrift store. It's also nice to be able to make a few bucks by selling them clothes you no longer wear, though they're pretty picky about what they'll buy (which makes sense; if they bought crap they'd sell crap). It's a great place to jazz up the wardrobe without spending much.

Posted by SEA on 09/16/2010 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea

Bentley's sandwiches are great, as are the coffees. I'm pretty much just seconding cgerken's 1/22/10 glowing review, including the part about table space being something of a precious commodity because people treat it like their living room. But the baristas are friendly AND they give you a toy animal (say, a dinosaur or a cow) to mark your table while you wait for your food.

Posted by SEA on 09/16/2010 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Uptown Bistro

This place is fun and I really wish more people knew about it and gave it a try. It opened in May 2010 but it isn't really promoted anywhere but Facebook and is tucked inside the Pioneer Building where Monkey Box used to be, by Ike's. However, it has great hours--one of the only places downtown (if not the only one) that's open early for breakfast and late for dinner 7 days a week-- and has a fair number of regulars. The printed menu is limited, with a number of seafood dishes (I say the fish tacos are the best in town), a kobe burger, a few salads, and the like, but I've seen the kitchen staff accommodate a number of special requests, including vegetarian and vegan. The ambiance is very pleasant, with gallery space on the walls, not-too-loud music, a full bar, and a little patio outside. The drawbacks are mostly logistical in that the space is not very big, but at least it's laid out pretty well so it doesn't feel cramped. You also have to get a key and go down a hallway to get to the bathroom, which is kind of annoying, but the well-lit building is mostly used for professional offices, there's a security guard, and the bathrooms are clean. There's only one TV and it's usually on mute--a welcome change from most places in town, for a lot of us--but they do show the big games (like UA sports, World Cup, etc.) and, again, all you have to do is ask if there's something you want to catch. There's been some staff turnover but the steadies are friendly yet professional, and it seems to draw mostly a mellow-but-not-uptight crowd during the day. Weekend nights will sometimes have djs spinning house music until the morning, and there's live jazz every Friday.

Posted by SEA on 09/16/2010 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano

Never fails to please. Good food. Bring back the steak sandwich with balsamic carmelized onions.

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Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering

Decent food and service. Osso bucco was excellent. I wish they would offer the seafood soup that Red Sky Cafe used to have.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Luke's Italian Beef

Closest thing you'll find to a Chicago hot dog in Tucson. Fries are excellent.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Ha Long Bay

Very good place. Reminds me of Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County (Little Saigon).

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:38 PM

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