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Re: “The Garland Bistro

I recently came back to Tucson after being gone for 9 years. When I saw the mention in the Best Of Tucson issue, I thought I would try one of my old favorites. Well, it's a shadow of what it once was. The food was pretty good but the home-baked bread is gone replaced by regular store-bought bread, and the once-yummy desserts now come from Costco.....really?? The worst part was when I witnessed someone come out from the kitchen and yell at the server who apparently had the audacity to be in the bathroom when we came in! I used to be a server so I pay attention to these things. She still gave us nice service and was very friendly but, based on all of the above I will not be back. The 1 star is because my omelet was ok.

Posted by bring on the yummy on 10/26/2009 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Gooch's Grill

Terrible service and mediocre food. I ordered a "patty melt" which consisted of a slab of beef and a piece of cheese on toasted white bread. I do not recommend this place to anyone.

Posted by abw on 10/25/2009 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Birría Guadalajara

Chile rellenos in the Tucson Area rated according to the Homeland Security Advisory System with three word descriptors.

Birriería Guadalajara: not microwaved enough. Green

Posted by Simon E. on 10/10/2009 at 4:46 PM

Re: “1702

It's disgusting and the service is awful.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Schmutz on 10/01/2009 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Lindy's on Fourth

Overated burgers and service with a frown!!
I would never spend a dime at Lindy's-terrble!!

Posted by Ernesto on 09/27/2009 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Lindy's on Fourth

Don't waste your time eating there! The service is slow and the employees are not friendly! You can get a better burger at In'n Out"!

Posted by hbgirl on 09/25/2009 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Shlomo and Vito’s New York Delicatessen

Overall this restaurant boasts a TASTELESS Menu!.

My first hint that this would not be a pleasant dining experience came when my so called cup of Matzoh Ball soup was sampled.

Ugh! In the cup was a tasteless broth with a few bits of chicken and vegetables.
The matzoh ball looked and tasted like a bleached out tennis ball.

Thank goodness I only ordered half a pastrami sandwich, nothing more than a thick portion of the meat jammed between two slices of rye bread.

One of my friends had to send back her chopped liver sandwich, because it tasted spoiled.

The only enjoyable feature of the dining experience was the very personable young woman who was our server.

Save your money by purchasing the real thing in the ethnic aisle at your local supermarket.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael A. on 09/17/2009 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Burger City

I was very excited about going to Burger City for lunch. I'd read a good review in the Tucson Weekly's "Cheap Eats". But when myself and some co-workers arrived there, a lady met us at the (unlocked) front door with a frown and "We're closed." I peered about the room to see a dozen patrons of various ages happily enjoying their lunch.

The lady must have seen the puzzled look on my face, so she repeated, "We're closed."

That's it. No explanation, no apology, no nothing. Just randomly closed on a Wednesday at noon. WTF?

Posted by Desert Yeti on 09/02/2009 at 2:00 PM

Re: “McClintock's Restaurant

I have to agree w/ JW. My experience was similar and lengthy. My "Prime Dry Aged" New York strip was tough and under cooked on the first attempt, then overdone upon being brought back. The service was mediocre and our server was very unknowledgeable. Our tab for two was over $165 (including 2 glasses of warm wine!)

Skip it!!

Posted by PTerry on 08/24/2009 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Hacienda del Lago

I'm happy to find this review as I was thinking of trying this place again. I will not bother!
Hacienda Del Lago was really good about two or three years ago.
Good enough I recommended it to friends. For some reason their chef left and instantly they went into the toilet. Too bad as there is very little in the Vail area besides Montgomery's biker bar from hell.
Nico's is the best restaurant since Cione's Pizza closed for good.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Hungry in Vail on 08/11/2009 at 4:28 PM

Re: “My Big Fat Greek Restaurant

We also went there (the east side location) with a group of 16 and we were not treated well at all. The manager was rude and downright nasty when we complained. Too bad this restaurant won't be around very long because their food is good.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Perdue on 08/01/2009 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Amereno's Little Italy

This place is over-rated and over-priced.

They don't have parmesan cheese. I sprinkled the cheese brought to the table onto my pasta, it ruined the dish because it was so salty and strong. I asked what it was, after all, Italian restaurants provide you with parmesan to accompany your meal. NOT HERE! It was Romano, so I asked for parmesan and was told they don't have any. It's on the menu; chicken parmesan, veal parmesan. What are they using in the kitchen? The sauce that Mama Amareno makes is so-so, nothing to write home about. I make better marinara.

This place moved to Country Club and Grant, me thinks I won't bother returning. What kind of Italian restaurant doesn't have parmesan cheese?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by jewell on 07/24/2009 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Sur Real

Slow service and they were out of everything decent. Food I did get was not good. Place is loud later in the evening, feels more like a bar than a restaurant.

Posted by Bob on 07/23/2009 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Delectables Restaurant and Catering

ate there several times, service was slow and once my chicken was undercooked. Never go there again.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bob on 07/08/2009 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Hacienda del Lago

this place absoloutley sucks,and the food is below average. they have changed their hours of business, and it makes it impossible to go their and eat. most families eat between 7 and 9pm and they close at 7pm . what type of restaraunt business operates on a 2-4 hour schedule. i dont recommend this place anymore to anyone. the staff is rude!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by denranger on 07/03/2009 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Panda Village

We ate at Panda Village the other night. When we entered the restaurant, it was empty which is usually a bad sign. It was. We ordered iced tea which had a funny taste, I sent mine back. Then when our dinners came, the curry beef was filled up with water chestnuts which is odd for a curry dish. The 'three delight' was terrible, the chicken was spoiled. The hot and sour soup was OK but not exciting. We are unlikely to eat there again.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by mc on 07/02/2009 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Golden Phoenix

If you're talking about that place on 22nd Street in Tucson, AZ. I ask: Have you been there lately? The food (Buffet) is usually room temperature and the staff usually has a very bad attitude. The one server never seems to wash her hands and I have in the past seen food being cut up on one of the tables in the dining area.

As for "decore", the place is dusty and dingy. Not a place I would go if I wasted to be sure of not becoming sick later on.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by BizCritic on 06/28/2009 at 4:36 AM

Re: “Sushi Garden

Yuck! My wife and I ate here last week... here's the rundown:

*Multiple hairs in the the tempura shrimp roll
*Dirty floors
*Sushi too warm... like it had been sitting out for a while
*Overpriced sake
*Bad lighting
*Overpriced in general

...can't really think of any positives besides the sake buzz.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Nate on 06/03/2009 at 6:57 PM

Re: “McClintock's Restaurant

The place has all the ingredients to make a great restaurant: beautiful location and surroundings, new building, well decorated, great atmosphere. It’s just missing one thing: service. Basic service: water, bread, order taking, timeliness, and follow up. I would expect a restaurant claiming this high caliber of service to be on top of the basics. The staff seemed under qualified to work there. We had reservations at 7:00. We didn’t get our salads until after 8:30. In the meantime, our table of 8 devoured about 8 bread baskets and we had to ask for everything from the butter, oil & balsamic and even water. I can’t even blame the service on how busy it was. We were among 5-6 tables…
The food was good, but exceptional by no means. With prices higher than McMahon’s and Fleming’s I was expecting magic. My 45.00 rib eye definitely was no masterpiece. Save your drive and money.

Posted by JW on 05/16/2009 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Little Café Poca Cosa

THE WORST SERVICE IN TUCSON, AZ. THE OWNER LIKES TO KISS PEOPLE ON THE MOUTH. YUMMY, MONO FOR EVERYONE :) THE FOOD IS TOSSED IN YOUR LAP, AND GENERALLY YOUR MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHETHER OR NOT YOU ENJOYED YOUR FOOD. WASTE OF $$$$$

0 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Tucsonan_85705 on 04/22/2009 at 4:40 PM

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