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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Americana

Re: “Mays Counter Chicken and Waffles

Just went there in mid-June, 2011. Wasn't sure about fried chicken and waffles, but both are very well done! I had the chicken breasts and they were so moist, and very large. The waffles are very egg and the maple syrup delicious. I would give 5 stars except that I think they should put more vegetables on the menu. This is not authentic Southern food, but it's just a step away (substitute hush puppies for waffles...). So Southern vegetables such as mustard greens, carrots, squash, collard greens, would round out the meals nicely. I gather they have okra, though I missed it on the menu.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by W.D. on 06/18/2011 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

What could be a reasonable restaurant is totally ruined by this chain's ridiculous overuse of salt. Every single menu item we've tried has been saturated with salt. In fact, the last time we went my lips felt parched from all the salt. I'm not kidding! We told the manager yet all he did was essentially deny the obvious fact of how they prepare their food. His loss because we're now done with Firebirds.

We guarantee you'll be blow away by Firebird's total overuse of salt. Think we're exaggerating? Find out for yourself, if you dare.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jamesbcat on 06/10/2011 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Toni's Family Restaurant

Standard diner fare, ate there twice. First had the chicken fried steak breakfast, very good, thin large steak cooked old fashioned style on the flat top vice deep frying, asked for scrambled eggs soft and that's how I got them. Second time, burger platter, asked for medium, done right! Fries were so hot and fresh I burnt my fingers at first. Super fast delivery, almost no waiting and they were busy. Only complaint was the waitress reeked of cheap perfume, but I guess that's a diner!

Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 06/02/2011 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Solaris Restaurant

wow talk about BAD service, over priced... bad bad bad, I went in with my children and right away got the cold shoulder. It took the waitress well over an hour to even serve our salads and appetizer, and when I ordered shirly temples for my 3 kids (ages 2,4 and 12) she brought them all in wine glasses... for a 2 year old! they were out of some main greek dishes and after complaining about the wait the manager did not even come over to check on me. I went on 2 separate occasions because I beleive in 2nd chances and both times were very bad experiances!

Posted by katieryan0606 on 05/28/2011 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Dry River Company

Great place to sit and have a pizza. There used to be a really bad bakery in this location. The appetizers are incredible and the pizza sublime. We had the oven-baked garlic clove and it is incredible! I live in Phoenix and can't wait to get back there again.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wildcats_SUCK on 05/17/2011 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Jerry Bob’s

Ate there on 5-3-2011 The waitress we had had an attitude, she forgot one of our coffee's and when we asked for it she wasn't very happy. She almost dumped water on us, and proceeded to tell the cook about it....then we were worried about what was going to come out of the kitchen. The tortilla that came with breakfast was as hard as a rock, and wouldn't come off the was stuck! We turned the plate upside down and it still would not come off. If this waitress were one of my employee's, I would have fired her. Not only was breakfast bad (we had a party of 5) for all of us, the wait was extremely long. I still left a tip and told her that the only reason why I did was so that she would have a better day...her response..."Whatever"
Save your money, time, and palate... eat somewhere else.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by junebug6364 on 05/04/2011 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Dry River Company

One of the best thin crust pizzas in town made with hand-pulled mozzarella! Had their yummy chicken parm dinner the other night (homemade pasta noodles) and I could not finish it--too much food. This is rare for me.

Overall, the food has been great and there is a good selection for wine and beer, although I admit having a weakness for the PBR. Two patio seating areas, one for dining side, one for bar. Bar patio is a good option if you want to be a little rowdy at happy hour or if you smoke.

Keep up the good work DRC!

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by zarathustra on 04/08/2011 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Jax Kitchen

Love Jax. It is one of our favorites on the the north side. Food is simple, relaxed and perfectly prepared every time. The quality is there on the plate! Brian is a sharp restauranteur and his focus on detail, quality and a truly comfortable atmosphere is what keeps us coming back again and again.

Posted by tacowitz on 03/31/2011 at 6:46 PM

Re: “The Good Egg

Had Breakfast at their Speedway/Kolb location, Nice clean and new place with great staff but High prices coupled with just OK bland food. The place has not changed since my last visit about 3 years ago. Won't be going back for awhile.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vic in Tucson on 03/30/2011 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Bubby's Chicago Style

Friendly servers but other than that we really weren't impressed with the food. Having lived back east we had great dogs and deli food. Want a really great hot dog? Try a simple Sabrret, Coney Island or Nathan's dog with just a few of the standard toppings. This way you'll actually be able to taste the product. Jalapenos, pickles, mayo... Forget it!

In any case, I wish the business well. However, even with the new on/off ramp now being open the location is unlikely to draw lots of patrons. Let's hope their lease is reasonable. As a former business owner, I know all too well how many hands, (taxes, worker's comp., electric bill, etc..), are in your pocket every month. It's tuff making it.

Posted by RetiredCouple on 03/28/2011 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

I agree with the previous review. Dinner prime rib has been very dissapointing, to the point of almost inedible one time. The wait staff for the most part is very upbeat and courteous, however, the last time we were there for dinner (last fall), my father (70's), asked for prime rib, medium well. It came out medium rare, and the server argued that the piece was medium well, and to deal with it. Needless to say, that ruined our entire evening. My prime rib was so full of grissle that I ate between the lines (literally), and not once did anyone come check on us, until it was check time. We did try to explain (twice, once to waitstaff, and once on the way out to the manager, who was non-existant throughout the entire night), why we left entire meals, but nobody seemed concerned, just explained that they were busy that night....(OK??). IMHO it's gone way downhill, and we won't be back. Too many other places that serve a good steak in town to bother with figuring out if that night's dinner will be acceptable or not or if the wait staff will be courteous or not. (FYI: my father said it would need to be the last place in Tucson before he ever goes back). Now the other items on the menu other than red meat seem to look very good and the appetizers are pretty good. If anyone has a good experience with their steaks/prime rib, and it seems to be coming back to what it used to be, I'd like to hear them, only then will I consider it to be of the same quality as other restaurants in the area...C'mon we're talking La Encantada here....

Posted by Foodie on 03/23/2011 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Jerry Bob’s

Just came back from eating breakfast here this morning. I suppose it was better than Denny's but that's not saying a whole lot. Anyhow. I took a chance on the biscuits with white gravy. Verdict? Very, very bland gravy over soggy, under cooked biscuits. Unfortunately these greasy spoons are starting to pop up all over filling up otherwise good real estate space. Yeah! Tucson needs more Jerry Bob's like it needs more subpar Mexican restaurants, pawn shops, pay day cash advance stores, smoke shops, and graffiti riddled neighborhoods, right?

So I ask. With restaurants like Jerry Bob's popping up all over, is this a testament that Tucsonians are content with eating at second and third rate restaurants?

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by CaliMan on 03/13/2011 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Jerry Bob’s

They basically serve truck stop food. Actually it's not all that bad, unless you care about eating healthy that is. A heap of food for not too much. Works for some I suppose.

Posted by RetiredCouple on 02/18/2011 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Golden Corral

Excellent place to meet really obese people. But the food? Not so good.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by RetiredCouple on 02/18/2011 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Native Grill & Wings

Total rip-off. Had been there a few times. Each time I was disappointed, which makes you wonder why I came back after my first rip-off experience there. The last time I went (which will remain the last time) I ordered a burger with curly fries. The burger was alright, however the curly fries tasted stale and microwaved. I didn't bother saying anything to the waitress considering she didn't cook the food. However, she was friendly. But that won't make up for the crap food they serve.

Posted by gizailsnizail on 02/15/2011 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Chicago Bar

I don't mean to be rude but we saw Shell Shock and found them to be rather boring. We left after the first set. It was a long drive for us to be let down. By the way, we love classic rock when it's done well. Sorry.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by RetiredCouple on 02/11/2011 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Denny's

Their slogan should read, "Denny's, It doesn't getting any worse than this."

Posted by RetiredCouple on 02/10/2011 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Denny's

Don't go to Denny's. Support local diners like Chaffins on broadway and euclid doing the same thing - way better.

Posted by no on 01/11/2011 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Chaffin's Family Restaurant

I own a little breakfast place myself but love to go here. This is one of those old americana style diners that unfortunately is a dying breed. If you go - come with the expectations of having a great old "diner experience" order the bacon, scrambled eggs, toast and hash browns while browsing the old vinyl record sleeves posted on the wall above the cooking area.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by no on 01/11/2011 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Native Grill & Wings

I like this place for watching sports events, and the food isn't bad... The advice I'd give however, is to make sure you check what they bill to your credit card.. Twice now the amount that they tried to charge to my credit card was higher than the amount of my total bill, including the tax... The first time, when I asked where the extra few dollars came from after they brought me the charge slip to sign, I was told that there was a several dollar extra charge that didn't appear on my bill, because I asked for ice in my drink... I'm not kidding... On the second occasion when they overcharged me, when I asked why my credit card charge was about five dollars higher than my total bill with tax, I was told that they accidentally billed me for someone else's bill... Once I can shrug off, but twice makes me raise an eyebrow.. So although this may have been an innocent error, make sure that what Native New Yorker in Marana charges to your credit card matches your bill, before you sign the charge slip.

Posted by consumercritic on 01/08/2011 at 12:42 PM

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