Their desserts are amazing, and their specials will sometimes blow your mind. Their staff has always been very friendly every time I've gone in. To accentuate the laid-back atmosphere, they have games you can play, or you can bring your own. They also have a great selection of hot teas, along with the standard milk selection. Sometimes you have to wait a while to get a table, and sometimes it takes a little bit to get your stuff, but that's because they're always busy with people who know just how amazing they are.
Some dishes are a bit oily and they certainly don't use the best cuts of chicken or pork. You'll come across a little gristle here and there. Even so, this place offers some real tasty dishes. The curry is very good as are a few other items. Pleasant servers. Prices are very competitive too. With its few minor faults, this place remains one of the better Thai restaurants in town.
In response to CaliMan's post that "Los Angles and Portland blow Tucson out of the water food-wise," first I'd just like to say that it's called 'LA' and it's spelled out, L-O-S A-N-G-E-L-E-S. While I agree that Tucson is no Asian food mecca by any stretch of the imagination, and that it is neither as cosmopolitan or West-coast hip as Portland, I think CaliMan is missing the most important detail here: nobody in Tucson cares about LA or Portland. What we have here is ours, and ours alone. So in terms of regionalism and localism, Tucson's Sonoran-inspired cuisine kicks LA and Portland right in their huevos. And we are grateful to have at least one Asian restaurant like Bai Thong that tries hard to make their dishes traditional. Rustic, traditional, and local cuisine is what Tucson is made of, and so, CaliMan, judging by your comments, I'd say that you've missed this aspect of Tucson culture entirely. Maybe you should just move back to 'Los Angles' and tell them that your taste buds dried out in the heat.
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!
Surly, slow service. Weird pureed "lentil" soup with no discernible lentils - tasted like Campbell's cream of tomato with dry herb garnish. The beef, lamb, chicken were gristly, un-choice cuts, overcooked, unmarinated, tasteless. Hummous was ho-hum, baba ghanoush disappointingly bland. Only the tabouli salad had any flavor. WARNING: Prices are more expensive in person than listed on their website, overly generous gratuity added automatically to check. Smallish portions considering price. VERY UNSATISFYING MEAL.
Went here for my anniversary and the food, service, and atmosphere was charming and pleasant. It was a fantastic meal and our server was a delight.
Best we have experienced in Tucson. Fresh fish, large pieces and reasonable prices. Very good atmosphere and service.
Not a lot of people know about sushi on oracle, but once you eat there, you will never go anywhere else! Their service is outstanding and their food is very fresh. The sushi chefs are super friendly when you go and sit down at the sushi bar. It's a small restaurant, but very family oriented. Everybody helps each other out. I would recommend anybody and everybody to go here!
Bottom line is El Charro sucks, regardless of location. They don't even heat up their Americanized, pre-made food enough. Come on guys. At least heat your crap up a little longer in the microwave before you serve it.
Decent sea food but most meals are somewhat overpriced. Also, the drinks are "stupid" expensive here. The exterior is dumpy though the inside is just fine. Want better seafood and ambiance for about the same price? Make the trip to the Skyline area.
This kind of a late entry as we ate here a few months back. Verdict? OK food. Basically a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. About the anti SB1070 comment from john127. If that's true about not speaking English to customers I won't be back either. This same thing happens to me every time I go to the deli section at all Food City stores. The women actually give me an attitude for not ordering in Spanish. This is totally unacceptable! If you dislike America why are you here? Oh that's right. The free government handouts. I forget.
Really good pizza. Not the best in town but certainly good. We'd probably go more often but the place is small and gets way too busy.
Rather crappy tasting food. Sorry but this place isn't good these days. Soggy tacos, mushy undercooked tamales, rice and beans served at room temperature, and the beef tastes like 5 day old leftovers. Maybe they used to be good? I notice more and more graffiti on this side of town to. Is everything going downhill around here?
This is a great place! I love the fast, fresh, healthy food here. I followed Lori to this location when she left her Oracle location. Friendly family owned place, I'm always greeted by name, and the food is consistently excellent. I can't say enough about it.
A wonderful place, Tucson is lucky to have it. Before you go to a big box wine store, stop here and you'll keep coming back. The owner is very full of wine knowledge and has never let us down with a recommendation. Go there!!!!
Pizza here is fantastic. Thin crust Chicago style. I love the turkey sausage he makes, and the shrimp and artichoke specialty pizza is delicious!!
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.
Okay but the food was underwhelming. When we went the waitstaff seemed to lack training. Lighting and table location was odd.
They really dont know how to cook veal. One dish that promised prosciutto used slices of processed deli ham. An osso bucco dish used pork shank instead of veal. Their wine selection is poor- no thought whatsoever to their wine list. Just a random sampling of ordinary Italian and California selections one would find at Wal-mart. Service is very spotty and unprofessional. Prices not competitive with other more authentic Italian bistros in the area. Avoid at all costs.
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