The place is nice and laid back. It is great to be able to watch people go by in one of the few areas where there is actual foot traffic in this city. However, sometimes I feel as if the staff are a little prejudiced toward what I call the "hemp-necklace" crowd and can be quite dismissive toward people who don't wear the badges of their little alternative society, such as ragged clothes, multiple piercings, and tattoos.
We finally went here and both had combo plates with chicken and pulled pork. Verdict: The meats were just so so. Brush Fire lacked that quality, fresh-cooked favor you'd expect at better BBQ houses. The meats were rather soggy and their sauces do little to make things taste better. In fact, we'd advice you to order your meat without sauce. This way it won't be swimming in it. Simply add your own afterwards. And the sides? OK but nothing to write home about. But at just $10.50 a plate, we can't complain too much.
We used to stop in to grab coffee on our way to work quite a lot. Owner was nice, but so chatty that it kind of got on our nerves...so we didn't go in as much. The last time we did stop in, she must have been in a bad mood, because when we placed our coffee orders she said something to the effect of "It's going to be awhile because I'm cooking these orders" in a snippy voice. Okay.....fine.....sorry to have bothered you. And we haven't been back since.
We agree with fuzzygoats comment. Another why to put is, all icing and no cake. In other words, the sandwiches are heavy on the bread and rather light on the main ingredients. Moreover, most of the sandwiches are bland tasting as well. But are they better than say Subway? Yeah maybe, but not by that much.
The food is good but a little pricey. The hostess, Cheyenne, was a real treat!
Finally went here after hearing a friend say the pizza was good. I went for a lunch special, salad and a two-topping slice of pizza for about $7. Verdict. The salad was rather good (not blow you away good, but pretty darn good). As for the pizza. The slice was plenty big but only decent tasting. It had an almost Bisquick-like crust quality and taste to it. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I wasn't disappoint with my meal at all. However, I expected it to be better since my friend raved about the place. I do agree with the previous post in that the service is friendly. Still, Grimaldi's is the place for truly great pizza in Tucson.
Glorified Bar food at the best. Nothing spectacular and would not bring my out of town guests here to experience a great steakhouse.
Bread is good but I don't want half a loaf for a sandwich. Maybe the build up was too much, but it wasn't the best thing since sliced bread for me.
The pizza side of the restaurant is great. The restaurant has good classic Italian dishes, but too expensive for what you get. I still go for the pizza though.
Had a great time with the family for dinner. Staff was helpful and quick. Food was good.
Past it's prime. You can find better restaurants in Tucson.
LOVE their food, mediocre rating due to slow service and when they run out of something, you don't know until you don't get your food.
Not close to the best in town, but the most expensive asian. Bland.
I liked this place when it wasn't as well known, but the popularity of the place has exacerbated some of its worst drawbacks. For starters, it's deafeningly loud even when it's only somewhat busy; there's no sound-absorbing material whatsoever and even a few conversations can create a roar, especially because the TV is also usually turned up high. There's something up with the climate control, as well, because the temperature ranges from uncomfortably warm to cool enough to require a sweatshirt, with no correlation to the temperature outside.
All that aside, go for the beer, not the food. As other reviewers have noted, the pizza slices don't come in any size but gargantuan--way more food than I actually want--and if you add a couple of toppings, a slice will run you 8 bucks or more. I don't want to spend $8 on any pizza slice, but especially not the mediocre slices they have here: the sauce is fairly bland and there's something strange about the dough. The salads are pretty good--I've never had one with veggies that weren't fresh-- but also huge.
The beer selection is one of the very best in town, and Angie (the Aussie) is one of the most knowledgeable tap-people around (plus she's really friendly and outgoing). If you're not sure what to order, tell her what you like; she'll make some suggestions and bring you some tastes.
Grandpa likes it. It's cheap. Safe place to take the cousins from Indiana.
Skybox needs to add a Fri & Sat night schedule to website. Including a little forecast into the future for planning purposes. This would attract more customers. Another suggestion would be to expand the dance floor.
Our first couple of times we were impressed and found a new favorite for Mexican food in Tucson. Since the move to the new location we've been there twice and were disappointed each time. Once chips were brought to our table soggy! and I had a Carne Asada steak brought to me raw! Too big too fast?
I agree- the prices aren't real high. The steaks are all right- but the sides are so basic and in desperate need of updating.
The atmosphere is good and for old movie fans, there's enough memorabilia on the walls to enjoy.
What I do like about El Corral- it's what I consider to be a Safe For Grandma restaurant. We have older out of town guests and the meat/potato/veg/roll routine reduces mealtime anxiety ("Is it SPICY? Because I forgot my Prilosec!").
Gus Balon's has good service and nice size portions but the food could use a little spice. Maybe some black pepper at least. The pies are great when they're fresh but the serve them way past their prime.
I have to agree with Jeff; I would not advise going here if you are solely looking for a quality pie. The pizza is adequate, but unexceptional. 1702 is really about atmosphere. It's an awesome place to kick back with friends; the energy here is great. Lots of happy, beer-buzzed folks having a good time with their group.
As Jeff mentioned there are more beers on tap than you could shake a fist at. So, definitely come here if you are looking for a variety of beers on tap.
To sum it up: great ambience, exceptional beer, ho-hum food.
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