The best part dining here are the frozen Margaritas. The food does not merit the wait, not much different than street fare.
Old school Italian circa 1960's. Nothing fantastic, just solid mainline Italian style cooking. Exactly what one might expect next to a military base. Joe's special is noodles and cheese with little more than a dollup of tomato sauce.
Stopped by to try the beer. Was not impressed. Prefer Nimbus.
I ate at this restaurant Saturday night with my son. We ate in the bar area. It had a great atmosphere. Lot's of big screen TVs. Good selection of beers on tap.
Service was pretty good except I had to track down the server when I wanted my check (I really hate that).
We ordered some wings for an appetizer. They were pretty good by western NY state standards. I ordered an individual sized veggie pizza and my son ordered a small "Chicken Da Vinci" pizza. The pizzas both "looked nice" and had fresh ingredients.
And now for my big beef with this place,... Both pizzas were UNDER BAKED. The middles of the pizzas were lukewarm with the cheese only slightly melted. The cheese was not browned at all. The crusts were not browned at all. None of the ingredients had blended. It just tasted like the individual lukewarm ingredients. Also, the pizza crusts were prefabricated and bland
If they baked the pizzas a few extra minutes they would have a much better product. After all, the words "Gourmet Pizza" are in their name.
Would I go back? I'm on the fence. There wasn't one thing that stood out that would make me want to go back. Since I have to make a recommendation I have to say "No".
"one of Tucson’s most popular places to be seen"
I rather eat great Chinese food than be seen - and all you can do here is be seen and buy over-priced, mediocre, not really Chinese food. Save you image and go to Vancouver, San Fran, Hong Kong, etc and learn about real Chinese food. You don't need "a chic, eclectic ambience" - you need to know what real food tastes like - or be seen at MacDonald's.
A disappointment. Major problem with portion control. The famous carne seca platter came with a 1/4 - 1/3 pound portion of beef not the 1/2 pound as listed on the menu and the sides have also shrunk. The pozole stew was too much broth.
The truth is I really want to love this place. I absolutely love to drink and brew beer. I live downtown and the Barrio Brewery is easily walking distance from my house. It's got a really great environment. The Problem is the beer is just so terrible. Literally every single beer they make is criminally wrong. The from the IPA to the Porters and Stouts everything is just off (and it's hard to screw up a stout). Beyond that the beer actually makes me ill. Every time I go there and have more than one or two beers I get sick. I also know other people who have said the same thing.
If your not a beer connoisseur then head on over. If you are, do yourself a favor and order a shot of tequila with your burger.
Very nice outdoor patio agreat day to spend an evening. If only the food was good, its a shame that Caruso's can't have a chef that makes authentic and delicious Italian food. Every time I have been here I am disappointed with the food.
Two stars at the very most. Food is mediocre (service is excellent), and it doesn't take American Express Cards. I'm a business traveler, our business card is American Express, and not accepting American Express is the kind of attitude that keeps travelers away. We can get mediocre food at franchise without the hassle of dipping into our own pockets.
Others like this place, but it's not my kind of barbecue. I've been there twice and the meat was cold both times. It's served without sauce - you add your choice of sauce. The meat is smoked, but not well seasoned - it's very bland without the sauces. The sauces are ho-hum. The sides are ho-hum.
Very formulaic but decent SW-style BBQ etc. A bit high in price for what you get. Also, the interior is way too dark. I kept wondering what it was they didn't want me to see.
This might be a good place to get cheap sushi, but not so much high quality. I'm originally from Hawaii, so I know fresh fish, and what I got here made me pause even just looking at it. Eating it did not improve my estimate.
I've been brought there a couple of times by friends that love it, so clearly it works for some people, but I will turn down any future invitations to eat there.
I keep on hoping this place will catch on since its on my side of town. The set up is fun and comfortable, great for small get togethers with firends. The food however is uninspired. The baked goodies are great, but if your looking for a light meal its not so great. Not horrible, just plain and sometimes not as fresh as I'd like.
The food was merely adequate, and the service was downright bizarre: we were in the middle of our appetizers when the main course was served. That's lousy kitchen management.
Had lunch here was fairly disappointed. There are a few better choices in Tucson.
The food here was about as 'ethic' as bratworst at a circle K.
I agree with the above. Shop at the ethnic aisle at your local store instead.
Was hoping for a better experience. The vide isn't happening here. The food isn't really worth the prices and the sound system is sorta low budget. Wish this place were better as there isn't much else around this area.
I've really enjoyed eating here for dinner, but the buffet that everyone is raving about was REALLY DISSAPOINTING. Have the people who love this buffet ever had the buffet at Sher-E-Punjab??? It's TEN TIMES better, more variety, and cheaper.
Nice atmosphere but that's were the fun stops. I mean some of the appetizers are OK, only when there're sold at happy hour prices mind you. Both times I an actual main courses they were WAY too salty and or WAY too sweet. Trust me, I like adventurous flavor but not when it's done like this. Wrong guys! The wannabes can have at it. I'll stick to Firebirds or Bluepoint when at La Encantada. Or, I can always go to AJ's, pay too much for grocery items and cook my own dinner.
Small bar with a tiny stage for bands. Owner books the same two bands over and over. Not enough good new talent. Same old same old. Not real bad or anything, however, a lot of burnt out smoker frequent this dive.
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