I've eaten my share of fry bread at San Xavier and elsewhere. It's definitely a good Southwestern traditional indian treat, it's also a very different experience than a great sopapilla.
Sopapillas are often served up in a basket, especially as a dessert treat. They're very commonly served in New Mexican restaurants. A good sopapilla is really like a airy "pillow" more air than fried bread. You bite off one of the corners and use honey for a real treat.
Tania's is only a few blocks away and is fantastic !!!!
Have you ever had the fry bread at San Xavier? Served most Sundays, I believe.
@AsianHomeCook - I just looked at their menu on-line... it definitely looks like a good bet, I'll check them out - Thanks for the suggestion!
@JCC - your best bet is probably Poco and Mom's. As far as I know, they're the only place that serves them period. And yes, they serve them with honey.
I'm wondering where, in Tucson, one actually finds really good sopapillas.... I'm originally from New Mexico, and well remember the delightful sopapillas served at some of the Old Town Albuquerque restaurants (especially, when I was in college at UNM, at the La Hacienda restaurant). Light and airy, freshly fried and hot, they were wonderful with honey on the table (NO whipped cream or powdered sugar... ugh)!
Does any restaurant in Tucson know how to make them really well...?
I ordered the mole at this restaurant once. It looked and tasted as though they had poured the contents of a spitoon over the chicken breast. It was awful. I have never returned.
The only reason this place still exists is the fact that there are so few restaurants at all in this area of West Tucson. Service is marginal, owner could care less, portions small. Just nothing at all about tis place to recommend!
The truth can be painful...
Adam, are you back in town?
You seem to mention every place downtown but ELLIOTT's on Congress...
There's a lot of 'trendy' new places downtown and a few stale old haunts. I'm not sure if this over-saturation of restaurants is the answer or a 'boom'. There seems to be a great deal of ambition and money thrown around...that's for sure! Too much too soon might end up with a lot of empty tables and lost possibility due to under planning and lack of direction or talent. Some of these new places have some real character. Others are just opening doors to get in on a perceived trend. With all the flashy new places driving up prices and creating long lines for so much of the same mediocrity, there's something to be said for vibe and not flash or names. Elliott's has established itself (through a great deal of downtown setbacks) as a place that seems to have always been there like an old friend despite being open a year. The scene there is very inviting and relaxed with great food and music during the week. The Congress Restaurant Renaissance has some things going on West of 6th ave too...
Weil. Yawn. Kingsolver. Yaaaaaawnnnn. Nabhan? Potential. Sounds sort of like a Better Homes and Gardens for the local food movement at this point. I smell stagnation and boredom and yuppie horseshit. Will there be coupons for signature Weil facial cream?
C'mon, Doug. We generally don't let anyone use our comment section for advertising their commercial product. Your connection to the paper (which I appreciate) is no exception. I hope the best for EBA, but you could always buy an ad, no?
Hey! I had a post about Edible Baja Arizona and it was deleted. That's rather petty, Dan! I have a suggestion: How about a feature story about our new magazine (an inherently good idea, not to mention the fact that your very job is the result of the efforts of yours truly)? That would be great! Barbara Kingsolver writes us a sweet valentine and Andy Weil talks about the value of local foods, Gary Paul Nabhan on our region as an exemplar for agriculture in a world impacted by climate change, et alia. Thanks!!
Casa Vicente has been serving amazing Spanish cuisine since 2005 and has been packing people in for tapas, wine and flamenco ever since.
My dear, dear Rita...
So great to see downtown Tucson blossoming! My friends and I enjoy going downtown to all the new restaurants and watering holes. I am disappointed you didn't mention Elliott's On Congress!! It is one of my favorite places. They have great vodka infused drinks and a good menu. You missed a few others in your words of praise, too. Perhaps you can fill people in on some of the other great places to patronize downtown.
I won't wait more than 20 minutes at ANY eating establishment in Tucson. We have enough restaurants, tables and seats to go accommodate the eating public.
No, thank you. You also made a good point, some local places are absolutely pathetic. Re-heat factory for Kirkland brands, at best.
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