Picky Palate, It s considered the Eastside following our rubric.
Fini's is fun, and it's generally a good value, with a caveat. Your waitress will ask if you want coleslaw or fries, etc. with your burger or other selection. She won't mention that if you take the bait, it's an extra three or four dollars (I don't recall exactly, just that it really boosted the bill for the table.)
Fini's is also a cilantro-lover's paradise, so if you are one of the many who can't stand the stuff, your options will be really limited.
Lastly, and this is a minor quibble, Fini's is in the Catalina Foothills, a straight shot up Swan to near the top. It is nowhere near the east side of town.
You didn't mention the best side dish, the fried pickles. They are the best I have ever had. Dill pickle spears, coated with a mildly spicey batter and fried to perfection. The pickles are crunchy and juicy even after being fried.
Honestly, I think there is a lot of the blame game going on at this restaurant. Their answer to problems is firing people when it's the operating chef partner that is the problem. He does not have much talent in the kitchen and seems to just be floating along trying to make it look like he isn't the problem to the partner who posted above. This is a fantastic venue that could be truly lucrative and make a lot of east side people happy if you clean house at the top. The same goes for their restaurant in Mt. Lemmon. Why do you want to fail? I can imagine the new restaurant that they will be opening downtown will never get more than a 3 star average yelp rating. Time to open your eyes. Seriously, Saguaro Corners could be a fantastic destination! End the a$& kissing and blame game, treat and pay your people fairly and they might want to do good work.
To me, beer is food. Have it for at least one meal a day minimum.
Hey Picky Palate-imagine that some people enjoy spirits with their food and you might be able to buy a clue.
Kudos to both Hamilton Distillery for bringing artisan spirits to Tucson and for the Tucson Weekly for featuring yet another community-based group doing their part to keep our city vibrant and unique!
Interesting commentary. We do need a place on the east side! I'm looking forward to see if the've managed to fix things! And really hope they did! Tired of having to drive cross town!
PickyPalate: We're going to keep running restaurant reviews and eventually there will be two pages of food/drink articles (one review/one feature). I think beer/wine/cocktail culture best falls under Chow, however, so you'll probably see articles about that sort of thing in this space more often, just not always at the expense of the review.
I look forward to restaurant reviews in the Weekly, so it is disappointing to see a feature on a distillery instead. There's nothing wrong with the feature, but it is not about chow and belongs elsewhere. I hope this is an aberration and not a new trend.
Sorry, but based on my one experience there (admittedly a few years ago), I have no love for Wildflower. Yes, it was noisy, but what's worse, the staff were miserably rude and stuck-up and my fellow diners complained that their food was cold. Later on in the evening, I politely asked the headwaitress for a dessert menu. She looked distinctly horrified, as if I had asked her to clean my toilet with her toothbrush--how dare I! We never went back. Oh, and did I mention that whenever I went shopping at Casas Adobes I always got attitude from the staff preparing the patio? Apparently if you weren't going to eat there, you weren't allowed to look in the windows of the neighboring stores.
Burnie Mak, you crack me up!
Honestly Picky, who wants to speak to their spouse?
It can be noise, all right! It was so ear-splittingly loud when my husband and I went there for dinner that we couldn't carry on a conversation. If that marks a "successful" restaurant, something is very wrong with that metric. We've never been back.
You failed to mention the free entertainment that is provided by the gun and knife fights at the neighboring Cowpony.
Russian Food - Its not just caviar, potatoes and vodka anymore.
I have been there several times and agree completely with the review. The food is excellent and the service helpful. I think it's time for a return visit.
Why don't they just go back to the way it was in the '60's & '70's? And I know how hard it is to get good help in the biz.
I haven't visited this restaurant yet and I think comment posts can be helpful in deciding where to eat but they shouldn't be the only reason you don't visit. Everyone has an opinion and we all have bad days. Being out of product and having your servers ignorant to the products you do have can make it a lousy visit, no doubt. But give them a chance to get their feet wet and hopefully things will turn around.
As one of the owners of Saguaro Corners I wanted to share some thoughts. First I will say that Dan's experience on Sunday was a bit of a trend at the end of July, beginning of August. Since then we have let go of the general manager (the grunter) and have revamped the kitchen to enhance the food quality. We will continue to tweak food, service and atmosphere since we have been open less than five months. Our ultimate goal is to create a special and wonderful music venue on the Eastside. Rest assured we are a tireless group of people that believe great food, fun music, consistent service and a special atmosphere is needed on the far eastside. So please don't give up on us because of a poor Sunday for Dan. In fact our goal is to exceed your expectations and add a unique venue/restaurant on the eastside. We look forward to Dan's third visit. Thanks for listening.
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