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Re: “Illustrious Indian

hiiiimarcy, Readers are often wrong. Popularity does not always equal goodness. Keep in mind that readers selected Grill year-in and year-out as Best Diner (when it was neither good nor a diner), and Magpie's as Best Pizza. In this case, the readers may be right but it's still good to see a review that explains WHY Sher-e Punjab is good.

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Posted by donkiyoti on 05/31/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Illustrious Indian

alt-weekly food columnist confirms that restaurant selected by readers as one of top 3 best indian restaurants in tucson for the last several years is good. news at 11.

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Posted by hiiiimarcy on 05/30/2014 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Illustrious Indian

We were there last night, having not seen the article. The best Indian food I have had in a long, long time. We will certainly be back.

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Posted by RobG on 05/29/2014 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Illustrious Indian

This is my favorite Indian restaurant in Tucson - the daily lunch buffet is delicious & a real bargain.

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Posted by Jeff Bilkanich on 05/29/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Illustrious Indian

it's a typo. it must've happened during editing because it's not on my copy.?????

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Posted by rconnelly on 05/29/2014 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Illustrious Indian

What is bbf sweet dough? I googled it, but the first item was your article and nothing else really made much sense? Best Buds Forever sweet dough?

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 05/29/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Illustrious Indian

The byline seems to be missing?

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 05/29/2014 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Oh, I get it now.

The new purpose of journalism is to produce hits. More hits must mean better journalism.

This has lead to a new breed of what I'd call 'journalism trolls'. Their objective is not to produce new, factual information. It's not even to avoid being wrong.

In fact, this new type of journalism actively seeks to be demonstrably wrong. In a perverse way, being wrong leads to more attention than being right. As Jon Stewart said of CNN's mistakes--"It's not a bug, it's a feature."

Journalism trolls actually *want* to be wrong, objectionably wrong, because that brings them attention. And, that is the path Ms. Connelly is treading.

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Posted by teufelsdroch on 05/28/2014 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Taco Time

Gio Taco is fun. Portions small, service...confusing??? But great food and fun. We will endure some of the rest when the food is the best. Just be careful not to get any further out of balance.

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Posted by Rat T on 05/27/2014 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Foothills Flavors

If you didn't have dessert you missed out. The flour less chocolate cake is to die for!

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Posted by Elise Hankwitz on 05/23/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Beer and Bad Service

Agree with Toby. I can't wait till all this new stuff in downtown fails including the shit holes down the street...all local beer owned by a guy from NY. Get the f out and stay out. This is our town and we like it the way it is....classy. Who wants the freaking beer to change all the time.

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Posted by aswego on 05/18/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Tucson's 100 Essential Dishes

Could you please map all these?

It'd be a great help to get a global overview and click to see what's closest/most convenient to our homes or as meeting places?

Thank you!

Posted by HeatherHale on 05/18/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Ok, who wants to go to El Torero? :-)

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Posted by donkiyoti on 05/17/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Beer and Bad Service

Gotta mention this... Went here with my brother to watch the Final Four, and arrived about 30 mins before tip-off. Granted, it was 230p Tucson time, but the place was quite dead. I figured there would be some crowd given the ample TVs and beer election. Not only was it sparse, we had to request the channel be changed as 3pm rolled around. They didn't get to it until about 310pm. Ha!

The funniest part... a few TVs still had "Who's the Boss?" playing.

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Posted by Slamma on 05/16/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Just as I thought. The food was excellent and quite a tribute to the Mexican food eateries in Tucson. This is an American Mexican restaurant and I for one love the duplication as it is the highest form of flattery.

What happened to the "tolerance" all you rascals whine about? Give some.

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Posted by Rat T on 05/16/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Mexico, Muddled

I am not really following the reason why Ms. Connelly gave this place a mediocre review. She acknowledges the set up of the restaurant is similar to Subway and Chipotle, which logically means she understands how to order her food. However, then she states " I was frustrated as I picked my toppings because there was little explanation of the process or the choices. Plus the sneeze shield made it hard to hear the people doling out the food, which frustrated me even more." She should already understand the process if she understands the process at Subway or Chipotle. Plus, A quick look at the menu would explain the main choices. She could have also asked a couple of questions if she needed more information about a particular topping.

She partially makes her negative review based on how the owner picked to have a "fast casual" atmosphere than a more sit down restaurant. Mexico in Season is open from 11am to around 6pm. So, it is geared towards the lunch and coming home from work crowds. It makes perfect sense to have it set up like a Subway or Chipotle to cater to these crowds. Plus, if I recall, one of the owners has a relative that has allergies and this type of set up is to allow people to pick their own ingredients to help people with diets and allergies.

She states there is a limited amount of choices when I feel the complete opposite. Judging the choices solely on the meat options is typical for the American consumer and as a food critic she needs to realize that . You have a choice of four different bases (Burro, Torta, Larga, and Bowel). You have 12 choices for the 2 main fillings (Cilantro Rice, Black/Pinto Beans, Cactus Stir Fry, Sweet Potatoes Dish, Red Chile Potatoes, Seitan Fajitas, Onion Stir Fry, Calabazitas, Chile Beef, Chile Pork, Chicken Fajitas and Chipotle Chicken) and probably over 20 toppings (lettuce, cabbage, water cresses, zucchini slaw, Onion/Cilantro, fresh cactus, tomato, roasted green chile, pickle cactus, cucumber, guacamole, cream, vegan cream and a lot more). I find that to be more options than a typical Mexican restaurant. In my opinion most Mexican Restaurants in Tucson rely way to much on cheese and meat to create a dish. Which as a vegan, that makes my choices extreme limited. Even when I did eat meat, I felt the same way about the reliance on cheese and meat.

Maybe it is a generational thing. It seems younger generations feel like they have "more" choices in a fast casual setting than a traditional sit down restaurant. You get to pick exactly what you want. Older generations might be too used to having the restaurant pick the exact ingredients and give you a list of your options.

My wife used to work at Subway and she told me a story about a customer that asked for "every sauce" on his sandwich . She briefly explained they had X number of sauces, and he still wanted it. He took one bite and wanted a refund. It seems like the same thing happened with Ms. Connelly. She basically blames the restaurant for her own choices and how some flavors were drowned out by other flavors. She needs to take responsibility for not reading the menu, not picking less options and not asking for a sample taste to see if she liked it.

Personally, I like putting a lot of toppings on my larga when I visit Mexico in Season. However, it seems like Ms. Connelly rather keep her dish to about 3 to 4 toppings. Since it is a cafeteria style restaurant it is really easy for her do to that. Maybe that is what she found "confusing" about Mexico in Season, that she could use her own free will and only ask for a couple toppings.

She did not even mention their delicious Horchata and juice they make from scratch. This restaurant I would count as one of the best finds in Tucson. I hope anyone that reads Ms Connelly's mediocre review look at the the many 5 star Yelp reviews that give a true representation of this great restaurant.

Ms. Connelly is entitled to her opinion. However, I hope people try Mexico in Season and judge it for themselves. If they get "confused" I hope they ask a few questions to the employees. It is really hard to find a healthy Mexican Restaurant I want to take visitors to. It is great seeing another healthy leaning restaurant open in Tucson for people that care about how their food is made and where it came from.

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Posted by Mike on 05/16/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Terry: We don't generally review chain restaurants, but several people had requested we review La Hacienda (we get weird emails), so we did. While most chains aren't worth reviewing (do you need details on what Smashburger is like, for example?) and we'll likely review 50 local places this year in this space, sometimes people want to know what to expect from an establishment asking for their money and it's not like there's a ton of professional produced reliable info out there on La Hacienda. In that sense, it's not akin at all to reviewing an Applebee's, in my opinion.

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Posted by Dan Gibson on 05/16/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

If TW "doesn't review chain restaurants," why did you write this one? It's akin to writing a review of Applebee's or Chili's. People that go to chain restaurants know they will get standardized fare that, though bland, is consistent. You don't go to Red Lobster and think you're getting the same quality you'll find at the Lobster Claw in Orleans, Mass.

I know, I know, you were already in and it was too much hassle to start over, right?

Generally, I agree that it's silly to go to a Mexican chain restaurant in a town that offers such spectacular, local fare. La Hacienda certainly isn't my favorite Tucson restaurant, but it's perfect for a workday lunch or for an affordable, family dinner --- or for the throngs of snowbirds or those relocating who are tentative about the heat of their cuisine.

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Posted by Terry Grant on 05/16/2014 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

El Torero is where its at. 2 x 2! Best tacos in the city

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Posted by zebrloom on 05/16/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

tried it and was hopeful. Really mediocre food, slow service, and way too expensive. lots of better options for mexican food lovers in tucson. this place was a huge disappointment

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Posted by Food lover on 05/16/2014 at 5:46 AM

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