Sam Smith they have a killer fish fry at the Boondocks Bar on First Ave just north of Ft. Lowell. Maybe just on Fridays but I think they're around $7.00
I am wondering how often the deep fried oil is changed or refresh? Anxious to taste a good fish and chips dinner, but they are hard to find in Tucson.
Well, here's something to consider: over on Yelp, two Gio Taco staff members "accidentally" posted on the Talk thread about all of Gio's specials for the Final Four and oh, isn't the food yummy and bring your friends -- then feigned ignorance when users pointed out at Yelp has their own section for "event" items and that Talk shouldn't be used.
I have a friend of mine who also noticed that one of those staff members reviewed Gio Taco and gave it 5 stars. Well, duh. Like you're going to give your employer a less-than-glowing review. Even funnier -- the guy claimed that it wasn't a breach of ethics because he was "off the clock" and could separate work from personal. Uh...right.
So...all that aside, I'm with the thumbs-down crowd. The last time I was there, the food was cold, my drink was watered down and the server was more focused on trying to get into the pants of this woman at another table. They should call this Metzger's Folly.
Amazing food. Have eaten there three times. Lunch and breakfast. Lucy burger is great. Great fresh ingredients and fruit. Good job to nate the owner. Anthony in the kitchen and the great baker from Johnson and Wales.
Just about anything at 'Aqui con El Nene', the semi-permanent 'food mobile' (not a truck) at the corner of Flowing Wells and Wetmore, needs to be on this list.
Barbara, what restaurants did you like in Chicago?
I agree wholeheartedly with Thomas. When I first came here from Chicago, The whole family was disgusted with the restaurants here and we still are. Even chain restaurants that are halfway decent in other places are garbage here.
Yeah Burnie Mak, they're hiding around every corner.
I love human nature.. "If you disagree with me, it must be a conspiracy"
Kevin: When I went through the categories this year to decide which ones to keep and which ones to drop, the standard I went by was this...how many votes were cast and was there competitiveness in that category. I honestly have no idea who is going to advertise in most issues, especially Best of Tucson and frankly, I don't really care (other than my general hope that we have advertisers, I suppose). My integrity is worth more than whatever dollars end up in the bottom line.
We've written some tough stuff about advertisers and we've written really great stuff about places that haven't given us a dollar, but if we don't operate the editorial side above-board, I think we'd probably have more trouble selling ads. We have to work hard to distinguish ourselves from publications like AZ Weekly, the Explorer and Desert Leaf (all of which promise positive editorial coverage with the purchase of ads), and I wouldn't have it any other way.
As far as Yelp goes, I never read the reviews over there, so I wouldn't really have much of a sense of what they're saying about Gio or elsewhere, but I've had consistently great food each time I've been. It's not cheap, but I think the ingredients and recipes make it worthwhile for a lunch here and there. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.
Fair enough Dan, but the BOT has many flaws as the categories are limited and the results are limited as well... like how many toys stores do we really have in Tucson to vote for?, or bookstores?, etc…. Then how many of those stores advertise in your publication currently and in the past?and when I flip thru that issue I'm amazed at the winners and the similarites in ads through the year… I however stand my ground on the review and find it amusing that the reviewer gave props to Gio on many points that have been criticized of the place thus far on social media sites?
Kevin: Gio Taco has never advertised with us, so that kind of blows that theory out of the water, no?
Kevin, get over your idea that advertisers get preference during BOT. You don't know the mechanics behind it.
The same for the 100 Essential Dishes. I have never in all the years that I've written the BOT been asked to favor any advertiser.
The comments are actually spot on.
These two reviews are like they read my mind, spot on, i'm wondering where The Weekly ate, certainly not Gio. Tiny cold tacos, bad service, pre mixed watered down drinks, we wanted so badly to like it but my party of six won't be back.
This review had me rolling in the isles….I mean I know advertisers get a shout out in the Best of Tucson Issue every year. In fact, you just gave a shout out to all your culinary advertisers in the Issue two weeks ago. Now we have this glorifying review that point on point tries to make amends for all the criticism you find of this Nue Taco Joint over at Social Media sites like Yelp. Props to the Homemade tortillas, but in no way is two Tacos and some chips filling enough for a meal. Maybe if I was a waif-child hipster, living on $75 a week allowance for mum and da? My tacos looked nothing like the photos in this article, in fact it was laughable how small they looked on those cold metal pizza pans. Speaking of which, by the time you get your tacos, that are ice cold just liked the over-iced, premixed drinks. I've topped a better buzz off a diet coke then their $9 premixed punch. I did like one of the tacos but would have needed it served to me sooner, on a warm plate and three or four to fill a dinner appetite. That would have totaled my tab well over $25 and I can think of many other 'less-hip' joints where I could have order for two of us for the same tab total?
I won't even go into the cluster-f*ck our waitress got our tab into when ordered our meal and fib after fib she told when she came to the table and realized she messed up two meals and forget a third? The Manager was right behind her when serving the food and none of them tried to make amends for the waitress's mistake. One action that would easily had been forgotten if they made up for it, instead we got tiny cold tacos!
Don't fool yourself Urbanites and Hipsters, there are so many other Taco eateries that have way more tasty and filling tacos in a far less hip, Target-like College Dorm Interior look?
I give Gio Taco a "meh". I love the Metzger family's restaurant history in Tucson and Jax Kitchen was my favorite restaurant for years (major bummer that it is closed). That said, Gio Taco was interesting to visit once but there is nothing compelling me to come back. The home made tortillas get an E for effort but little else. I'd much prefer a quality tortilla from Anita Street Market to wrap around the tasty fillings. The tortilla is a critical part of a taco and should be perfect.
Call me curmudgeonly but I'll take my street tacos a little less avant-garde, please. Battering and frying the entire fish taco is a case in point. Tacos have a long history but this mutation is an evolutionary dead end.
sad and happy - you are looking at last year's list
I used to like a lot of the items at El Mezon del Cobre, and my kids loved the roaming musicians, but sadly they closed last year. Way to tempt us with something we can never have.
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