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Comment Archives: stories: Chow

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: “Noshing Around

No problem CJ... glad you gave us a shout out for our little pop-up event... we appreciate your support of local restaurants...

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Posted by Samuel Alboy on 05/16/2014 at 6:41 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.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
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

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

I have eaten them there donkiyoti, the pork is not as good and sometimes the place smells a little too much like chlorine to me, but not bad. also like them a lot at Calle Tepa but they only have them on weekends. just meant they don't appear on most menus and cochinita pibil even harder to find, my favorite Yucatan taco!

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Posted by Robin West on 05/15/2014 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Robin West, if you like al pastor tacos, they ARE on the menu elsewhere. You should go to Taqueria Juanitos on W. Grant.

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Posted by donkiyoti on 05/15/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Paco and Mom's is a New Mexican Restaurant! Not Mexican, there is a difference!

If your all going to avoid chains, then stop eating at Pita Jungle, Diablo Burger, El Charo, Sir Vesa's, Molina's, Guadalajara Grill…shall I keep going?

La Hacienda is owned by a gentleman who also owns two Mexican Restaurants in Washington where he lives part of the year and another here in Tucson where he also owns a home. He's passionate about his food and he loves both places, so sue him for sharing it in the towns he resides? He also has introduced some Yucatan dishes to his Menu, which we rarely get in the Street Taco dominated 'hipster' Downtown scene or bland Sonoran Slop scattered across our Beloved Old Pueblo. La Hacienda is neither.

La Hacienda is not just for White Hairs, it's just when you eat at a Eatery in-between Midtown and the Foothills... Guess what, It's going to be filled with Snow Birds during the Winter Months? Demographics Rita, wake the bleep up!

Finally the Agave Art... Poor Rita, lets not get PC on even Critical on Historical representation of Mexico's Proud Agave Culture in both the fermented and distilled beverages. Be it actual Mexicans that farm, harvest the crop? Oh no I can't see that while I'm eating or drinking and be a white person in the process now, can I?

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Posted by Kevin M Pawlak on 05/15/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Although the restaurant originated in Washington state, if you go to their website: "La Hacienda Family Restaurants was founded by Marco Antonio Gomez Botello originally from Guadalajara, with the idea of combining great Mexican food, in a family setting and a Cantina Bar to suit our clientele."

Not Sonoran. Not-not Mexican.

I don't eat at chains either and likely won't eat at La Hacienda... but suggesting that us white folk don't like Mexican food is insulting and unnecessary. Do we really need more politics in food?

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Posted by Renée Luna on 05/15/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

This is Tucson. We don't need no steenkin' Mexican food chains. We have El Charro, Mi Nidito,Café Poca Cosa,El Guero Canelo,El Minuto Café,Guillermo's Double L Restaurant,Lerua's Fine Mexican Foods,Micha's, etc. etc. And those are not even all the ones I've been to.

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Posted by Jon Quist on 05/15/2014 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

I couldn't disagree more with this review. Did the reviewer actually grasp the fact that this restaurant doesn't serve Sonoran Mexican food? There are different Mexican cuisines, you know. Everyone I know (including native Tucsonans who are Hispanic) love this restaurant.

Each time I've been here, the staff is extremely efficient and friendly, the prices great and the food is wonderful.

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Posted by AJ Flick on 05/15/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Thanks for the review and letting me know it's a chain. I avoid chains like the plague. I'm an old white lady who loves very hot food. In fact, Poco and Mom's is the only Mexican restaurant in town that serves food spicy enough for me. I do have friends though who suffer from terminal Gringo mouth.

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Posted by Maeve Robertson on 05/15/2014 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

thanks for another rich and informative restaurant review, rita! maybe next you can tackle either the boar's head deli or cibo express market at the tucson airport.

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Posted by hiiiimarcy on 05/15/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Mexico Via Washington?

Is it a stereotype, sure. However, it is also well documented in the Restaurant business that when the majority of a restaurants patrons resemble Betty White and Bob Barker, the food usually is less than stellar, as well as the tips from the diners. Please see such pop culture references as WAITING and SLAMMIN SALMON.

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Posted by BURNIE MAK on 05/15/2014 at 1:55 PM

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