RE: El Greco
Bill, it moved to Ft. Lowell just west of Swan and occupied a former Circle K (next to Chad's) and was open there for many years. I ate there a lot (Park) in college and followed them when they moved to better digs. The Mom & Dad retired and the kids were running the show. They decided they would rather lead normal lives then be married to the restaurant and after a couple years made the decision to close to pursue other careers.
When celebrating a special occasion there was no question that Scordato's was the destination. And DaVinci's was the perfect choice for that first date dinner. I miss them both. Thanks for the memories.
Tasting Patrick's pastries is a passionate pleasure. Good Luck!!
best pastries in tucson!
Good luck on your new venture!
I would also add the Hidden Valley Inn (circa 1985) to this list of longtime Tucson favorites that are gone. I always enjoyed the old cowboy who played the guitar near the fireplace with the picture of Clint Eastwood (as the Outlaw Josy Wales or ??) hanging over the fireplace. We would always have what they called a "Cheese Crisp" as an appetizer (a quesadilla) and always looked at the extensive dioramas they had on display ( a circus, indian camps, other?)
I lived in Tucson from 1984 until 1989 and went to the Palomino Restaurant many times and usually had the bouillabaisse. I never think about bouillabaisse without thinking of the Palomino. It is a great memory!
The author might want to learn how to spell "Colombia"...
Shortly after spending three weeks in Argentina where I had empanadas from about a dozen different restaurants, I went to Mamma Llama's and got their Argentine empanadas. I got two large frozen empanadas, fairly expensive...about $10.95 for the two. I followed the instructions and baked them to a perfect golden brown. When I took my first bite, I was surprised to find that the crust was very thick, maybe a half inch. There was a brown filling that apparently had some beef in it, but seemed to be mostly raisins, tomatoes, spices, and other non-meat items.
By contrast, the ones I had in Buenos Aires all had much thinner crust and were much different looking, shaped kind of like crescents. They usually had chicken, beef, or pork filling with seasoning, but few vegetables. People eat them as a main course, and three small ones there would fill me up.
But how were the ones from Mamma Llama's? Well, they tasted OK, but though I got their large size, I was still hungry after having two of these for supper. Were they authentic? I don't know...maybe for Peru or Venezuela...but they tasted nothing like the ones I had in Buenos Aires, and after reading all the rave reviews about Mamma Llama's empanadas, I was quite disappointed. If you have much of an appetite, I would not recommend these as a main course, but they might make a nice, if expensive, snack.
Wow - looking through the food archives and saw this article! Great trip down memory lane! MANY fun evenings at the Solarium - eating, drinking or both! I was one of the serving "wenches" at Doug and Rita Marvin's Iron Mask for a year or so in 1975. My then husband and I would go to eat there for a special night out. Best Cabrilla I've ever had! Kept trying to get the trifle recipe from Mr. M but it was always no. I used to get an order to go quite often. Never real fond of Big A burgers but it was a fun place. I mentioned Frampton-Stone to a couple of folks recently and they didn't recall it. I'm not much for buffets but really loved that place. Sadly I missed going to Rosita's - although I've heard a lot about it. The Tack Room was a wonderful place for that very special occasion (went there after we got married). The Arroyo - YUM, YUM - the short ribs and stuffed pork chops were to die for and Marge's pies were heaven (Oregano's is there now). Lots of great dining!!
Hello Rita, Thank you about your comments about Frampton-Stone Cafeteria. My Great Aunt , Margaret Stone was the owner. She moved to Tucson in 1947 from Western Pa. at age 50 and started the cafeteria. She worked in the business until she was 90+.. Aunt Margaret was always focused on quality and loved to work. Because of her, I went into the hotel/restaurant business as my career. lee burns Napa, Cal.
Way to go, EeGee's! Tucson loves you guys!
It is very frustrating not to be able to find a list of ingredients for these drinks, not even on egees web site. This is not helpful to people with allergies and is not consistent with modern restaurant practices.
I like the Chimi 's in Tucson ,they have some here in Guaymas but they are smaller and usually hard fried
In Rockey Point there isa resturant called La curva, They serve the Taco chips on a plate with a sort of brown gravy , I have tried to make this gravy but have not had any success Does anyone have a Recipe Lagoon87566@mypacks.net (Bob Urbahns)
Love it! My wife and I have eaten there on many occasions and, yes, we're among those people who make special requests. She likes to have the sauces on the side so she can add just the right amount to her fish; I like my lobster shelled. Prior to going to Kingfisher, my wife said she didn't like seafood. Now we eat at Kingfisher and Bluefin more often than other restaurants (and we eat out a lot!). We've known many of the wait staff for years and they know our routine. Tim does great work up front and Jeff and Murph do frequent checks with the diners to make sure the food is tasty and prepared as they like.
El Nene is muy excellente. It is right up there with El Gero Canelo and BK's and just might be even better! TTDave
OK, missed that you'd mentioned the Tack Room. It would get my vote. Sorry to hear that the Big A is gone! There was a great little Greek place on East 6th at N. Park named El Greco, but it's been gone 20 years and probably wasn't known well enough to qualify. If Casa Molina on Speedway ever closes there'll be nothing to come back for.
What about the Tack Room?
Really nice article, thanks so much. I remember the Saddle and Sirloin, Ash Alley, and the Old Pueblo Club, the Central, the Green Shack, the Most. My parents moved here in '42 but we didn't dine out frequently and my parents did not socialize so we did not have the opportunity to try a whole lot of restaurants. I liked Ye Olde Lantern for lobster on my birthdays.
It's nice that you promote the Blu-Ray format so heartily, but even if the discs are now cheaper and the players are costing less, for some of us the cost of upgrading is way out of reach still, even without upgrading the audio and keeping the HDTV capable TV on the smaller side. In the current economic climatefood and shelter take precedence over bread and circuses from Hollywood, no matter how much extra gets put on a Blu-Ray release as opposed to a DVD (a particularly onerous point with the Star Trek release.)
Then there's the other issue -- DRM. Which on Blu-Ray is frankly onerous, and can deprive you of your player at the whim of any studio. Also, the cheaper players are often feature-limited...and what isn't available is often not clear.
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