I happen to like the food at 5 Points. It's not a Michelin 3 star restaurant nor does it pretend to be. Could the food realistically be better. Yes. Is it good now. Yes. I like the staff, the service, and the ambiance. I also like the shop where I can get foods and sauces you won't find at Fry's or Safeway. Bottom line, when I'm in that neck of the woods, 5 Points is where I head for lunch. It's a no-brainer for me.
I don't understand the first post by Retardo.
One common thread...fat asses always want their fat ass filled for $4.
Please suggest a few. You'd be surprised they may have already been done.
There are a lot of restaurants in this metro area which you probably have never covered. Why not go to any of those and review them? Step out of your comfort zone!
Why do people think the reviewer is doing hatchet job whenever they criticize a restaurant? We're professionals and don't do that sort of thing. It's an observation and a restaurant should pay attention.
Well put Jack! 5 stars for 5 points! I LOVE THAT PLACE!!!!
Methinks the reviewer is maybe unaware of the reviewers duty to do "comparison in context". She does not like that her sandwich and soup were served at the same time while eating (not dining) in a Brunch/Lunch restaurant! Really? Did she think she was in a multi-course fine dining environment? Its soup AND a sandwich. The negative comments re: seasoning, the wait staff's attentiveness or manners, and the care put into the preparation of the food make me wonder if she was doing a hatchet job or was doing lazy food journalism and needed a punch line to validate her (self righteous) sense of importance and relevance. I've been a customer of 5 Points since day one and have nothing but praise for this new endeavor. I'd go as far as to say that the Salmon Eggs Benedict is one of the finest plates available in Downtown Tucson, regardless of venue - fine dining or otherwise - at this time. 5 Points has it all, People that care, ambiance that is comfortable without being sticky or overly-hip, wonderful food imaginatively prepared, an ethical attitude both for the sustainability and quality of the ingredients and sensitivity to the culture and demographics of the Armory Park/Barrio Viejo customer base. The idea that locals can walk in, be greeted courteously, be served damn good food and then buy some groceries and put off the drive to Safeway for another day, is a major quality of The 5 Points Market which the reviewer missed completely. (Jack gives you Five Stars.... Way to go!)
I can picture Jeff reading and rereading his post about five times with immense pride.
Dan, me thinks Jeff Gould considers himself intelligent and witty.
Jeff Gould: Zing, I guess?
Upon my first reading of the Tucson Weekly, I found the paper to be itchy and drab, the articles boring and listless. Unhampered, I turned the page, which had a distinct acidity to it- reminding me of the smell of hot garbage in the summertime. Still, I had committed to an entire literary feast, so again I pressed on. The main story-again- underwhelming. It was as if the editor threw a bunch of re-hashed and soft thinking liberal gibberish in a pan and seared the words into a meaningless jumble, expecting someone to bite. Both the timing and the execution of the 'dish' lacked complexity, and failed to inspire. By the time I had reached the ending of this foul spread, I immediately craved aspirin & possibly a long nap, to which I accredit to a bellyful of yellow journalism. Next time around, I think I'll pass.
I disagree with your assessment. I think it's perfect in every way. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson. I particularly enjoy the Ham and Cam and the Tempeh sandwich (I'm not sure what it's actually called).
The service is excellent. The waitstaff is attentive, but they are never overbearing. I've eaten there probably 20 times (literally), and they have never gotten my order wrong (and I often do substitutions). With respect to the seasonings issue, I ask for additional hot sauce with my meals regularly, and it is always brought out promptly.
I work downtown, and I often bring clients to 5 points. It really has added so much to the neighborhood.
In short, I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys... well... food.
I love the creativity of 5 Pts Market. I see it in their presentation of the Market. I see the bright colors in their food. I see it in the owners and the people who work there. And, I see the brightness especially in the customers as I glance over the dining area. "Dare to create" seems to be their motto. I like that. I'm comfortable exploring their menu items. Especially that first glance as something gently placed in front of me. The details. The colors. The little splashes of sauces made by an artist somewhere behind the counter. 5 Pts. 5 Stars.
Yeah what the heck? This is old news!
No Noshing Around column this week?
Yes Bob - The renovation that you asked about is in the old Vivace location. It will be a Mexican place called Reforma. It's not a million dollar renovation, however.
If the place were "Stellar" we couldn't get a seat, why don't you just not go back and look for somewhere else to dribble about.
Alright, alright, alright. Let's try to collectively dial it down. You don't have to agree with Rita's assessment of Mexico in Season (I'm not entirely sure I do...I love eating there), however, I think as someone who knows as much about Tucson food as anyone, she deserves respect professionally. As a fellow human being, she deserves to be treated decently in general.
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