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Comment Archives: stories: Chow

Re: “Rustic, But Proper

Not a word about their sourcing, their commitment to local and sustainable, their deep connection with the local food movement. Go, Heather!

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Posted by CatSmooch on 01/23/2015 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Rustic, But Proper

Noisy venue. Unable to have a pleasant, across-the-table conversation at this place.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 01/22/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Rustic, But Proper

Sounds good

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Posted by chasbass.blogs on 01/22/2015 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Brew Infusion

Good Oak's cold-infusions/presses and their mulled wine are really incredible. Their bartenders really take the time to accentuate the characteristics of the beer or wine in such a way as to honor the brewers' intentions toward their product. This is going to be huge.

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Posted by Kevin Jackson on 01/20/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Brew Infusion

Interesting. It never occurred to me that you could create something similar to mulled wine using beer instead.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 01/18/2015 at 2:50 AM

Re: “A Delicate Balance

I too was ignored when I went to Neo, about a month ago. I guess Bob and Bird were the lucky ones who actually got to eat there. I'm guessing by the number of likes on TucsonDiner and AsianHomeCook's posts that this problem is more common than not. Sad, really. I love Malaysian food.

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Posted by TLoc on 01/16/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Brew Infusion

Sounds intriguing. I'll have to give them a try!

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Posted by Chuck Tenderloin on 01/16/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “A Delicate Balance

Excellent Asian fare. Wonderful curries and noodle dishes. I have tried Malaysian food in several major cities and it simply doesn't compare. The occasional service glitch is offset by the fantastic creative tasty food. Quite possibly the best Asian cusine in the state. Shouldn't be a well kept secret.
Rather a Tucson treasure...

Posted by Bob Buy on 01/16/2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Quick Bites

Heather Hoch must have visited a different Street Taco and Beer from the one I went to on opening day. Could be because the one I went to is actually ON Congress and is not north of Church. It's difficult to be north of Church, since it runs north and south, but why let facts get in the way of a good fairy tale.

And a fairy tale she tells. I had what are normally my favorite, the carne asada tacos, and they were seriously wanting. Not horrible, but not good either. The dollop of meat, rather than being hot off a grill, was apparently prepared way ahead of time and dished up out of a pan on a not so warm warming table. Hence my tacos were a falling apart, soupy mess of lukewarm meat.

My fiance, had one carnitas taco and one fish taco. The piece of fish was tiny and featured more breading than fish. The carnitas, like everything else, was cold and incrusted in congealed grease. She couldn't eat it.

The chips are self-serve and in a word, horrible. The worst corn chips you got out of a bag at the supermarket are better than these. It's as if they were cooked a week ago, perhaps someplace else, and put under a light bulb since then. Rather than being the color of say---a corn chip---they were a medium brown. The taste and texture was consistent with the foregoing.

There is a plethora of salsas available. We availed ourselves of two, a pico de gallo and a smooth green labeled, "hot". It was only moderately so. The pico de gallo was lacking any heat whatsoever. What is was not lacking was salt. It and the green salsa were way too salty; perhaps an attempt to engender an increased thirst for beer.

We suspect that beer sales are the rational for this place. If so, they're going to have to lower their prices. I guess they have a good selection, although I stopped looking when I saw my favorite, Dragoon IPA. But as much as I love it, $5.50 is too much to have me partaking of it at Street Taco, even if they solve their shaky service (I gave them a pass on this, attributing it to opening day jitters) and improve the food.

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Posted by Wes S. on 01/15/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “A Delicate Balance

Best Asian good in the state.

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Posted by Bob Buy on 01/15/2015 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Brew Infusion

How about some ground up mesquite beans or dried up javelina ca ca? Why would you adulterate a good cold beer ( and pay 10 stinkin' bucks to do so?) unreal, what's next?

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 01/15/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Worth the Wait

We love Vivace. we are new Tusconans but it has become our go- to favorite. We had no trouble getting a 7:30 pm Sat. Reservation on Open Table. I don't know what this 2 week business is all about! Someday I will order something other than the outstanding Chicken- Asparagus Risotto to which I am addicted-- and I don't usually even like asparagus!!!

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Posted by Dr Tee on 01/12/2015 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Cheesy Does It

My daughter and I had the Cuban and Old Pueblo combo yesterday. The bread on the OP was toasted to a crisp but the inside of the sandwich was wonderful. The pork on the Cuban was a bit questionable in taste for both of us so we took apart the sandwich after the first few bites and enjoyed the rest. I think that with a bit more experience in the brick and mortar area the food will be outstanding. The sweet potato fries were wonderful. I can hardly wait to return and try the Napoleon. Good luck to this lovely place.

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Posted by Jan Rose on 01/11/2015 at 6:56 AM

Re: “A Delicate Balance

By far one of my favorite places in town. They are unique to Arizona. I've had slow service there, but never bad service. You should definitely try the sushi, it's creative and well executed.

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Posted by Bird on 01/09/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Noshing Around

Link is broken on the baking class.

Posted by Kilian on 01/08/2015 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Cheesy Does It

Miss Hoch, how many years have you worked "hands on" in the restaurant biz to know of what you speak?

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 01/08/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Cheesy Does It


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Posted by Kilian on 01/08/2015 at 5:22 AM

Re: “Noshing Around

Sounds like great fun, can't wait. They need a spicy Korean bacon too.

And chocolate on the omelete.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/07/2015 at 10:11 AM

Re: “A Delicate Balance

Huh, sounds like you had the same experience that I had. I had been to Seri Melaka a few times, but went to Neo about 6 months ago and walked out because none of the wait staff seemed to care that I was there.

Rita, that could be the reason why Neo was close to empty both times - I mean, you're a pretty well known food critic in town, it's not like they would ignore you when you would walk in.

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Posted by AsianHomeCook on 01/05/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Underground Craft

Glad to know this guy is still in town.I know where not to go now,unless I want a windbag of hot self righteous air blown in my face.Everyone is your audience Nik,because you really don't know how to listen.I have tried to get you to make my cocktail correctly and you never have gotten it right.Oh and Tucson "doesn't like nice things"? what the hell is that about!!! Your a white trash bartender snob with an audience of few....who the hell wants to drink in an under construction bar.Obnoxious,there is a new name for a drink for ya,name it after yourself!....prediction; closed or shut down or liquor license pulled before 12/31/15...

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Posted by reader on 01/03/2015 at 2:31 PM

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