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Comment Archives: stories: Chow

Re: “Welcome to the Neighborhood

And for people who might want to try it but don't know where Broadway village is, it's the sw corner of Broadway and country club. The bar's street address is 139 s Eastbourne.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Erik Dean on 06/28/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Bistro Bizarre

Does anybody else remember Norma at Yankee Doodle? She was a gem!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by donkiyoti on 06/27/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Bistro Bizarre

This place sounds like a complete disaster. Thanks for the warning. I won't waste my money there.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lauren Denise Gowan DeLillo on 06/27/2014 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Bistro Bizarre

SonoraWinds, how much time do you have?

i reviewed a place that lasted about six months if that long....

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by rconnelly on 06/26/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Bistro Bizarre

Can someone please recount the establishments that have been in this location since Yankee Doodle?
The one just previous was Sabor Tropicale and there was another one in there for a couple of years, run by Ernie, who used to have an eponymous sports bar (with great burgers) where Pastiche is now on Campbell.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 06/26/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Bistro Bizarre

That is one really crappy looking burger! Yikes. I sure do miss the good old Yankee Doodle.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by donkiyoti on 06/26/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Bistro Bizarre

Thanks for the warning. I'll skip this ever-changing place at the far reaches of our 'hood.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 06/25/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “A Bittersweet End

The desserts were really good the first time we went and their service was so so. the second time the service was horrendous so I never went back. this was 2011/2012-ish :( so i'm wondering if that had anything to do with the closure. sad to see a unique place go. i still occasionally talk about that crummy service to the person i went their with though, it was really bad.

Posted by pricklypear on 06/24/2014 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs


2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 06/24/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

Oh boy, here we go...

It's been three years since I've taken a look at a disappointing review/editorial from Tucson Weekly, then lo and behold, here I am seeing it happen all over again. Is this review seriously about Shish Kebab House? 21+ years 1993 established Shish Kebab House? The same Shish Kebab House which periodically has a full house of company eager for some gyros, kebabs and all sorts of insanely good meals? THE SAME Shish Kebab House where pretty much everyone who's been disappointed in Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food here in Tucson seem to always and somehow find their way at its doorstep?

Yeah, it's tucked away in a little corner of Broadway Parc Plaza just across the street from Park Place Mall, and it is one of the best damn places you can go to for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food. It is a multicultural gem where ethnicities across the entire spectrum come to enjoy! The Shish Kebab House is a bonafide melting pot where everyone in Tucson can get together and enjoy a common universal: REALLY. GOOD. FOOD.

All these previous comments pretty much roll in this restaurant's favor anyway, because clearly something is not jibing if and when the majority of the time I hear about this place, there's nothing but positivity. I remember not too long ago when the gem show was here in town and I ran into these Iranians who were visiting during the time hosting a venue, and they told me about how they'd been to all sorts of other places in town, desperate for their own particular middle eastern palette... and then they found the Shish Kebab House. I caught up with these guys again and they had nothing but good things to say. I asked them how it was? They took a moment to collect themselves as they laughed, smiled and looked at one another. One of them looked like he was about to cry, and then one of them passionately spoke out for rest of them, "The best food we have tried in town."

I could tell everyone more stories about these sort of run-ins and accolades about SKH, but I'm pretty sure as more comments pour in they'll most likely be in SKH's favor, doing my job for me.

Also, I can't believe that there's an issue with the rice, or rather, the amount you get, compared to the rest of the meal. In the Middle Eastern culture, much like many other cultures, RICE is an indispensable part of the meal and often comes en masse because it helps stretch out the rest of the meal, it's not an excuse or a ploy to just add quantity to the meal, it's just the way it is because THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. As a Filipino, I know exactly where this is coming from, because it is the same exact thing. And I've been around enough Hindus to know that's also true! "Rice goes with everything!" If there's a culture out there that doesn't use some sort of carb, fiber or starch to help stretch out a meal, by all means tell me and educate everyone else in the process. And do not come back to me talking about how people should watch what they're eating, being on a diet or that carbs are terrible for you--YOU ARE GOING TO A RESTAURANT! You are there to indulge in what that place has to offer, because it is doing their best at what it does!

This review is also unfair and significantly disproportionate because it isn't covering all the bases of the restaurant. Of the two occasions visited, what time did they go to the Shish Kebab House? At no point is the lunch hour specials mentioned, and I know they keep a rather large sign outside in the front during those hours when it happens (from opening till 2pm I believe...); so either the reviewer dismissed it completely, didn't go during lunch hour, or decided to pick out a majority of the "pricier" items from the main menu. I mean if this is gonna get into the whole "cost effective" aspect of it all, why not bring it up?

Talking about the dated interior and dingy aspect of the restaurant; you know who I ran into while I was there not too long ago? A couple who was visiting Tucson and hadn't been in town for over 10 years and showed up just to see if the Shish Kebab House was still around. To their amazement, it was. And it was, from their lips, "exactly the way they remembered it," and they didn't complain about it at all. In fact, it seemed to put them in a state of wonderment. Like stepping back in time and remembering a point in history that made sense or stirred up feelings of endearment. Before the couple even settled in, they wandered around, smiling, pointing out at items and things they hadn't seen in so long, blissful in disbelief that the Shish Kebab House remained at its core. They even asked if the place was under new management, to which I was happy to reply, "No sir and ma'am, this place is still under the same people who found it."

Never have I heard the words, "REALLY?" be said about a particular location with such amazement in my current life.

Some people, actually, MANY, have fallen in love with this place, long before anyone could make judgments and have practically grown up with this restaurant. We're talking about 21+ years of commitment to pleasing Tucson here. Frequent customers who have in turn become friends with the family, coming in asking about the owners' son and daughters. Regulars coming in knowing exactly what they want, and have been ordering the SAME dish for years--and out of some of these people, some of them don't even know what else is on the menu because they've been dedicated to that one or two dishes for that long. If that isn't dedication? I don't know what is...

I'm gonna stop right here though, because I'm pretty sure I don't need to go on... after all that's said and done here, yeah, this is one's person perspective, a rather opinionated and short-lived one that barely even scratches the surface of a restaurant that has pleased so many, for so long, while others in this town have packed up and disappeared. Tucson has plenty of "originals" here, I'm surprised the Shish Kebab House isn't one of them.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Aardcore on 06/24/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

"...cannot claim any other point of view except that of butthurt childishness because they perceive "their" restaurant as being attacked."

You don't seem to understand, "Not a Rancho Snob." Those who have commented are not being childish because we think our restaurant has been "attacked." I am commenting and disagreeing with the writer because she wrote a poor and inaccurate review. Why didn't she mention the belly dancing? What exterior was she expecting for a restaurant in a strip mall? Also, unless she wants to go to Chipotle or McDonalds to get fast service, I don't believe she should be complaining about the wait time. "Good things come to those who wait."

I cannot "claim any other view" because over the numerous times I have been to the Shish Kebab House, I have never had a bad experience. Why would I advocate against something I like?
Burnie: As far as I have seen, no one said "This article makes me sad/mad/depressed." I didn't see any feelings in these comments.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Amanda Øien on 06/24/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

Just to clarify, I meant food and reviews are subjective based on one's tastes, while remaining objective in the experience. Not based on one's feelings, as the comments have been.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by BURNIE MAK on 06/24/2014 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

Burnie, I would agree that it would seem that most food reviews seem to be subjective on Yelp!. Most of the reviews I've read here at least try to remain objective in the delivery. Most of the comments, as you pointed out are clearly subjective in favor of the restaurant reviewed because they have lost all objectivity and cannot claim any other point of view except that of butthurt childishness because they perceive "their" restaurant as being attacked. I read the review from an objective point of view and think the restaurant would be a good place to try. It's not in spite of the review, it's because of the review.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 06/23/2014 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

"This article is purely based on opinion and not facts." Isn't everything to do with food, and in turn, food reviews, subjective?

I do not see the point in this statement

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by BURNIE MAK on 06/23/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Kicking Back Cachaça

Muddle lime with brown sugar instead of simple syrup...

Posted by Slamma on 06/23/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “A Bittersweet End

The family met there today for a lunch out. We were very surprised that its doors were closed. Great concept. Great food. It did not deserve this fate.

Posted by Ed Smith 1 on 06/22/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

I don't have to repeat what others have pointed out by your review. This review seems like it was for another restaurant. Everything you said was completely off. I go to Shish Kebab House almost every week and I love it! It is honestly my favorite place to eat in Tucson. The food is amazing! The staff is great. What's wrong with the staff being young? Sorry that you have to wait for your food to actually be cooked. If you want fast crappy food, I'm sure there is a Taco Hell near by.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Carl W. on 06/22/2014 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

I have never been disappointed eating at the Shish Kebab house. If the author of this review doesn't want to eat there, it just means a table will be open sooner if they do not attend. :)

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Karen L. Treanor-Russell on 06/22/2014 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

I have been going to the Shish Kebab House for a number of years now and have always been more than satisfied with the locale (dingy? just where were you actually?), the service, (I have nothing against being served by young people), and food. Others have already pointed out your errors in discussing your orders.

I just want to say that it does take a bit longer than to get a Big Mac, but that's what happens when they prepare your meal after you ordered it. It's worth the wait.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Fred on 06/22/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Slow Shish Kebabs

Shish Kebab House is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson! The motabal is reason enough to go, seriously it is one of top 5 favorite foods, ever. I also am quite partial to family run restaurants over chains and I love the vib of Shish Kebab, the belly dancing is such a wonderful touch on the weekends but I love going in for a quick lunch during my work week as well.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rayleen Cheryl on 06/21/2014 at 6:57 PM

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