Great little bakery in there too, I grew up in that neighborhood, sure wish that place had been there back then. Fry's has done a good job across the street with their Mexican style cold deli and ice cream.
One can hardly have too many carnicerias!
That place is GREAT, in fact it is the one I frequent the most, by far. It is west of Swan, and I live FAR east of Swan, so I am looking forward to this new place. I hope it is as good.
I live just east of Swan and there's an excellent carniceria right nearby with great carne asada: El Herradero Carniceria y Panaderia. 22nd/Columbus.
Nobody wants to be 100% forthcoming about their mistakes, but I didn't find them to be untruthful about anything.
You didn't mention the best side dish, the fried pickles. They are the best I have ever had. Dill pickle spears, coated with a mildly spicey batter and fried to perfection. The pickles are crunchy and juicy even after being fried.
UmiStar has not been at all forthcoming about what has been going on since August. We were fairly frequent patrons previously but are not anxious to give them our custom now.
Honestly, I think there is a lot of the blame game going on at this restaurant. Their answer to problems is firing people when it's the operating chef partner that is the problem. He does not have much talent in the kitchen and seems to just be floating along trying to make it look like he isn't the problem to the partner who posted above. This is a fantastic venue that could be truly lucrative and make a lot of east side people happy if you clean house at the top. The same goes for their restaurant in Mt. Lemmon. Why do you want to fail? I can imagine the new restaurant that they will be opening downtown will never get more than a 3 star average yelp rating. Time to open your eyes. Seriously, Saguaro Corners could be a fantastic destination! End the a$& kissing and blame game, treat and pay your people fairly and they might want to do good work.
To me, beer is food. Have it for at least one meal a day minimum.
Hey Picky Palate-imagine that some people enjoy spirits with their food and you might be able to buy a clue.
Kudos to both Hamilton Distillery for bringing artisan spirits to Tucson and for the Tucson Weekly for featuring yet another community-based group doing their part to keep our city vibrant and unique!
Interesting commentary. We do need a place on the east side! I'm looking forward to see if the've managed to fix things! And really hope they did! Tired of having to drive cross town!
PickyPalate: We're going to keep running restaurant reviews and eventually there will be two pages of food/drink articles (one review/one feature). I think beer/wine/cocktail culture best falls under Chow, however, so you'll probably see articles about that sort of thing in this space more often, just not always at the expense of the review.
I look forward to restaurant reviews in the Weekly, so it is disappointing to see a feature on a distillery instead. There's nothing wrong with the feature, but it is not about chow and belongs elsewhere. I hope this is an aberration and not a new trend.
Sorry, but based on my one experience there (admittedly a few years ago), I have no love for Wildflower. Yes, it was noisy, but what's worse, the staff were miserably rude and stuck-up and my fellow diners complained that their food was cold. Later on in the evening, I politely asked the headwaitress for a dessert menu. She looked distinctly horrified, as if I had asked her to clean my toilet with her toothbrush--how dare I! We never went back. Oh, and did I mention that whenever I went shopping at Casas Adobes I always got attitude from the staff preparing the patio? Apparently if you weren't going to eat there, you weren't allowed to look in the windows of the neighboring stores.
Burnie Mak, you crack me up!
Honestly Picky, who wants to speak to their spouse?
It can be noise, all right! It was so ear-splittingly loud when my husband and I went there for dinner that we couldn't carry on a conversation. If that marks a "successful" restaurant, something is very wrong with that metric. We've never been back.
You failed to mention the free entertainment that is provided by the gun and knife fights at the neighboring Cowpony.
Batali, on Yelp: "Personally, any place that doesn't have you put your name on it, I don't read. I have no time to figure out what you mean and what your agenda is. Yelp is very insignificant for us."
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