tried it and was hopeful. Really mediocre food, slow service, and way too expensive. lots of better options for mexican food lovers in tucson. this place was a huge disappointment
I have eaten them there donkiyoti, the pork is not as good and sometimes the place smells a little too much like chlorine to me, but not bad. also like them a lot at Calle Tepa but they only have them on weekends. just meant they don't appear on most menus and cochinita pibil even harder to find, my favorite Yucatan taco!
Robin West, if you like al pastor tacos, they ARE on the menu elsewhere. You should go to Taqueria Juanitos on W. Grant.
Paco and Mom's is a New Mexican Restaurant! Not Mexican, there is a difference!
If your all going to avoid chains, then stop eating at Pita Jungle, Diablo Burger, El Charo, Sir Vesa's, Molina's, Guadalajara Grill…shall I keep going?
La Hacienda is owned by a gentleman who also owns two Mexican Restaurants in Washington where he lives part of the year and another here in Tucson where he also owns a home. He's passionate about his food and he loves both places, so sue him for sharing it in the towns he resides? He also has introduced some Yucatan dishes to his Menu, which we rarely get in the Street Taco dominated 'hipster' Downtown scene or bland Sonoran Slop scattered across our Beloved Old Pueblo. La Hacienda is neither.
La Hacienda is not just for White Hairs, it's just when you eat at a Eatery in-between Midtown and the Foothills... Guess what, It's going to be filled with Snow Birds during the Winter Months? Demographics Rita, wake the bleep up!
Finally the Agave Art... Poor Rita, lets not get PC on even Critical on Historical representation of Mexico's Proud Agave Culture in both the fermented and distilled beverages. Be it actual Mexicans that farm, harvest the crop? Oh no I can't see that while I'm eating or drinking and be a white person in the process now, can I?
Although the restaurant originated in Washington state, if you go to their website: "La Hacienda Family Restaurants was founded by Marco Antonio Gomez Botello originally from Guadalajara, with the idea of combining great Mexican food, in a family setting and a Cantina Bar to suit our clientele."
Not Sonoran. Not-not Mexican.
I don't eat at chains either and likely won't eat at La Hacienda... but suggesting that us white folk don't like Mexican food is insulting and unnecessary. Do we really need more politics in food?
This is Tucson. We don't need no steenkin' Mexican food chains. We have El Charro, Mi Nidito,Café Poca Cosa,El Guero Canelo,El Minuto Café,Guillermo's Double L Restaurant,Lerua's Fine Mexican Foods,Micha's, etc. etc. And those are not even all the ones I've been to.
I couldn't disagree more with this review. Did the reviewer actually grasp the fact that this restaurant doesn't serve Sonoran Mexican food? There are different Mexican cuisines, you know. Everyone I know (including native Tucsonans who are Hispanic) love this restaurant.
Each time I've been here, the staff is extremely efficient and friendly, the prices great and the food is wonderful.
Thanks for the review and letting me know it's a chain. I avoid chains like the plague. I'm an old white lady who loves very hot food. In fact, Poco and Mom's is the only Mexican restaurant in town that serves food spicy enough for me. I do have friends though who suffer from terminal Gringo mouth.
thanks for another rich and informative restaurant review, rita! maybe next you can tackle either the boar's head deli or cibo express market at the tucson airport.
Is it a stereotype, sure. However, it is also well documented in the Restaurant business that when the majority of a restaurants patrons resemble Betty White and Bob Barker, the food usually is less than stellar, as well as the tips from the diners. Please see such pop culture references as WAITING and SLAMMIN SALMON.
Apparently it's not PC to have figures "that depict men in sombreros using a hoe and a shovel to dig up agave cactus." But it's perfectly fine to insult a restaurant by noting that it attracts "older, mostly white, diners."
Brilliant article! You nailed it. Old white folks want to be able to go out to eat but don't want flavor. Salt raises blood pressure and pepper is too spicy. Anything beyond that is over-the-top...
best cochinita pibil and al pastor tacos in town. and the sangria is good too. i'd like to see these on menus elsewhere, at least they try to have a few more choices.
Agave is different from cactus. You should know that.
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yeah, i want to know what a spielferderber is!
spielverderber? Oh no.. is this a nazi party?
Burnie muk stop being a spielferderber!
Uh-oh the old white chain gang is upset! Rita, I would stay out of Furr's and Chili's for a while, until this dies down.. At least during the early bird special hours.
Food Guy: I thought they would be by the time this came to print, but I called on Monday, incognito, and they were still stating they were open and accepting reservations.
Sam: I went back and reviewed my hand written notes, and sure enough it said Monsoons (in very poor penmanship) and I somehow transformed that to Mama L's when typing. I guess I am still getting used to the newbs in the T.O. camp! - Thanks for the correction.
scheppta: I am sure all the cities' restaurant turnover rates are similar, we just do an extraordinary job of covering it. Also, if you are unimpressed, either you are going to the wrong places, not paying attention or just Marco Pierre White.
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