After having read this, I'm going to definitely have to agree with my former boss, Brandon Katz.
Do they still have a presence on Valencia Road? That joint used to rock a lunch time.
Food truck section needs some editing, particularly in the set up addresses.
Well my prediction that Nik Windbag lasting a year were off by only mere weeks. Fired,insubordinate by his 'peers' and partners. Hopefully he will leave town now.AMF A-Hole, Tucson has a great groove going on with,well WE all know. Glad your not part of it.......................
More of this, please.
What about North 4th Avenue between University and the Underpass? Any plans for a similar development?
When I heard the owner of the Hub and the playground was taking over saguaro corners I was thrilled. The first few times we went we noticed the changes happening slowly. Which is ok I guess to like the article said ease regulars into the change. However I agree with above commenters. This place is dumpy. I expected more from someone who has had such awesome interiors as the two other restaurants. Service is definitely hit or miss, which is never ever the case at the other two restaurants, and was super bummed when the promised creme brûlée donut never made its appearance (maybe it has now? We haven't been back in a few months). Honestly with kids, I can't depend on hit or miss service. By an hour in we should be asking for a check not waiting for food. Hoping that this doesn't fall of deaf ears as we eastsiders definitely WANT, no desperately NEED something like the hub or the playground close to home!
I had never heard of this place, so I just checked out the website. It doesn't help their case. The menus are black text on a gray background, rendering them nearly impossible to read, and the main dishes are not listed on the site. If the owners read this, I hope they take it as constructive criticism.
I love this place. Kade has done stellar compared to what this place used to be. The bartenders and wait staff over the past year are pleasant and willing to talk with everyone. It can be a little pricey, but the food is head n shoulders above anything else on this side of town and worth it. We've tried the Kadertots, salads, bbq sandwich, burgers, and most of the beers and always leave happy. The bbq sandwich with the Carolina style mustard sauce is good...I'm a N.C. native so it felt like home to me.
Glad they are doing well and hope it continues for us east side folks.
I agree with jmeC, especially about the quality surrounds. That place is a dump on the inside. The inside smells old and is so very outdated and the furniture outside is uncomfortable. Nevertheless, my husband and I do go there relatively frequently but only when we can sit outside (and not at a picnic table). The service and food has been spotty. Sometimes it's really good, sometimes it's not so good. Sloooow service and limp, greasy fries the last time we were there :-(. On a positive note, I do love the beer and the poke tacos and I love the live music (especially the 2 Lazy 2 Ranch Band!). I hope they can fix all of these issues because we need good places on the east side and I would go here a lot more if it were better!
I like it there, as well. But, only once in a while - mostly for a drink. The Quinoa Kale salad is delicious.
The prices are a dollar or two over what they should be. They use cheese sauce instead of real cheese, which has a bland flavor. The service is hit or miss and the furniture is old and/or cheap both inside and outside. (Sometimes I wonder if food/drink places that open on the East side think that we don't need or want quality surroundings. Then they wonder why they aren't making money and eventually close.)
Lastly, there are very few vegetarian options. The calabacitas are supposed to be vegetarian, but are grilled on the same flat top as the meat, which ends up in the tacos. And, I think the fried cheese curds ("Curds of Amazingness") are fried in the same oil as their fish n' chips, because that's all I tasted when I ordered them. So, it's difficult to taste the cheese... and again... it's not very vegetarian friendly.
But, it's a great place to relax with a beer and take in the beautiful scenery.
Really like the place. As far as pricing, I didn't think it was that bad. Most places that serve craft beer are gouging-- with the exception of Tucson Hop Shop. Another thing I really like about this place is there are NO annoying TVs outside to ruin the atmosphere. This was the main reason I visited in the first place: to verify that they deviated from the mindless TV obsessed masses. It's true! Keep up the good work!
The food and atmoshere are good, it's just that the beer is way over priced. I won't be returning.
new name, same stuff
here's my review when it was called The Breakfast Club.
We love this place. The server is always very friendly and responsive and the Thai food is delicious. One really exciting thing is that you can order Thai food for breakfast. I love that I can get green curry first thing in the morning.
I live in the area and I really wanted to like Dominicks. I've been 3 times. The food is not terrible by any means, but it's not remarkable at all. It is not homey, not particularly authentic... but I know it's still a new place and could be having growing pains. I'm not Italian, but I respect the cuisine and appreciate it when it's done right.
Tucson is becoming much, much more happening than I ever thought it could be ten years ago. Santé!
Great article, good to see these businesses and their owners highlighted and promoted!
Dominick's menu and execution is fantastic. This coming from an Italian who's lived in many big cities (since that seems to be a necessary credential in this debate).
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but let's perhaps stay on topic shall we? No need to slander the neighborhood.
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