This guy bangs westside harder than Tupac did.
MMH: I have no issue with the Mercado. I like it. I shop and eat there relatively frequently (want to threaten me about what's going to happen when I'm on the Westside?) but you might be one of the few politically-active Westside residents crying about the creep of gentrification. The area is likely to change, especially with the streetcar, it's just a matter of how it's managed.
Also, slow your roll a little bit. Name-calling does your opinion basically zero favors.
Moves and firewalls? Dan, you and JK are speaking some kind of journalistic lingo that is hard to decipher. Here is what I am saying: The Mercado is as diverse a destination demographically as any retail center I know of in Tucson. Our neighborhood worked to achieve a vision of small local businesses that provide neighborhood oriented retail including a genuine farmers' market. The Mercado is not just some "expensive firewall" it is a neighborhood focal point for celebrations as personal as birthdays and ethnic as the Dia de San Juan. It is as close to what hundreds of neighbors spent years discussing and petitioning for as I can imagine possible. It has high end and it has economical just like our neighborhood. Nattering naybobs like you have been threatening the G word ever since Rio Nuevo was passed by the voters in 1999. But we just want an empanda to go with our cup of coffee in the morning and a raspado to cool off on a hot summer night. And we are grateful that minority and women owned and local businesses are providing this to us at the Mercado. We want to walk and ride our bikes to support local farmers at the Food Bank's market at the Mercado. We want to celebrate our diversity and culture as the birthplace of Tucson at festivals at the Mercado. If you can't understand that I don't know what to tell you.
Mac: Jacqueline certainly has the right to her opinion, even if you disagree, but if you don't think there's some gentrification moves happening with the Mercado, I'm not sure what to tell you.
@mmh - fair enough
@ BURNIE MAK I stand corrected. Upon review of my comment, I withdraw the "watch yourself" and apologize to Jacqueline Kuder for a statement that was better off not being said.
I do stand by the rest of my comment and I will continue to take exception to the damage done to small local businesses by reporters, like Jacqueline Kuder, who make blanket statements without looking into the actual situation.
Go take a look for yourself Jaqui, meet some of the business owners and employees at La Estrella Bakery, Sonoran Sno Cones and Dolce Pastello. Or ask the Food Bank about their Thursday Farmers' Market and the diversity of demographic it serves and then if you feel you can make that blanket statement again perhaps I'll stand corrected twice.
It's too bad the Mercado couldn't keep Taqueria El Pueblito, it was the only reason I stopped by, good, inexpensive food. Why they kicked them out will forever be a mystery to me. I enjoyed stopping by for an early breakfast burrito and saw other workers doing the same. Now i'll never know, i am at work when the new place is just thinking about opening for breakfast. Oh well. Los Olivas is good!
Son's of smoke? Plural or possessive?
Son's of smoke BBQ
will be smoking ribs soon. in Rio Rico AZ. right across from the pilot truck stop on Ruby road.
@mmh The Westside condones men threatening women on the internet? Hardly. You might want to watch yourself on the W, seeing as you pretend to speak on the whole hood's behalf.
Tasty, good quality pizza & pasta AND inexpensive?? I'll be there ASAP!
Thanks for your review of a westside eatery. The taco shop next door to the pizza place is the best in town especially the birria de cabrito on Sundays. However, your snide comment that "the expensive Mercado San Agustin plaza that the city decided would be the gentrification firework for the neighborhood" is not only incorrect, it's offensive. There are minority and women owned small businesses offering value for money at the Mercado such as La Estrella Bakery, Sonoran Sno Cones and Dolce Pastello. Not to mention the Food Bank's Farmers' Market on Thursday which takes WIC and EBT (food stamps), etc. The Menlo Park neighborhood fought to have local businesses located in our new commercial spaces and we are proud to have the Mercado San Augustine as our neighbor. It has become the location of and sponsor for local events such as the Dia de San Juan and the All Souls Procession. Watch yourself on the Westside chica we don't take kindly to uninformed slanderous stupidity.
Oops, just saw it opens at 4.
So has anyone been to the Bianco place yet? Sure hope it's worth the wait. Welcome to Tucson!
Wow, thanks Tucson Weekly!
Thanks, that's a close bike ride from work, I've been wondering about it.
Mylo, good post.
I never meant my posts to be negative towards the people or the food at Taco Urbano. I hope they succeed and prosper in this city. I am glad there are people in this city that support local restaurants over corporate own chains.
I'd like call a truce everyone. With Hamas and Israel firing missiles at each other for reasons that most of us don't even understand, what if we stop firing missiles at each other, missiles that only places like leave Taco Urbano and other small family owned restaurants in the crossfire. No matter how lame the review is, we should not submit our discontent towards the review method- that is an editorial issue. We don't want to see dismembered burritos and enchiladas buried beneath the rubble of our ideological conflict due to trivial issues like websites and online status, either. While we were arguing, the cooks at Taco Urbano probably made a fresh batch of six different salsas for the patrons.
Can the Tucson community agree that when a review is posted that we don't post a comment until we have eaten there? I'm sorry to those who I had online conflicts with, (Mike, vegans, et al). I know that we all can do better. By even making a vegan stand I know that one is a person of conviction and a committed advocate of the Earth.
The real issue here concerns the restaurant that a real person owns. A compassionate, thinking, proactive fellow human which has poured their entire self into the creation of this restaurant. Let's give them some room.
Why don't you just go and eat there first, Mike, before attacking their tech department. I think if you went there you'd realize that with the iPad ordering they've got their shit together. Maybe they just haven't got around to the website because they're trying to get their food trip together first.
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