I've been there a number of times now, and I heartily concur with the review, especially with regards to the breakfast items. Baja Cafe has quickly become one of my favorite places for breakfast. One of these days I will stop by and check out the lunch menu.
Pollo Feliz makes me crap myself
@SalMinella - you reference Cadence in your comments about Coronet. Mistake or are you trying to make a comparison with the place so-named on Broadway (which is student housing)?
We had Sunday brunch there a few weeks back. We were patient and got a nice table inside after a few minutes. The food (and specialty drinks) were all delicious, and while it wasn't cheap, it wasn't overpriced! People in the Old Pueblo are spoiled! If you want great new restaurants, you're gonna have to be at least slightly adventurous and try something new, and be ready to pay for something that's a cut above. Oh, and try the muffins. They were delicious!
Pollo Feliz finally opened at Speeday and columbus at the same building Taco Juans and Whataburger was at. They had signs up for almost a year but just opened this past week.
This review was pretty much dead-on. Tried the Coronet a few weeks ago - we sat on the patio (it was still cool enough in the evenings to enjoy the patio ambiance) - and though we CHOSE the patio, we pretty much had to sit there because all of the inside seats were taken by groups of people who were there when we got there, still there when we left, and appeared not to be eating. Though we were the only patio seat when we got there, the service was not good - it took more than 15 minutes between wine order and wine delivery. The food WAS good but we noted the very limited and eclectic menu. It would serve the owners well to add some traditional entrees. And we noted that the food was also very pricey for what we got - the cost for two people neared $100 (appetizers, entrees, 2 glasses of wine). Our final observation of the evening was that the Cadence does not take American Express - we conveyed to the owner, who approached us and asked us about our dining experience (way to go!) that this probably would affect our return. For the prices they charge, they should accept AMEX - I am certain that we aren't the only household in Tucson that pays as many bills as possible with AMEX due to their generous "points redeeming" policy.
A week after our experience we conveyed our thoughts to some neighbors and they strongly encouraged us to return to the Cadence to try their "amazing brunch" and we will do so. We aren't ready to write this place off yet, and figure that we just caught them on a night too soon after their opening, when they were still trying to figure things out.
Unfortunately, there is practically nothing of the foods you described that make me want to check the place out.
Great writing !! Very impressed
RAZ and Sabor Tropical...
@Rita, Hi. Well, I read the Weekly .. daily online, and I've been in Tucson more than 20 years. Try me.
Your faithful reader,
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.
Does anybody else remember Norma at Yankee Doodle? She was a gem!
This place sounds like a complete disaster. Thanks for the warning. I won't waste my money there.
SonoraWinds, how much time do you have?
i reviewed a place that lasted about six months if that long....
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.
That is one really crappy looking burger! Yikes. I sure do miss the good old Yankee Doodle.
Thanks for the warning. I'll skip this ever-changing place at the far reaches of our 'hood.
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.
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.
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