East Speedway had Paulos, Vitos and Von's which were 50's & 60's Continental Style. The Jet Set hung out at The Barrons on South Wilmot in the early 70's. Wongs on 22nd was great for Chinese for quite a few years. OK Coral had some great steaks. I loved the Green Goddess at Sneaky Petes back in the late 60's.
When "The Bistro" opened on Broadway near Kolb, it was the most expensive restaurant in Tucson. Last but not least were the two Johnie's on Speedway. I loved those burgers and the crinkle fries. YUMMY delish!
Golden Pagoda was own by Mr. David So for 30 years. My dad and mom bought the place in 1982. They own Golden Pagoda from 1982 to 1987. Yes, the whole family was there to help. All my cousins from my mom side of the family. Nowadays, Tucson has too many Chinese restaurants. The taste is not the same anymore. Thank you Rita Connelly and Tucson Weekly for remembering us.
Just discovered the Egees at Tempe Market Place. YEA!!!! Any plans for more locations in the East and West Valley?
Richard, you will be happy to know there are now two places serving Eegees drinks in Phoenix ... we don't have to drive to Casa Grande any more!!! A Blimpie sub shop on Indian Bend and the GreatSteak at Tempe Marketplace both serve the standard trio and FOM Eegees!
How could you leave out Casa Molina and Scordato's ?May have the spelling incorrect on the second one.
They need to expand. People moving to California or as far as Florida miss Eegees
7115 E 22nd St
Tucson, AZ 85710
This list needs updating!
I agree with wildcatforever: Corleone´s on Mabel Streat near the university is part of my good memories from the time we lived in tucson. The house had several cozzy rooms to choose, good pasta and pizzas.
I remember the Corleone italian restaurant, about 6 blocks from Gentle Ben, 1980.
BTO to close May 25th to become a burger place "Graze" sometime in August.
What about CHINESE FOOD!??
I really missed El Greco's. I ate at the one by the UofA as a kid and then in college. We had our wedding rehearsal at the Ft. Lowell location so I have many fond memories of the restaurant.
I like working here
That really sounds like a great idea. God forbid Monsanto should enter the picture.
With all the money coming in from the Casinos, why wouldn't anyone on the Tohono rez be able to eat right if they wanted to?
I know there isn't room to list all the old great places, but I remember going to Austin's near Broadway Village in the early '60's with my dad after UofA basketball games in the old Bear Down gym. Dad wouldn't let me try any of those other ice cream flavors, C,S & V were the only flavors of real ice cream to dad (and that was OK)
Best chocolate malts I ever had! Johnnies Fat Boy couldn't be beat! The free sopapillas for dessert at Panchos in the old Del Ray shopping center on 22nd st. were the best. I probably wouldn't care for them now but the simple hamburgers at Burger Chef on 22nd & Craycroft were a treat to a seventh grader (Mom would have killed me for riding my bike down there with my pals in 1965). The core of the building of El Molinito on 22nd is the old Burger Chef. Lotta memories, good one's of Tucson.
Brings to mind great times and all the great memories of growing up here in Tucson. The article and the comments are precious reminders of days gone by.
any chance we could get this list updated.. its over 8 years out of date at this point..
Araneta's Mexico Inn--I still consider it the best Mexican restaurant in Tucson. Their huevos rancheros and chimichangas were superb--and the salsa!!!
Thank you all. Tucson was a great place to eat as well as to grow up. Don't forget the Hula Hut on South Stone for very good stakes and funny drinks, and later the Panda Bar. MJL
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