My goodness, trip down memory lane.. raised in Tucson from 12 to 24, 1960 till 72.
Knew all these wonderful places, my favorite being Ye Olde Lantern with the appetizer tray, large red leather booths, fireplace and warm friendly staff.
My parents have long since passed but the first dinner we had when we visited Tucson before moving there on Xmas 59 was the Lantern. Lived near Coat of Arms and had rehearsal dinner at Cliff House, reception Coat of Arms. Great memories of so many others. Redwood Lodge, Vitos, Skyroom..Tucson has a proud heritiage of great eats. Thanks for the memories!!
Last Chance was dynamite. You could go in just before closing and get free slices and whole pizzas leftover from the evening. This was in the mid-70s as I recall. The beer was always frosty cold.
Cora's Cafe on the corner of Irvington and Old Nogales/6th - Right across from the Rodeo grounds.. Some of the best cheap breakfast I'd been raised on for special morning occasions. It was too tragic when it closed and re opened as some sort of mexican sea food place.
does anybody know why a food truck couldn't be at sabino canyon (especially on a weekend). i think it would do a great business - lots of hungry hikers and only vending machine junk available.
I used to work at Da Vinci's. It was one of my first jobs. I started as a dishwasher, cooked some pizza's and years later cooked there briefly. I have a lot of great memories from that place. The Ali family was a lot of fun. The staff was like family. You really don't find places like that any more. My wife still request me to make the chicken toskonini. Thank for the memories. Love ya Cosmo. Kev
I'm hungry, damn this new year and the resolutions it brings!
When Corleones was on Mabel St. near UMC, the atmosphere was great!! The restaurant was located in a house blended with a residential area. Food was very good! A night out for dinner was fun at Corleones while a student at U of A in the 1980's.
The ingredients are a secret for good reason. I don't want an imitation Eegee. Yesterday I drove from Phoenix to Casa Grande (new Eegee store) to get a bucket of lemon. I often wish they would would start packaging Eegees for commercial sales in grocery stores. Oh yeah, and the bread too. Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
um, the Salsa Ranchera and the Mexican Red Sauce are plenty hot enough. I prefer the Green Jalapeno on everything though.
Great post, as usual, . I have eaten at the Lotus Garden many times. It's always a good experience. Thanks for sharing this.
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Count your blessings, tucsonenses. I recently moved to Colorado Springs where people will swear that such-and-such place has "great margaritas!" and then when you get there, the bartender pulls out the MARGARITA MIX.
Don't even get me started on the salsa.
Would love to go anyplace other than downtown.
To the Author,
Thank you for writing this article. My father was raised in Tucson, and settled in OC, California, where I went to school with one of the Segura's grandchildren. When we found out whom his family was my father invited him over and we had a great night of reminiscent talk about Tucson and the Best Hot Sauce in the World.
I live in Hawaii now and have no access to the Sauce, please post the full adress or the phone number to the Factory I would rather buy it from the family itself.
Mahalo Nui Loa, a me Aloha!,
PO Box 4610 Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96745
This article intrigued me for a lot of reasons. The "techie" aspect in their novel approach to roasting appeals to my inner nerd, it's a local business and I love to support them, and as a coffee nerd they seem to have a passion for what they do, which usually translates into an excellent product. Unfortunately, I believe only the first two were correct.
I happened to be on the north side of town so I stopped into AJ's to pick up a bag. I was a little shocked at the price. At $18 for 10oz, it cost almost twice what fresh local roasters like Savaya and Raging Sage charge but what's cost when it comes to good coffee? Upon opening the bag at home however, I was faced with several obvious concerns before I even started heating the water. First, it was vacuum sealed. Fresh coffee gives off CO2 and therefore needs packaging that will allow it to breathe. Second, it was already ground. If you like your coffee fresh, you should grind it immediately before you brew it. Third, both the website and the package encourage using a French press, my favorite method. But the grind was much to fine and I ended up with A LOT of grounds in the cup. Fourth, in my opinion, it was over roasted. When you roast beans to long, you drive off the oils that carry the majority of the flavor.
One sip was enough. I dumped my cup and went to Cartel.
Admittedly, I am a coffee snob so my opinion may be a little over analytic. But as this was priced well above some of the best fresh roast in town, I believe it is fair to hold it to at least the same standard. I wish Tyler's Coffee well. Especially in this economy, we need all the successful local businesses we can get. I hope they can improve their product, but I would not purchase this coffee again.
Just returned from a road trip where native foods carts and trucks perambulate on rural roads; they are mainstays of their small communities. Corn stew, local breads- just delicious. Thanks for this resource listing on our Tucson trucks.
This Year's winners:
La Fuente - Judges' Choice
Marinaterra - People's Choice
Casino del Sol - Best Food Pairing
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