The Desert Pup 
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Re: “Jim Murphy of Kingfisher: “We’re Not Done”

Kingfisher has the best baby back ribs in town! Check out the half slab on the late-night menu for $14, which includes skinny French fries & cole slaw sides. This is such a cool place, in the bar, or dining room. Murph is a Tucson legend in his own time!

Gotta have more baby back ribs, but just wish he would open on the far east side at Tanque Verde & Catalina Highway - it would be a license to print money, as nobody out here in the Tanque Verde Valley wants to drive all the way into town for dinner & wine, & then try to safely make it back home way out here. Some 20,000 or so of us out here, Murph! Get with it & check out the huge corner here!

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Posted by The Desert Pup on 04/02/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Worth the Wait

I have always loved Vivace, and Danny Scordato is a Tucson treasure, who has endured many location changes. I wish him all best successes at the newest location!

And now the negative: this ridiculous reservation policy has got to go...If you fall for this 4:30 pm or 9:30 pm policy, & then show up for an expensive dinner, while most people are still at work, or taking a nice afternoon nap, and then you see that almost nobody else is seated...or you show up at 9:30 pm, to an empty house, you begin to realize that this policy is a rude, unnecessary way to get you to pay up for an undesirable dining time...

Here is the way to beat the offensive policy: show up as a walk-in, with no reservation. If there is an open table, you might just score. It all depends on the host/hostess. The former manager, whose first name starts with an "E" was an obnoxious gatekeeper, who clearly tried to make you feel inferior if your reservation was not made many, many weeks ago. Even then, he was just a phony snob.

The food and wines at Vivace are stellar Italian, and I highly suggest that you try it out, but beware, getting a table is a ridiculous mind game of useless negotiation. It truly needs to end right now!!

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Posted by The Desert Pup on 11/20/2014 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Underperformer

Great review!! Kill them with honest reality. People in Tucson do NOT wish to spend $322 for dinner. For many, that grotesque amount is one month's food supply at home, including a very sufficient supply of very decent "jug" wine. Try the Barefoot Cellars 1.5 LT Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir at Total Wine for $7.97. And learn how to cook.

I am from originally San Francisco, which is by any definition, a foodie's paradise in quality, innovation, service, wine, & decor. Even at the most difficult of restaurants to get a reservation, and even at the most expensive places, one could not remotely approach a $322 dinner tab for two!

This Five Palms gouge will have to be cut in half to even have a remote chance of survival, while the service has to double in execution! Who the hell does this guy think he is anyway? A Thomas Keller in the foothills? Thanx for the warning...

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Posted by The Desert Pup on 07/18/2013 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Red Velvet Cupcakery Closes Saturday

I will tell you precisely why this over-priced, low-demand little cupcake retailer has gone belly-up & closed:

They staunchly refused to give out samples! You tell me why I should buy a $4 cupcake without a sample? Not gonna happen. So let's say the free samples cost them at maximum $1, and let's say they give away a few dozen per day to get customers addicted to the wonderful little treats, and to get good will for a return visit. Monthly cost at the absolute max. = $750.

These cheap bastards refused to sample the cupcakes, and now they are deep in debt, have no way to pay all the back high rent, and the business model has failed...

It was a no-brainer...samples equals desire, equals purchase, equals paid rent, equals more locations. Stubborn cheap bastards deserve to close. End of story. Great cupcakes!! I will miss them. Too bad, so sad...bye-bye.

Posted by The Desert Pup on 11/11/2011 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Takeout, Maybe?

Wow - What an honest and brutal review. Finally some truth out of these reviewers. So let me summarize; I'm supposed to drive all the way downtown (22 miles) just to be young and hip, struggle with safe parking, and then end up at what seems to be a glorified ice cream shop...with lousy service, well-done burgers, and no doubt a hipper-than-thou attitude? Guess what! NOT GONNA HAPPEN. Not now, not ever. I can do way better at home, for 1/3 the price and zero aggravation.

Listen up, Kade, & start firing some of these slacker wannabe servers. And fire any Chef / cook who does well-done meat. Gimme a break. This place could be so much better because the owner, Kade, is very sincere, highly-experienced and well-intentioned. I hope he survives this review.

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Posted by The Desert Pup on 06/02/2011 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Devilish Details

I simply want to know exactly what are many of these so-called restaurant owners thinking? Do they really think all of us, who enjoy dining out, are so dumb, uninformed, and clueless as to tolerate crummy service, inconsistant food, rude servers and a total lack of professional attitude?

Last time I took notice, the greatest majority of people are suffering greatly financially...for sake of simplicity, let's just call this a DEPRESSION...And if somehow we do get to dine out, it had better be worth the $75-$100 it will cost you for two people, food, a glass of wine or two, tax & tip.

If I walked into this mainly empty new Elle, and was seated at a tiny two-top, I would automatically know that this was going to be a nightmare, and a complete waste of my money. Get real - lose the skimpy two-tops. If I am not good enough for a comfortable, quiet booth, then exactly who were you holding out for? Imam Obama?

I used to dine at the original Elle, but these reviews have done nothing to encourage me to drive ALL the way across town on $3.75 gas to get insulted, denied, and diasappointed. Good luck to the owners of all of these type of places. I do not need any of them, nor do most people...I say WAKE UP!! Get aggressive. Get up and leave!!

Thanx for reading. Try a local franchise chain...at least they have standards.

Posted by The Desert Pup on 04/01/2011 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Playing It Safe

Wow...we actually have a live wire from NYC critiqing the restaurant scene here. It might make for interesting reading, as most all of the reviews I read in our two local papers are glowing & gushing with praise about the decor, or some other meaningless aspect...

Many major city newspapers are, and should be, downright vicious in their reviews. It not only makes for much better reading, but it makes these crappy restaurants wake up.

Just in case no one has paid attention, we are in a depression here, and no one is anxious to spend $25 bux (and more) per person for lousy service, mediocre food, and glowing decor. I can do much better right here at home. Many of our better restaurants have lost my business in recent years with their snotty attitudes and over-priced "cuisine".

As for the Cheesecake Factory, I have zero interest in dining at any restaurant with a 22-page menu. They should pay me to read the dumb thing. The secret to a great restaurant is to do a few things very, very well, with consistant excellence. And cheesecake is not food; it is a heart-attack on a plate...

There might be a dozen restaurants in Tucson worth your time, effort and money... Perhaps I shall name names in a future post, but most of them are dirty rip-offs with zero appeal. Perhaps many people enjoy the chain places because at least you get clean, and some degeee of consistancy.

Merry Christmas! Now save your money and learn how to cook at home...

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Posted by The Desert Pup on 12/23/2010 at 10:16 PM

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