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Comment Archives: stories: Chow: Chow Feature

Re: “Let’s Twist Again!

Thanks I felt same experienced when I was visiting Tucson and try there. If I had options you give 100 star I gave 100 for sure .

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Alpesh Mahant on 04/13/2018 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Food City of Gold

Can't wait!

Posted by Lupita Cruz on 04/08/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Asian Cajun

Let's start at the front door. We arrived shortly after opening (1700). The first employee interaction was just outside the front door with the employee that was in the way while dicking about with his phone and blowing smoke at us. When we entered there were no other customers but plenty of staff, one was staring blankly at a calculator, the next was dicking about with his phone, the next was watching a fight on the big ole TV, not one of them stopped what they were doing to greet us and they continued doing the same things the whole time we were there. Finally a woman came out of the back and told us to sit anywhere and gave us some odd menus.

1700/5pm is when they open. We arrived shortly after, yet the garbage can in the women's bathroom was completely full and overflowing on to the ground. Three of the people working in the kitchen were wearing flip flops.

This close to opening I would expect everything to plentiful and fresh, especially at a seafood restaurant. So sorry, we are out of beer, lemons and only have one pound of green muscles. As we were ordering she kept having to go in the back to see if they had what we were ordering. The sodas came in warm cans served with a plastic cup, no ice. The iced tea came in a warm plastic bottle with a plastic cup, no ice.

We were then served a basket of awful, stale bread rolls with frozen butter.

When our food finally came, all that checking to see if they had what we wanted to order took a while, I was unable to eat much of mine. I am told that the green mussels were good, as were the shrimp and one order of crab legs. The clams and my order of crab legs were awful. They smelled off when they arrived, were not fresh, the shells were soft and the meat stuck to the insides of them.

Our group member with the cast iron stomach wanted to take them home to make crab salad with so I asked to have them packed to go. They dumped everything in the bowl (lots of liquid and sharp pointy shells) into a single plastic grocery bag.

We have been blessed to enjoy many excellent locally owned restaurants here in Tucson, this was not one of them.

Posted by cy on 04/02/2018 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Asian Cajun

Influenced by the Tucson Weekly's review of Seafood Time, our family ate there last week. We try to support small restaurants and local businesses. Unfortunately, it was one of the worst restaurant experiences we've ever had.

We're guessing the restaurants has some serious problems. We visited on a Saturday evening and other than us, there was one other table of two people. We were there early in the evening and the trash cans in the bathrooms were overflowing with garbage. At least half of the items we tried to order (mussels, sodas), they were out of. When we asked for some lemon slices, that was also unavailable.

Our waitress had to go to kitchen to answer almost any questions we had. Including what they were out of. Several other employees (or maybe just friends or family members) sat at a table in the middle of the dining room using their phones.

And worst of all, the food was not good. The clams weren't hot. The crab legs had an odd taste and texture. The rolls were not of the type that we usually expect with seafood and the butter was so hard it was impossible to spread, especially with the plastic knives. No utensils were served with our food and when we requested forks to use with the side dishes, we were given flimsy plastic.

We got a sense that someone had a good idea: a family-run, inter-generational, seafood restaurant. However, there seems to be little attention or experience in service, cooking, or how to effectively manage a restaurant.

Either the restaurant has declined since the review or the reviewer was exceedingly "generous."

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Disappointed on 03/30/2018 at 12:40 PM

Re: “The Greenest Party

I stopped by last week and it is important to know they cannot sell from that location. They were very nice and gave me a tour. they also told me locations like Rincon Market, Time Market, Food Co-op on 4th Ave, and AJ's for their produce. Very clean place; well thought out.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Old Sarge on 03/26/2018 at 12:32 PM

Re: “The Greenest Party

My nephew, Chaz rocks!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Charlita Shelton on 03/24/2018 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Taste Over Trend

Cool story JCC, but you got anything to say about Cody's? Never been I guess?

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by donkiyoti on 03/22/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Taste Over Trend

Coming to Tucson for "that Old West experience" is about as dead as it's possible to get. With the exception of "Old Tucson", "Pinnacle Peak" and "Tanque Verde Guest Ranch", there isn't much left of the "Old West" hereabouts. The days of Western "Dude Ranches" is largely over, and Western "Stomp Bars" are pretty largely gone.

El Paso is still a city that embraces its "Old West" heritage, with several noteworthy manufacturers of Western goods (El Paso Saddlery, Tony Lama, Luccese, Justin Boots, Caboots, etc.). There are also a number of Western music bars in El Paso.

Tucson has become much less a "Western" town and much more a trendy, metropolitan area with an emphasis on retirement villas galore in the surrounding areas.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by JCC on 03/16/2018 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Taste Over Trend

Oh no, a best-kept secret revealed. Well, we want this joint to stay in business, so c'mon over (across the street from Winterhaven actually) and dig in!

15 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 03/15/2018 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Portland Pie

I went when I saw the review on Tucson Foodie, great place.

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TrumpisaRump on 03/11/2018 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Roll ’Em!

I agree, come on weekly, do it

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 03/08/2018 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Roll ’Em!

I still can't believe that writers don't put the address/location somewhere in the piece...

4573 S. 12th Ave

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by facej on 03/08/2018 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Portland Pie

We lived in Portland for seven years and often ate at one of the Frankel's Pizzicato restaurants. They'll make a great addition to Tucson's pizza scene.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dennis on 03/08/2018 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Portland Pie

1101 North Wilmot

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by RobG on 03/08/2018 at 6:40 AM

Re: “How About a Mulligan?

Mark

Have you tried the shrimp being grown near Gila Bend called Desert Sweet Shrimp? You can order the shrimp on line at "Arizonashrimp.com) or visit the farm. In the past, food critics have said that these shrimp are the highest quality gourmet food grown in the state. They have pure, clean, taste with a firm, crisp texture.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gary on 02/22/2018 at 1:38 PM

Re: “How About a Mulligan?

Mark, your reviews are getting more and more interesting!

A request: if you review a restaurant that has undergone a remodel, like this one and the Playground, some pics of the interior decor would be appreciated!

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sondra Rose on 02/22/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Honest Goodness

These guys got a smoker ripped off the night before the Arizona Bowl but they still showed up for the tailgate .. and won for the best food there.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 02/12/2018 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Completely Casual

Sad this restaurant is no longer in business at that location. New location is on Congress Street in the Federal Building. Not the same Chaco's, is cafeteria setup and totally different atmosphere. R.I.P. Chaco's!

Posted by lythauslvr on 02/10/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Honest Goodness

918 w Prince rd. Northwest corner of Prince and Fairview

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by reddesertbbq on 02/08/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Honest Goodness

918 w Prince rd. Northwest corner of Prince and Fairview

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by David Martin on 02/08/2018 at 11:58 AM

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