I went to Tucson for a combination business/personal trip last month. Of course prior to the trip I did research on chowhound to scout out possible dining places. Thought I will do a write up of some of the restaurants we went to that may be of help to others in the future.
- Cafe Poca Cosa
Went there on a Saturday and ordered to Poca Plata and a Pollo Mole. The Mole was very good, but the rest was average to bad. The beef in avocado sauce in the plata was overly salted. The corn cake was OK, even if slightly too sweet. What I don't like about the plate is that everything is piled together. I don't know what possessed the chef to put salad on the same plate as the rest of the food. If I put the salad dressing on the plate, it will run into the mole, and of course the mole ran into the salad. Not very appetizing. The side of rice and bean was not great either. The plain white rice was sticky, overcooked and oversalted. Lastly, way too much food!
- food stand at Mission Xavier
Various stalls sold fried bread tacos, and burritos. It looked pretty good so after we came back from Tubac (Tumacookery was great there for cookware) we stopped there for a late lunch. No seats, everything was dripping grease, but the food was pretty tasty in a peasant/rustic way. I had a green chili fried bread, hubbie and kid had the beans and cheese. I am sure it's really bad for you health wise, but a good occasional indulgence and a guilty pleasure.
- Mi Nidito
We waited for an hour to get in, but the food was worth the wait. The margarita was OK (had guava and mango) - a bit too weak and tasted like it was made from a slushy machine. I had the chili rellenos and it was easily the best I had. Lots of cheese, thin batter, and the chili wasn't over cooked. Hubbie had the dried beef, which was tasty. The chorizo burrito I ordered for my son was a bit too salty, however.
- J Bar
Went there for my birthday. Had the calamari appetizer, which was tasty, but wish the batter was more crispy. Shrimp tacos was way too soggy, but had a good favor. The beef dish I ordered wasn't very good (seems to be off the menu now). My husband's salmon was OK, but the quinoa was interesting. They gave me a little dessert for the birthday - tasted like an almond cookie but it's very pretty. Also ordered the chocolate souffle which was really more a molten chocolate cake rather than a souffle - still very good nevertheless.
- Parrilla Suiza
Went there for lunch prior to our departure. I love the tortillas with the salsa, since avocado salsa is one of my favorites. I had the chicken enchilada suiza, which was OK. I guess I was expecting a green sauce but it was actually more like the normal red sauce. Hubbie and son had the asada taco. The corn tacos had a good fresh corn favor, and the beef had a good chargrilled favor as well. Overall, not bad.
- AJ's Fine Foods
We went to AJ's one day for lunch. Got the pizza for my son (he was lobbying for it instead of going to the sushi place at the same mall). The pizza was cheap at least at $2, cheesy but the crust was dismal. I got the rainbow roll - edible but the rice was a bit too mushy. Can't expect much from a premade roll. Got a pint of cookies and cream gelato at the freezer, but it wasn't really very good gelato. The grocery store is amazing though - very good selection, even when compared to LA stores. Picked up some more exotic salt, powder chipotle peppers, Santa Cruz chili paste, more Arizona/New Mexico regional coffees and teas.