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Tucson: Catalina BBQ and Zivas


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Tucson: Catalina BBQ and Zivas

Claudette | | Jan 26, 2010 07:49 AM

The Catalina Grill at StarrPass morphed from an expensive, funky steakhouse into a terrific new BBQ venue with decent prices, a wide varitey of smoked meats, and a more interesting list of beers and wines. The brisket and spare ribs I had were tender and moist, the three BBQ sauces (including a vinegar one - yeah!) were all very good. Even the cornbread and veggies were well-conceived and well-cooked. My teenage daughter's burger and sweet potatoes fries were even better than the ones at Zinburger, IMHO, even though Zinburger's still her favorite. The new chef is a serious competition BBQ guy, with his own smoker, etc. Should be a guy to watch.

My first trip to Zivas, and service was very friendly, prices were fair, and the food was mixed: some delicious things (chips, salsa, beans, guac); some so-so (fish tacos, grilled chicken); some not-so good (something hard and unidentifiable in my salad, plus some pale, wrinkled peas in my rice). Very cute place, and I'll go back to give them a second try.