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Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, Tucson

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Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, Tucson

Peter D. Tillman | May 19, 2004 11:16 PM

I've been going to Cushing St. for as long as I've lived in Tucson, which is, um, 27 years now. One of the prettiest places in town -- an old adobe, lovingly restored by Kelly Rollins. The food has historically been bar munchies, good but not too ambitious.

Cushing St. went seriously downhill AWB, so the owners evicted the failing tenant, and reopened with Betsy Rollings (Kelly's daughter) as mgr. Disclosure: I've known Betsy for decades, too. But I wouldn't tell you the food's good if it wasn't.

Anyway, she's turned the restaurant into a considerably more ambitious affair. The chef's name escapes me, dammit, but he's good. Still lots of bar munchies, which is fine for light, picky eaters like us.

So far, we've had, and enjoyed: fish tacos, probably the best in town. Shrimp quesadillas, also excellent, but you have to love garlic. A new addition this year is the pasta primavera, which is unbelievably good. House burger is with white cheese, bacon, and (a little) green chile, cooked how you want and served with very good house-made potato salad.

Desserts are house-made and have all been good. On our last visit, we had the cheesecake. Very rich and good.

So Cushing St is now in our Top Three or Four Tucson restaurants (along with Vivace, Mi Nidito, and maybe the J-Bar), and by far the prettiest. The patio is esoecially nice -- & we learned from Betsy last time that the patio furniture (French-style metal chairs & tables) has now been in service for 30+ years(!). Surprisingly comfortable. Very, very nice place. Downtown, just S of Conv Ctr & W of main police station.

Happy eating!
Pete Tillman
Tucson & Santa Fe

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