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Mexican Food Generally and in Tucson, Question for Hounds at the End.

noradailey | Feb 8, 201504:24 PM

Sorry this is so long, please read it all and answer my question at the end!
I just spent several days in Tucson and ate at both the much recommended Cafe Poco Cosa and the Little Paco Cosa. We ate first at the Little, which was absolutely wonderful. We each had one of their fruity drinks and decided that the pineapple basil was the best, but all were refreshing and quite different. The menu was not on a chalk board, but was printed and quite extensive, including breakfast. The salsa was one of the best I have ever tasted, very fresh tasting with a lot of depth to the flavor. I had a smoked pork in a creamy chipotle sauce which was so good that I sopped up the remaining sauce with good homemade tortillas. My plate included salad with fresh vegetables and fruits - greens, beets, strawberries, oranges. So fresh. Also very good beans and rice. And very reasonably priced. A winner all around.
The next day we went to the more formal and beautiful Cafe Poco Cosa. We were sure it was going to be at least equally good if not better. We started with their premium margarita which was quite tasty. Things went down hill from there. The salsa was quite ordinary, especially when compared to the Little One. And while the chips were good, there were four of us, including a teenaged boy, that one bowl of chips was quickly gone. We had to ask for more, which were not refilled even though emptied again.
The menu here was on a chalk board and included only about 10-12 items. Our server seemed preoccupied and not very interested in us. The explanations of the items on the menu were curt and cursory, even though the names of the entrees were unfamiliar to us. Our teenager wanted cheese quesadillas, instead of the more sophisticated offerings. There was no offering of this simple request. Two of us ordered the plate of the day which included three of the items from the menu, kitchens choice. Let me say, that having read about the dishes and having been to the Little Cafe, we were not expecting Tex-Mex. We are fairly sophisticated diners. We were served beautiful plates - but, for all of our tastes, the dishes were way too sweet.
One of my dishes was Torta Polo Creme Mosaza JalapeƱo. Our server described this as being like a polenta. This dish had no taste except sweet, no heat at all, just no flavor. Another of our party had this same dish except the sauce was a black bean mole. The mole was also extremely sweet. We also had a chicken mole. This tasted as if it were in chocolate pudding. Now I have eaten mole in various restaurants, but never like this. Two of us had a Carne Asada Poblano and this was a tasty dish with good steak in it. The four of us were given one small bowl of beans and one small bowl of rice. This was just like that at the Little and was quite tasty. But we were never offered refills. The salads on our plates were fresh and tasty.
And also I had some good white sangria.
When our waitress asked us - told us- good, Huh? We said, looking down at the piles of food left on our plates, we said - a little too sweet for us. Somewhat patronizingly, she said "well, different tastes" and left our checks. (Not an inexpensive lunch) Then the owner, I suppose Suzana, came over. We were not complaining, just discussing. When I said that I had never eaten Mexican food that was so sweet, she said this was from southern Mexico and it was always like this. These were some of her customers' favorites.
So, you hounds, is this true?

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