Teresa's Mosaic, westside Tucson
This is another one of our old favorites. I've been eating at the Mosaic for 25 years, and the restaurant has at various times occupied 3 of the 4 corners at Silverbell and Grant. It's now on the NW corner, up the hill & behind McDonalds. The 'new' location -- interior is mostly new, after a fire last year -- has fine Catalina views and a pleasant, open interior, with wild decorations (under glass) on each table. If you go on the weekend, call ahead, or plan to wait. During the Show next month, try to go at off-hours.
Anyway, the FOOD: by far the best albondigas soup in town. A bowl, served with a handmade (while you watch!) flour tortilla, is plenty for a light meal. Those meatballs! My wife usually gets the Deluxe (vegetarian) burrito, a holdover from the Mosaic's hippie days, and she pronounced last night's to be excellent (the burros were below standard last spring -- though the soup continued to be superb).
Last night, for a change I ordered a steak picado burrito, full of Black Angus sirloin, mild fresh green chile and tomato bits. The filling was excellent, but made for too dry a burro (for me, anyway). I'm pretty sure the same steak & chile mix is also offered in soft tacos, which is better.
I noticed there's a brand-new Mosaic Dos on La Cholla north of Ina (across from Foothills Mall). It's run by the same family. Has anyone here tried it yet.?
Or how about Las Vigas, in the old Papagayo/Pianola space on Ft Lowell, just E of First? Or the brand-new Mex place that's just around the corner, on First, next to Discount Caskets [!] ?
Note that Bron's Taqueria, on the NE Corner, is good and cheap -- we're regulars. Try the carne asada tacos. Mmmm.
Mexican food is finally looking up on the northside!
Cheers -- Pete Tillman