We came out for our annual spring trip. Just 3 days before heading up to Scottsdale for some baseball games.
Saturday night was our usual Daisy Mae's visit. After 3 visits, the quaintness is wearing a bit thin and the run-down-ness is coming into view. Not to mention there wasn't much of a crowd (But AZ had played bball earlier that evening so that might have kept some people away). The 14oz ribeye was cooked to order and delicious. You can taste the charcoal/mesquite. I doubt I have to describe the very, very simple salad (but pretty good homemade ranch dressing), baked potato (served with an exceptionally large bowl of butter and sour cream), texas toast (not making any texans proud), and ranch beans (that are best left untouched). As I have warned in the past, DO NOT miss the apple pie ala mode. Perhaps the best ice cream I've ever had. Stick to beer, as the margaritas are too sweet and the red wine is too sour. We always leave happy and full.
Sunday night we went to Coronet Cafe. A real nice patio setting. Wonderful help from who I assume are the owners. They were very gracious. We made a true dinner out of it, but it appeared many tables were just grazing. Warm olives and Marcona Almonds to start went will with a perfect Rye Manhattan. Son had the sausage which I understand was marinaded in a beer called Dragoon Session(?). Fine. Could have been juicier. Wife and I split the Gravlax/Salmon Rillette board and the Pate Campagne board. The rillette was dry and the pate a bit under-seasoned. We appreciated the house cured pickles and other accompaniments.
Monday lunch was our usual trip to Marsico's (sp?). We love this meal. Best Michalata (sp?) I've ever had. We get the seafood salad with mussels, snails, squid, etc. And the ceviche. And the oysters. Then the Fish Culuchi (sp?) and the Fish Tacos (they were marlin tacos and we weren't as keen on them). Anyways, a wonderful and affordable meal with great service.
Monday dinner was our first trip to Reilly's Pizza and Bar. We loved it. Great atmosphere/decor. Great waitress. I was really disappointed that my only wine choices were "on tap". Yes...."on tap". It took me a minute too. I ordered a carafe of Tempranillo and it was not great. But the pizzas were great! We had a small salad that was run-of-the-mill. But the Calabrian Salami pizza and the Roasted Crimini pizza were some of the best I've ever had. I swear we ate them in about 5 minutes.
Tuesday dinner was at Agustin. Again, not crowded. I think there are now so many dinner choices they may have over saturated the market a bit. I wasn't as crazy about the design of this place as some of the people I've read. I found it a bit stark. We had a cocktail. And only after asking did they tell me they had a Reserve wine list and and Arizona wine list. Not sure why they'd hold that back. The AZ red was a bit rough, but glad we tried it. Dinner started with a fantastic Beef Tartar. And an assortment of spreads (Kale/Feta, Pork Shoulder, Buratta, and salmon). I wasn't crazy about any. Son had grilled salmon over mashed potatoes. Nothing here to write about. I had the scallops with a pork reduction that was a very good dish and really showed someone back there knows how to cook. The Cioppino I thought was a total fail. Lots of fresh seafood but a overly think crushed tomato sauce (not broth) that was extremely one dimensional and a soggy rice bomb of a Arincini that had none of the crispness that makes Arincini great.
Tucson really has a lot to pick from these days. Can't wait to return.