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Tucson's Southwest Grill - Clearwater


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Tucson's Southwest Grill - Clearwater

Coyote | Aug 30, 2003 10:17 AM

What an odd lunch we had here. Tucson's is a large restaurant, and on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, was just packed, very noisy, and although informed by the hostess that Tucson's is not a chain, it had the feel of one. We split an order of steak fajitas and the BBQ chicken and ribs entree. The latter featured BBQ sauce that was the rough equivalent of any acceptable sweet bottled sauce from Publix, a fairly small chicken breast, and a smallish half slab of tender ribs. A Caesar salad was included, as was some yellow rice. All just OK. The fajitas included a very small amount of shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa and lettuce, a few tortillas, and an ample amount of beef and sauteed onions. It looked good. It had, however, no flavor. None. I could SEE chilis and onions in the salsa, but couldn't taste them. No flavor at all. No discernible marinade for the meat. As my dining partner said, they forgot to run the meal through the spice rack. Did not note that for another buck I could have had rice and beans and would have ordered them, my oversight. Excellent server. Anyway, here is the strangest part: also available was a buffet. Not particularly southwestern in feel, it included a lemon fish dish and chicken Parmesan of all things, tuna salad, and carved turkey and roast beef. Hmmm. Might decide to go back and give that a go, and just pretend the name of the restaurant doesn't mean anything since evidently the chef doesn't think it does. Did enjoy a beer stein sized Margarita that was kind of weak, but fairly priced for the size at $6.00. Fajitas were $8.50 and the chicken and ribs were $10.95. Buffet $6.75.

13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, 727 530 0637.

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