Good Eats and Plenty of Them

This was a weekend of firsts and it’s not over yet.

On Friday, we popped into Seis’ Kitchen for lunch. I didn’t take any photos but did enjoy my meal of three carne adobo tacos with a side of calabacitas.

The room has gone a major makeover now that dining is fast casual. The once sushi bar that sits in the middle of the room is still there but now it is used for liquor. Everything else looks new with an unfussy, modern style.

On Saturday, we went to dinner at Dolce Vita. At first, we were the only people in the place – usually a bad sign – but then literally in a matter of ten minutes the place filled up with couples, families and groups of friends. Many seemed to be old time customers of the original Dolce Vita that was open for nearly forty years on Broadway and Pantano. The owner filled in as busser – a good sign. Service was great – another good sign.

There isn’t a website yet, I recommend they get one up and running soon. And please include a menu.

They don’t have their liquor license yet, victims of the stupidity of the various local regulations required to open a business and get all the proper permits. It’s a lament you hear from many small business owners in town. For some unknown reason, the powers that be make it tough for people to open small businesses. One day, I will write a scathing essay on the inane, archaic ways the city, county and state treat small business owners but until then…

Only days ago, we had been talking about how you just don’t see escargot on menus anymore but there they were, served either stand alone or stuffed in mushroom caps and topped with mozzarella. We opted for the second prep. We loved them and wolfed them down in a flash.

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Our entrees were linguini with clams, white sauce (another dish I’d been thinking about lately) and baked manicotti with a side of homemade sausage.

Entrees come with soup or salad. We both chose salad which was a goodly portion of mixed greens, red onions, a tomato and a pepperoncini pepper. IMG_0028 We couldn’t finish them but they were good. You also get a pasta salad with the house vinaigrette. It was tasty, but we left most of it for leftovers.

The portions of the entrees were generous. The manicotti was tender and gooey with baked cheese. IMG_0033The sausage was perfect. Topped with a hearty red sauce, the two pieces were slightly spicy with a soft hint of fennel. They tasted truly homemade. Like the sausage I ate growing up.IMG_0032

The linguini had tons of tender clams redolent with garlic. Looking at the photo, you’ll see mussels adorning the plate, but this dish was a fine example of how this dish should be prepared.IMG_0034

We were fully sated and still had food on our plates, but decided to see the dessert menu. In a very old fashioned, but extremely clever idea, the desserts are brought to the table for you to examine. It’s impossible to say no, so we took tiramisu home and ate half within minutes of walking in the door.

We’ll definitely be back.

Tonight another new place – Culinary Dropout, the newest Fox Restaurant Concept in Tucson. Stay tuned.

Tucson 23

In spite of 100° plus temperatures, Tucsonans still find a way to celebrate food and drink.

This Saturday is a prime example. Visit Tucson, Tucson’s convention and visitors bureau is partnering with Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance to present The Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival. Based on an article my friend Edie Jarolim wrote for Visit Tucson called ‘The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in America’.corn smut tacos

SAACA honors arts and culture through a wide variety of year round events. They feel food is an art, as well.

Visit Tucson celebrate Tucson is so many ways and is a perfect source to find out all that is happening in town whether you are a visitor or a local.

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The event will be held at the JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa and will have food from over 20 restaurants, food trucks and bakeries. The menu is tantalizing; tacos, tamales. Grilled shrimp, grilled pork, pan dulce, ceviche, carnitas e mas.DSCN1025

Libations include everything from raspados (Mexican sno-cones) to Mexican beers to fermented tea to American vodka and an assortment of tequilas.

Entertainment includes mariachis and folklorico dancers. There is a full day of events but I’m just going for the food….

Blanco Tacos & Tequila
Boca Tacos y Tequila

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Calle Tepa
Crossroads Cafe
Dish for Dosha
El Charro Cafe
El Cisne
Gringo Grill + Cantina
La Estrella Bakery
La Indita
La Fresita
La Parilla Suiza
Leo’s Mexican Food
Marisco’s Chihuahua
Molina’s Midway Restaurant
Pasco Kitchen & Lounge
Penca
Rigos Restaurant
Reforma Cocina y Cantina
Seis Kitchen and Catering
Taco Giro
Sonoran Sno Cones
Tequila Factory at the Casino del Sol Resort

Bohemia
Dos Equis Amber
Dos Equis Lager
Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine
Sonoran Sno-Cones*
Tecate Michelado Diablo

Tito’s Vodka
Fermented Tea Company

 

I can’t wait!’

Tacos, Tacos, Tacos

Oh, that Tucson Foodie!

During the entire month of May, Tucson Foodie (aka Adam Lehrman) and media sponsors Zocolo and Edible Baja Arizona magazines, are sponsoring a new event in town called Taco de Mayo.

All you have to do is eat at one of the participating restaurants, snap a pic, enter with your Instagram account  with the hashtag, #TacoDeMayo2015 and you could win a seat on the Grey Line tour of the three top Instagramed (is there such a word?) restaurants. The tour is on June 15 and The Tucson Foodie will be aboard. You can enter with every restaurant if you want (now that’s a challenge).

Go to the Tucson Foodie website for more details.

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Visit these killer Taco Hot Spots:

  1. Blanco Tacos + Tequila
  2. BOCA Taco Y Tequila
  3. El Charro
  4. Fini’s Landing
  5. Gringo Grill & Cantina
  6. Lerua’s Fine Mexican Foods
  7. Maico Restaurant
  8. Reforma Cocina Y Cantina
  9. Seis Kitchen
  10. Sir Veza’s Taco Garage (either Tucson location)
  11. Street Taco + Beer