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Claudette Jan 24, 2009 06:49 PM

On this quarterly trip to Tucson I tried something new, something old:

1. Delicious fish tacos at B-Line: small pieces of fish, but very fresh ingredients and quality Mexican rice and beans. ~$10
2. Charred octopus salad at Primo was actually blackened, but very tender; crab cake was huge and delicious. ~$15 each
3. Sunflower Farmer's Market at 1st and Limberlost is finally open and has fabulous selection of yogurts and fruits. I forgot the name of the frozen yogurt store at the corner, but their tart yogurt is perfect - not too creamy nor too icy, and the mochi is slightly sweeter (and therefore more flavorful) than the versions in the SF Bay Area. $3.40 for the small cup
4. Jax Kitchen is very stylish, and although the tuna nicoise salad was overdressed, the shallot dressing was terrific. While I loved the Spanish anchovies in it, the rock-hard pink tomatoes should have been omitted. Overall, it's more interesting than the ahi salads at Pastiche and ZinBurger. ~$15
5. The Jax Kitchen cheese plate was okay: Port Salut (yawn), Parm Reggiano (too grainy for a cheese plate, IMHO), a French Blue (great with the grapes), and Irish Porter (cheddar and Guiness - tasty but milder than it sounds).

Heard rumor that Terra Cotta, Red Sky, and Cuvee are out of business - can anyone confirm?

  1. mrbigshotno.1 Jan 25, 2009 01:05 PM

    Three places move out, three LosBetos move in.

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      Claudette Jan 25, 2009 01:10 PM

      What's a LosBetos?

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        lawyerbriefs Jan 25, 2009 03:28 PM

        Los Betos are dirt cheap taco shops. I can't comment on them as I've never entered one and don't plan on changing that practice anytime soon.

        P.S. They're not actually moving into the Terra Cotta or Cuvee locations!

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          Claudette Jan 25, 2009 03:49 PM

          Thanks, lawyerbriefs. BTW: don't you frequent the Ventana Room? Have you tried their Native American foods menu?

    2. lawyerbriefs Jan 25, 2009 07:06 AM

      I believe Terra Cotta closes on 1/31. Red Sky is open and in Chapter 11. Cuvee announced it was closing or closed a few weeks ago and I think it has closed by now.

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