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roadtrip to PIG OUT at St.Mary's in Tucson !

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WriteForFood Mar 1, 2009 11:42 AM

ok... after living in vegas for a while ,my frustration from trying to find OUTSTANDING mexican with hand made tortillas reached its zenith last week.

i did the only thing i knew to do and that was to do a roadtrip to tucson to the BEST cheap hole in the wall mexican food with tender hand made flour tortillas in the southwest.

it took me 8 hours of driving but it was well worth it ! for 3 days i pigged out on their amazing food..... i even took a room at a motel around the corner from them so i could bring it back to my room and have them close by if i wanted more !

all i can say is MY GOD ! if ever there was a reason to move BACK to tucson.... st marys is IT! LOL

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE HERE : get ALL burritos DOUBLE WRAPPED ! it costs a bit more but its worth it for the taste and it keeps the burrito from busting any leaks.

before i left i ordered 5 burritos to go.... and got 3 dozen of those AMAZING tortillas for the freezer.
i have to tell you that the burritos held up VERY well on the trip back and i put them in freezer when i got home.

the best way to eat them after they have been frozen is to let them slowly defrost in the fridge and then take them out and leave them on the counter till they are about room temperature.
then put them (no foil) in the micowave in a covered dish and set the temp on medium or the defrost setting to gently warm them back to life.

i just now finished one and it was FABULOUS! it was a SO good i just cant believe that when they are gone.... that will be IT...till the next road trip. LOL

anyway..... dont forget to get a container of their red sauce too. its fresh and it will be ok if you keep it cool. what i do is pour the sauce into an ice cube tray and freeze it in cubes so i can take out only what i need. this sauce is VERY fragile and wont last long in the fridge.
but frozen into cubes. ... you can defrost it one cube at a time for what you need for that meal.

its hard to believe that here in vegas....there are NO hole in the wall joints with food like st. marys. lots of mexican places but nobody making this wonderful homemade food.
pity.

if you make a road trip to st. marys in the summer months... dont forget your cooler so you can bring back some of their tres leche cake as well. SOOO YUMMY!

ok..... now time to sit back and digest and plan the next trip. LOL
you LUCKY folks that live in tucson ! ENJOY!

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  1. Jess321 Mar 1, 2009 01:33 PM

    I didn't discover St Mary's till the end of my senior year at U of A, and I was so bummed that they didn't have a place that great up in Scottsdale! Every time I go back, I make sure to make a trip there. Their tortillas are amazinggg!

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      WriteForFood Mar 1, 2009 03:25 PM

      WOW... thats too bad ! all that time there and you didnt get a chance to enjoy st. marys till the end.
      well... at least you are not that far from it.
      i have never found any place that good since i discovered it 10 years ago.
      yeah.... their tortillas really are AMAZING !!

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      Calumet Mar 2, 2009 05:09 AM

      Thanks for the reminding me about St. Marys. They usually sell capirotada, a traditional Mexican bread pudding, during Lent. I need to get over there and buy some. Their flour tortillas are incredibly thin and delicious and worth the drive across town.

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        WriteForFood Mar 2, 2009 10:36 AM

        i am SO jealous .... all you have to do is drive accross town. LOL.
        i got some of that bread pudding too sitting in my fridge. i'm saving it for just the right time. Mmmmmm.

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        olddogeyes Mar 2, 2009 04:44 PM

        Wow, for being so good they haven't been reviewed on Yelp since 2007...

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/st-marys-mexi...

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          WriteForFood Mar 3, 2009 10:30 PM

          hey i like those reviews i hadnt seen them before but everything they say is SPOT ON!
          i dont see st. marys changing anything anytime soon their stuff is SO wonderful.
          why cant more places be like that...where the food is the reason to go.
          a true hole in the wall like st marys is priceless.

        2. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 3, 2009 12:24 PM

          There are places in Tucson that are a national treasure, St. Marys is one for sure. Let's hope and pray they never change.

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            csccat Mar 3, 2009 04:38 PM

            I am in the Old Pueblo right now, doing something very similar. St. Mary's is on our list for tomorrow.

            Almost as good is Carolina's in Phoenix, conveniently located within 5 minutes of the rental car center at Sky Harbor airport. Get off the plane, get the car, head for the best Machaca burros in the world.....

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