I know, Tucson is at the end of the food chain.
But where can I find fresh mussels in a resto?
Vivace had them for awhile several years ago, but they have now disappeared from the menu.
I can make a good meal myself out of store bought mussels, but prefer a resto., mainly becuz of the bread to sop up the broth.
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The Dish has mussels on the menu. I had them, and they were delicious. They also have a "Mussels Menu" Tuesday-Thursday at the bar that is an excellent value.
Tucson is indeed the end of the food chain. Most folks here who can travel compare notes on foodstuffs they bring back from other places. Like superfine sugar which MAY be available in Tucson during the Holidays, but not otherwise. But BlueFin has mussels and they are OK, but not more than that. I find the quality of seafood at BlueFin to be less than the best. Their Ahi is particularly poor. You can get mussels in a better supermarket like Albertson's or A.J.'s, but the dead to alive ratio is not good. We wind up taking the dead ones back there are so many. You are right to stick to restaurants in this case.
Please pardon the interruption, but we'd ask that you keep the focus of this thread on mussels in Tucson, and away from Tucson's location on the proverbial food chain.
In our experience, sweeping statements about an area's chow don't really help anyone eat better. They're also beside the point -- hounds will travel for great food when they can, but are generally searching for the best of what's available to them.
Thanks! And as you were.