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The Grill at Hacienda del Sol review

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catzen Sep 21, 2012 09:50 PM

Fantastic! My husband & I had dinner there tonight as part of Arizona Restaurant week. From the moment we walked in we enjoyed it. Our only complaint was the piano player, but luckily he had nothing to do with either the food or the service.

We were given a table overlooking the Tucson Mountains at sunset. Our servers were amazing, gracious and they never hovered.

I ordered the house-made rosemary and mint soda which was wonderful. My caesar salad was simple and fresh, my husband's gazpacho was great -- it also had simple flavors that were crisp.

Our entrees were Idaho trout and Poussin. The trout was exceptional, the poussin was good, but not great. We had caramel macciatto creme brulee.

We highly recommend it and will go back. The sunset alone is worth the price of admission.

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    bitchincook RE: catzen Oct 4, 2012 01:24 PM

    I agree that the ambiance is unbeatable, but the kitchen could do better. Way better.

    On a recent visit I ordered the Lobster Pirogies for a starter. I got two doughy, under-baked crescents filled with less than a tablespoon each of mostly cream cheese.

    My husband had the Vichyssoise. I know that it is supposed to be served chilled, but this was ice cold; a taste literally hurt my teeth. At that frigid temperature, it was difficult to discern any subtle flavors.

    For the main course I ordered the Hacienda Pappardelle. When ordering anything with clams or mussels, you have to place your trust in the kitchen that the shellfish is cooked live. My trust was misplaced. One of the mussels had a shell with a large gouge out of it; no way it was alive when it went into the pot. Two of the clams hadn't opened and should have been culled in the kitchen. As a result, about a quarter of the shellfish served to me was inedible. The pasta was barely better; the noodles had been cooked to the point of being mush.

    My husband fared better with his entree. The Pecan Grilled Pork Chop with white cheddar grits, slaw, grilled peaches and peach barbeque sauce was outstanding. If everything else on the menu measured up to that, the Hacienda del Sol would easily be the finest restaurant in Tucson. As it is, it isn't even close.

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