It was a Friday in Mid-October when Neighbor Roy & I decided to go to Kingfisher, an old time restaurant on Grant Road in Tucson known especially for its fresh fish. Roy said he had been here years ago when it was the Iron Mask Restaurant. Back then it included a suit of armor in the entry way. Roy also told me the interior had been remodeled and was now more open. The walls were lined with art, mostly local, contemporary photography. Very pleasant.
I had made a reservation through Open Table and we were seated right away in a booth. A server poured water and said a waitress would be right with us. She was. She took our drink orders. As usual, Roy ordered Earl Grey, hot. I ordered a white wine: Tangent 2016, Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley ($10).
When our tea and wine were brought to our table we also ordered fresh bread.
The lunch menu is somewhat shorter than the dinner menu, but perfectly adequate for our purposes. We had our choice of oyster, shrimp, scallop, mussel and trout dishes, but passed.
Roy ordered their grilled fish sandwich: a white fish with cilantro pesto • poblano • red peppers • white cheddar • shoestring fries • slaw ($13).
I ordered fish & chips: Alaskan cod • beer batter • tartar sauce • malt vinegar • big fries • slaw ($17).
We didn’t have to wait very long for our meals to arrive. When they came, I noticed that Roy’s fish sandwich was very large, definitely full meal. My beer battered fish was perfectly cooked, not at all greasy as is often the case with fish & chips in Tucson. Roy and I agreed that our French fries were very good and our cold slaw was even better.
All in all, a very satisfying meal. We give Kingfisher five-saguaros: Excellent.
Kingfisher Bar & Grill
2564 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
Monday – Friday: 11am – Midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 5pm – Midnight