For a long time, we had intended to try Mariscos Chihuahua, but somehow never got around to it. Recently, Ms. Karen’s little brother, Clifford, now 65, called to say that he would be flying into Tucson and could visit with us. Cliff is a pilot for Delta Airlines and occasionally has an overnight layover in Tucson. We took this opportunity to treat the three of us to what is billed as authentic Mexican seafood.
“Mariscos” is Spanish for “seafood”. Chihuahua is the Mexican state immediately east of Sonora, Mexico and south of New Mexico. While Sonora has a sea coast, both Sea of Cortez (aka the Gulf of California) and the Pacific Ocean, Chihuahua is landlocked. Thus, we sensed a misnomer until we read the story behind this restaurant’s name. Sadly this story has been removed from their website.
Mariscos Chihuahua apparently has at least seven locations in Tucson. Only two locations are mentioned on their website. We chose the original one on Grande just south of Speedway.
Upon arrival, the first thing we noticed was that this is a place for informal dining with a definite aura of the oceans. Artists have painted and sculpted seascapes throughout. About the only thing missing was the pungent scent of salt sea air.
As soon as we were seated, fresh chips with salsa arrived at our table. As an unusual bonus fresh limes were also delivered with the chips. YUM! Generally, this is a sign that good things will follow. I really hate going to a Mexican restaurant and having to order chips and salsa. Even worse if the chips are not fresh out of the oven.Read More