In Part I of our List of the 10 Best Margaritas in Tucson, we reviewed the cocktails of lo Esencial and Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Our next tastings were Downtown, starting at Agustin Kitchen in the Mercado, then on to the Tap Room at Hotel Congress, and finally to El Charro Café in the Presidio District.
On this Saturday afternoon, Ms. Karen & Ms. Rosemary joined me.
The first piece of interesting news as we sat ourselves down at the bar was that Chef Ryan Clark is no longer at Agustin Kitchen. Circling back a month to the press release on Mr. Clark’s departure, I assume from the “everybody’s happy” verbiage, that the owners wanted him gone in the worst way. Mr. Clark was not only the chef, but also a business partner. The buyout must have been expensive.
Sally Kane has taken over Chef Clark’s place as chef and business partner. Ms. Kane is chef and part owner of The Coronet at 9th Street and 4th Avenue. I’ve dined there and could not find anything on her menu I could get enthusiastic about. Some folks like her dishes. I’m just not one of them. Thus, I have recused myself from writing a dining review of Coronet which is popular in some taste circles. Here’s hoping that changes in the menu at the Kitchen are more to my taste.Read More