February 2013 - Last Labor Day, Ms. Karen & I had lunch at Old Pueblo Grille. If you read my review, you know our meal was disappointing, although the Rattlesnake Eggs were delicious (jalapeno peppers with cream cheese wrapped in bacon). When I write a negative review, I try to go back when management thinks I will have a good experience. So, this is a re-review.
About once a month, my friend Jeff & I dine somewhere I can review a restaurant for the Dining Section. So it was back to the Old Pueblo Grille in the hope that I could write a positive review. I really wish I could. The place was packed, so obviously a lot of Tucsonans think it’s OK. But in all honesty, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it to my friends & family – which is our base criterion for either a four or five saguaro rating.
While waiting for Jeff to arrive, I asked my waiter if the chips were fresh. He said, “Yes sir, they were cooked this morning.” I ordered the chips & salsa … hoping for the best. Last Labor Day, not only were chips stale, but the salsa was bland and decidedly uninteresting. (Apparently they had run out and had to make more on the fly.) The chips came. The good news … the salsa had improved considerably. The bad news … the chips were hardly fresh-out-of-the-oven like we get at El Charro Cafe’(downtown) or Theresa’s Mosaic Cafe (Silverbell & Grant behind the McDonalds). Read More