by Rich and Ann Bates
Lodge on the Desert, located at 306 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Happy Hour available from 4 – 6 p.m., with complimentary lived cooked mussels Friday & Saturday.
This is the real deal and can certainly be used for families, as the several times we have been there families have been abundant, enjoying themselves either indoors or on the pleasant covered and heated patio. There are many finds here that are half-off the bar food menu.
Prices listed are for Happy Hour:
The Daily Double Check Beef Burger with a locally baked bun (we think it has to be from Alejandro’s(!), thin cut Lodge fries and a Lodge jalapeno ketchup ($6).
Crispy Cornmeal Calamari with tobacco onions, spicy jalapenos, Lodge grilled lemon cocktail sauce ($6)… these are excellent!
Salt Springs Mussels “Nopales” with grilled prickly pear cactus, Lodge chorizo, winter lentils and roasted garlic in a smoked tomato-cilantro broth ($6.50)… there is no reason to look for anything better than this dish!
Foie Gras Creme Brulée is La Belle Farm’s foie gras in a paté custard with a brulée pistachio dust, 5-onion jam and served with garlic toast ($7.50)… most unusual and served with such style.
Pulled Pork Tacos (3) is the Lodge’s overnight roasted pork with a grilled tomatillo salsa, cabbage, cotija and served with grilled lime ($4)… amazing tastes here.
Other choices include Crispy Fried Chicken Wings ($4.50), made to order Shrimp Cocktail ($5), made to order guacamole ($4), as well as charcuterie plates that range from $3 – $4.25 that are not included on the Happy Hour list. Beverages are premium wells ($4), draft beers ($3.50), selected drinks ($4) and margaritas ($5).
The other spot is Poco & Mom’s Restaurant located at 1060 S. Kolb, Tucson.
This place has been recommended by the Gillette Clan and one Saturday morning we took them up on it, only to find some of the clan members already there! And, can we see why. This “institution” is closed Mondays, open Tuesday – Friday from6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday7 a.m. – 2 p.m. The recommendation would be to get here early, as there might be a wait with maybe 15 indoor tables.
We have only been to a breakfast, but we are looking forward to adding this to our list of places to take out-of-towners as well as for family. This is one of “those places” where you just intuitively know it is going to be good… and, it is!
Our breakfasts were carne asada that included heaps of the shredded, wonderful meat, along with beans and tortillas and coffee for $6.79. Offered at the same price was the Santa Fe breakfast with a red chile beef on blue tortillas served with rice, hash browns and tortillas, along with Poco and Mom’s own salsa. What a way to start the day!
They also offer breakfast burritos and tacos; lunches and dinners branch out to tacos, tostadas, and chicken tortilla soup as well as a green chile pork stew. And, do save room for a sopapilla! This place is a real find.