Eating Tucson – Tucson dining
For whatever reason, I ate out a lot this week, much more than usual.
Here’s the big bite:
Last Sunday I had a craving for a really good sandwich so went to Frankie’s Cheesesteaks. I don’t think you can ever go wrong here as the price is right, the service efficient, and those sandwiches are the best.
I ordered the South Philly chicken sandwich which was made with Red Bone chicken covered with provolone cheese and broccoli rabe. The broccoli was finely chopped then sautéed with garlic and olive oil. Wow! For you non broccoli lovers, it will delete your dislike of broccoli big time. My friend N. had the same thing but with steak.
OMG! The bun’s freshness (buns are flown in from Philly) combined with the melted cheese and garlicky oil essence from the broccoli all melded together like an explosion of flavors blanketed by the softness of the bun.
Of course, then there’s Frankie who oversees it all, to greet everyone like we’re all old friends.
Tuesday, I took my friend P. to lunch. She recently had bones in her foot fused and had been housebound for weeks. This was a big outing for her. She used collapsible medical equipment resembling a scooter to rest her knee and wheeled it along with the rest of her body. It was a better answer than awkward crutches. We went to Sauce because it was nearby.
I don’t think you could ever go wrong at Sauce. For the summer Sauce has a good $20.09 special which includes a salad, a pizza and two glasses of wine. Since it was the middle of the day and I had to go back to work and she was on pain meds, we didn’t opt for the special. I chose one of their salads with turkey, feta, avocado, and corn. P. chose the chicken and broccoli pizza. We decided not to share because I just wanted salad. Her chicken was dry. The helpful waitstaff immediately whisked it away and brought an artichoke/portabella pizza and all was right with the world.
Wednesday night, A. took me to Vero Amore for a belated birthday dinner. I don’t eat too much pizza because of the calories, carbs, and lack of portion control but on the rare occasions that I want it, Vero Amore comes to mind. Their Neapolitan-style pizza is brilliant in its simplicity of using the best ingredients. Here minimalism shines. And for their salads…they are so fresh…I often wonder if staff walks outside to pick the vegetables.
On Friday, I took D. out for her belated birthday. We went to Feast because I had a $25 gift certificate. I love Feast. I think Doug Levy, the chef/owner, is one of Tucson’s top five most creative chefs. We shared a reasonably priced bottle of Torres wine from Argentina. In the summer I have a difficult time enjoying reds so a light white wine hits the spot. We shared fries sprinkled with cinnamon and garlic. Wow! I have never thought to put cinnamon on fries but it was a new taste sensation. We also shared a fried fish sandwich on flatbread with cantaloupe slaw and a grilled onglet (medium rare)* served sliced with berry-glazed onions, lime creme fraiche, mashed potatoes, and haricots verts. The steak plate was a revelation of flavors and textures.
What’s an onglet? According to chowhound, an onglet is hanger steak which looks like a misshapen tenderloin and has a liver-ish flavor to it. According to Wikipedia, hanger steak is a cut of beef steak which is said to hang from the diaphragm of the steer. There is only one hanger steak per animal, and the entire cut typically weighs about 1 to 1.5 lbs Hanger steak is prized for its flavor, and was sometimes known as butcher’s steak because butchers kept this prized meet for themselves.
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