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Ranked #291 of 2,208 Restaurants in Tucson
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

What potential! Creative design, fun esthetic, mixture of games, art, comfy chairs, metal work, on and on. Good quick knowledgeable servers, accommodating management (out of a food item so they comped another choice - all without asking). Lots of parking but the place is busy every night so go with the flow. You can eat inside, which is noisy, or on the patio by the games, and TV’s. This is a place for fun and food.. Unfortunately the food was a huge disappointment.
Korean Brussels sprouts were good; however every other appetizer was tasteless: deviled eggs; hummus; Brie (and strawberries) could not have been Brie it must have been substituted; strawberries were so sugared it tasted like a pie; beets were okay but soft cheese was tasteless. One out of 6 appetizers had real flavor. Ordered a mojito. It tasted like watered down lemonade, all ice with pieces of mint and lime on top. Obviously, the bartender doesn’t know how to fix the drink. Go taste the mojito at the AZ Inn and learn how to prepare the drink. Then ordered a glass of white wine. It can room temp - I didn’t finish it.

This place has solid potential. Attention to food and bar details will make it amazing... I’ll be back once more to try again.

1  Thank Judith D
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We're fans of the Sam Fox restaurants in Tucson and Phoenix (Arrogant Butcher, Wildflower, Zin Burger), so we were looking forward to see what the newest one was like. But we found it to be such a disappointing experience before we ever got seated, well after our reservation, that we gave up.

We made a reservation for 6:15, and got there a few minutes early. Parking was difficult (as we had been warned), though we eventually found a place in the back of their lot. The interior was packed, befitting a restaurant with good food, but the noise level from the unpadded walls and ceilings was less like a restaurant and more reminiscent of an overpacked club on a weekend night -- conversation was only possible by leaning over and shouting in each other's ear. By the time 6:35 rolled around, 20 minutes after our reservation and 30 minutes after we checked in, when all the people who had been waiting when we came in (and a few more) had been seated, we gave up and went to the restaurant across the street. It turns out they hadn't completely lost track of us. A little more than 10 minutes later (30 minutes after the original reservation), we got a text on the phone that they were ready to seat us.

Maybe we should have been more patient. Maybe we should have harrassed the hostess a little. Maybe they had a crush they hadn't planned for, in which case they might have told us they couldn't honor the reservation.

But we did have a nice dinner, albeit not at the restaurant we expected.

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1  Thank ANSMET4
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We started with the soft pretzel bites and cheese fondue and Wow, we were so happy.

Are main meals were the ribs, the meatloaf, sirloin tacos and fish & chips. Everyone was extremely happy and enjoyed their meals so much.

The inside was so much fun, to watch people play ping pong and corn hole games was really neat. Even though it was super crowded our server never missed a beat. The restaurant is fun, engaging and makes it a “must try” location.

Thank Mon-ValleyGuy
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We dined here last night with family. We were seated promptly and greeted by our waiter (identified here as "M.") The beer selection has something for every taste, the pretzel balls with melted cheese were *too* delicious and our entrees (burger, tuna salad and chicken salad) were excellent. My only suggestion/complaint was that our waiter had very poor communication skills. The place is very noisy and he was unable to project his voice in order to be heard. He also gave a very glib/condescending answer to my question about their happy hour schedule. Other than the waiter, the evening was satisfactory.

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Thank Sarakay53
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I love the Velvet Death cocktail and stop by when I'm in that area of town just to have it and the balsamic crusty bread. Love it so much! The Korean Brussels Spouts are also great. I used to get the Cheap House Salad with Buttermilk Ranch, along with the Crusty Bread for lunch, but the last time I went in it wasn't the same. The portion was tiny and they must have been out of the buttermilk ranch. : ( Going to attach a photo of the "before" version of the Cheap House Salad.

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Thank Farrell R
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