Do you get in a rut when the issue is dining out? Find yourself going to the same two or three places? (Maybe two or three options represents wide variability for you?)
I have struggled with this issue—well, “struggled” surely overstates the matter, for this is definitely a First World problem, and a First Worlder for “upper–middles” and above—and have no solutions. I have thought about an old-fashioned app, a piece of paper for my car with a list of options in different parts of town, but I have been thinking about that list for two decades and it remains non-existent.
Alas, several weeks ago Tucson Weekly published its 100 Essential Dishes list. It was a fun read, and I kept meaning to do something with it. Several pages, though, and part of a 60-80 page newspaper, so it sat on my desk. Finally, I went through it, made an Evernote file, and I now have a list of what are, for me, “must try” plates. Here they are:
Fishy Pig Taco from Gio Taco
The Blake from Diablo Burger
Roasted Bone Marrow from Penca
The Cura, a pizza from Falora
The grilled cheese stack from 47 Scott
Carne Asada Tacos from El Guero Canelo
Shrimp Cocktail from Sinaloa Restaurant
Frickles from Good Oak Bar
Gyro Plate at Zayna
Caramelo Al Pastor from BK’s
Messy Fries from Brushfire BBQ
Any pizza from Dry River Company
Pho from Miss Saigon
None of these places are on my “regulars” list. Are they for anyone else? Any other “must try” dishes or restaurants? I welcome all input, and I’m sure my readers do to.
And as for the Supreme Court, which usually makes an appearance on Tuesdays? Stay tuned. The term should end by the end of the month, and we still await Hobby Lobby, a big-deal case on recess appointments, First and Fourth Amendment cases, etc.
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