Model-turned-restaurateur Suzana Davila gives locals and visitors a taste of the complex flavors of southern Mexico at this funky and popular cafe ... More
Cafe Poca Cosa
Model-turned-restaurateur Suzana Davila gives locals and visitors a taste of the complex flavors of southern Mexico at this funky and popular cafe inside the historic Clarion Santa Rita Hotel. Just take a look at the many international articles and awards that line the walls and you'll know that you're in for an exciting culinary adventure. Vibrant Mexican colors abound with just about every wall a different bright hue. Lunches are USD8-USD10; dinners, USD14-18.
I ate lunch here on a recent Saturday. The food is only average, but they put too much food on the plate, which makes for a sloppy presentation. My pastel de pollo had a whole bay leave in it! There was also a large bowl of beans, a large bowl of rice (which had corn in it), and a basket of tortillas (which was odd, given the pastel was made of layered tortillas). There was more than enough food for two people. When the waiter cleared my table, he asked how I liked my meals, I said there was too much food. He asked "Was I complaining?"; I responded, to his surprise, yes, and that it was wasteful to serve food that way. My bill was $14.05; I gave him a $20, and he asked if I wanted change. I said yes, and it took over ten minutes to get the change.
The menu changes daily.
The waiter brings a chalkboard to your table and overwhelms you with rehearsed descriptions which are meaningless. You take your best guess and order, or just get the chef’s surprise and they pick it for you. There are no tacos, tamales, or enchiladas anywhere on this menu.
Prices run from $20-$30 per plate.
If you like non-traditional eclectic places, this may be for you. If you like traditional Mexican food, pick another restaurant!
Best 'mexican' food in Tucson or anywhere
Everything is market fresh, innovative, and very yummy, perfectly prepared.
the food and smart service rival anything found in foody meccas like Sonoma County, California
Go for Lunch and order the agua fresca of the day
leave the kids at home
I have to admit, the food was pretty good, but that is almost immediately neutralized by the snooty staff and owner. I love Mexican food and had heard a lot about Cafe Poca Casa and wanted to try it. The first time I went with my whole family (daughter -8 son -6). I know that sometimes that can be inappropriate, but I went at 5:00 PM, which should still be doable. From the moment I walked in the door I could sense the unwelcome feeling. We were ushered to a table fed as quickly as possible and sent on our way. I decided to try it again without the kid factor with just my wife and myself. Once again, I felt that the staff was snooty and that I should be honored to be served by them. The hostess looked great, almost too great. She took a long time to give us any attention even though we had a reservation and nobody else was there. She seemed to find things to do throughout the restaurant to avoid helping us. Once again, the food was good, but the experience and romanticism of the evening was ruined by the staff. Let me just say that I am a very presentable person and my wife as well with impeccable manners so appearance and dress was not the problem here. Just bad service and rude staff.
The originality and constantly changing menu make this the place to eat in Tucson. The staff are amazingly knowledgable and super-friendly. Always a great meal and experience. We go every time we are in town.
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