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Sir Veza’s Taco Garage

January 12, 2010

You know what bugs me?  When I go to a place I know I’m going to write about and don’t take a single picture.  I should really know by now that people like their pics – even when they’re snapped on my Blackberry.  I’ll try to do better in the future, I promise.

So it’s late and this is going to be quick.  Sir Veza’s has been getting quite a bit of buzz lately, so you’ve probably already heard at least something about it. Ok, here’s what I liked:

  • Lowrider lounge in the back.  Ask to see it.  It was pointed out to me that the tables are lower than they look, though…
  • Thai taco was better than I expected.  So was the birria one, for that matter.
  • Really nice, thin flour tortillas.  Usually I prefer thick corn tortillas (like at Taqueria Pico de Gallo), but these were light and enjoyable.
  • Work from local artists all over the place.
  • $2.00 Tecates on Tuesdays (along with $2 Thai tacos & $2 Teaquilas – no, I don’t know what that is)
  • Outgoing servers – a couple of rough spots here, but I think that’ll improve over time.
  • Shop rags as napkins
  • 17 kinds of tacos, including: an Italian version with sausage & marinara, a chicken club taco, bacon shrimp taco, a few others that go beyond the typical taco idea, and all the standard kinds that you’d expect.
  • The menus all have different pictures on them, and they feature cars owned by folks from right here in Tucson.

What didn’t I like?  Not much.  The restaurant opens onto Speedway so there was a lot of traffic noise, but hey, it’s car-themed so what do you expect?

I’ll definitely go back, and not just on Thursday for the broadcast.  I’m looking forward to trying more than just the two tacos I had tonight!

If you’ve been, I’d love to hear what you thought about it!

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EDIT 1/13/10:  It looks like their website is back up and running at sirvezas.com.  It was having some issues last night when I wrote this.  You can see the full menu there if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.

Kevin (TFD)

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 11:29 am

    Gracias FOOD DUDE!
    You rock harder than a trip up A-Mountain!

    We have pics on our Facebook! Look us up under Sir Veza’s!

    Soon we will have more posted on our website at http://www.sirvezas.com

    Today’s Taco: Shredded BBQ Chicken !

    • January 13, 2010 2:50 pm

      Thanks! Turns out I’ll be back again for lunch tomorrow – see you then!
      Kevin

  2. January 13, 2010 3:47 pm

    Come by after 4 for our Tucson Values Teachers event… Good times~!

    • January 13, 2010 4:01 pm

      I will be back after four – I’m broadcasting live with Matt Russell! Check it: http://tucsonfooddude.com/2010/01/11/back-on-the-air/

      See you then!
      Kevin

  3. January 13, 2010 4:35 pm

    My husband and I had lunch there on Sunday. Not only was it busy with people from all walks of life, but all ages, from 9 months up to a couple in there 80’s.
    I had the “Hog Wild” taco trio and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked all 3, because I’m pretty much a 1 style taco lover. My husband isn’t crazy about Mexican food but he honestly was raving about the “garage steak” tacos and couldn’t stop talking about the decor.
    The service was exceptional, the prices reasonable.
    Will we return… yes.

    • January 13, 2010 5:02 pm

      It sounds like you had a great experience! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed pretty much everything about your visit.

      So far, all the feedback I’ve heard has been pretty positive. Keep it up, Sir Veza’s!

      Kevin

  4. January 13, 2010 8:50 pm

    Husband and I were there a couple of weeks ago. Love the vibe of the place, and of COURSE the birria is good–this is owned by the El Charro family dynasty. You didn’t mention the TV’s all over the place, which makes it a sports bar/Mexican restauant/theme restaurant all rolled into one. Like you I loved the oil rag-napkins. And our servers were absolutely excellent. I think the El Charro family does a particularly fine job of training the wait staff.

    • January 13, 2010 10:09 pm

      Hi Vera –

      Thank you for your comment! I’m so pleased that people seem to really be enjoying Sir Veza’s. It can be so difficult to live up to the buzz, but they seem to be doing a pretty good job of it. And you’re totally right that I didn’t mention all of the TVs. There definitely are a lot of them, but they don’t seem to be that intrusive.

      There is one thing about your comment that I’m going to disagree with, though. The last three times I went to El Charro’s downtown location the service was really bad. I’m a pretty forgiving guy, but it was bad enough for me to swear off of them. I’ve had good service at both the eastside and northwest locations, but downtown is off my radar now.

      Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts, and keep me posted on other great spots around town!

      Kevin

  5. Matt Russell permalink
    January 14, 2010 11:26 am

    Chopper Shrimp Tacos! Chopper Shrimp Tacos. It’s been two days since my last Chopper Shrimp Taco. Must. Get. More. Today!

    • January 14, 2010 1:59 pm

      And I’m pretty sure that you will, Matt! And so might I, for that matter…

      See you in a few hours!

      Kevin

  6. Stacey permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:38 am

    Hmm… glad to see the positive comments as it must mean that things have improved since I tried Sir Veza’s. We went there in late December – admittedly, right after they had opened – and were extremely disappointed. The atmosphere is fun and lively and the food was pretty good, but our service was terrible and it took FOREVER to get our food. When the specialty of the house is supposed to be tacos and you order, er, tacos, it doesn’t seem like it should take more than an hour for them to arrive at your table, particularly when the restaurant isn’t even full! (And TucsonFoodDude, I have to agree with you about the Downtown El Charro – I love the food and atmosphere down there but the service is usually incredibly slow. I now pick Guadalajara Grill over El Charro any day…)

    • February 3, 2010 8:58 am

      Hey Stacey,

      You’re actually the second person to tell me about some issues with the service at Sir Veza’s. It sounds like things may have improved since you were there in December, but they may still have some work to do on consistency. If you go back, tell us if you had a different experience!

      Thanks for the comment!
      Kevin

  7. Thom Melendez permalink
    February 4, 2010 3:42 pm

    I would like to share my experience with Sir Veza. I really like the decor and I was pleased that prior to my friends arriving, the waitress turned down the music at my request. It stinks to have a hearing deficit and try to eat in a place where it feels like a concert.
    In regards to the food, I was completely underwhelmed. I had the steak burrito with everything on it. When the waitress brought the food she warned me about the hot plates. The plate was the only thing hot in front of me. I also asked for no black beans. I should have been specific no beans at all as my burro was full of beans.

    I have to be honest, I am not a fan of El Charro. I think the service there is poor (snotty at times) and the quality of food has declined since I would go there with my parents when I was a kid. Unfortunately, they get lots of tourists who aren’t exposed to some of the other really great mexican restaurants in Tucson.
    I hope Sir Veza’s can turn it around as it really is a cool place to “be in” and has lots of potential.

    • February 4, 2010 3:49 pm

      Thom,
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry to hear about your issues with the food – and sounds like there were some service problems as well. I’m starting to hear about more problems at Sir Veza’s over the last couple of weeks. I wonder what’s going on over there…

      And as for El Charro, well, I think I made my feelings about the service at their downtown location pretty clear. But I don’t think they’re feeling any pressure to address service problems – not with they lines they have every night.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Kevin

  8. roberto permalink
    June 15, 2010 1:08 pm

    I went there to watch the mexico vs south africa game, loved the feel and the decor, it was advertised on 97.1 MIA, once we were seated and started ordering food and drinks after a while watching the game the waitress informed us that there was a $10 cover charge per person, we asked why we had to pay and they told us that if we did not we had to leave, I never been to a restarant that charges customers for a table, $10 is not a lot of money but its in very bad taste to charge customers once you have order your food, I did not eat my food since it left a VERY bad taste in my mouth from the service, wanting to make a quick buck on the customers is just WRONG, will never go back to that place

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