Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dairy Queen, Fairgrounds and Hot Rods

Made the pickup at the airport and rolled south anxious to get out of town... Phoenix... Denver... Las Vegas... it makes little difference... Such places don't fit by boots.

Grabbed a blizzard at the Dairy Queen in Picacho... you know... to fuel the sorting out of a decision of where to spend the night. The goal was the Pima County Fair Grounds, but the time being what it was, and the distance to go, it was gonna put us in there after dark...

... considering that they usually back the rigs in utilizing some butter and a crow bar... I didn't really want to get there after dark and add that handicap to the mix!

Buuuuuut... I finally said to hell with it... didn't really feel like walmarting it... so we went on, and lucked out with a clear space to easily back into... and only took a 1/4 pound of butter to grease the way.

By now it was past seven. The refrigerator was only cooling four bottles of beer and the cupboard only held a couple cans of beans, some tomato soup four packages of Ramen and a 1/4 bottle of syrup... so wanting something better we went to find somebody else that was cooking...

Found a place to eat, just on the other side of the interstate... A place called Hot Rods out on Old Vail Road just east of Houghton road in Tucson.



Picture a restaurant, pub, custom auto shop... and motorcycle shop...and a general service shop all rolled into one...

Inside there's a #18 Nascar by the front door... and a restaurant/bar/auto shop... it's Really pretty cool. You sit where you can look out into part of their shop as they work on and restore all sorts of vehicles...



*view from a table in Hot Rods*
The bikers have a shop there to keep them happy as well...

*Some of the bikes at Hot Rods*
I "borrowed" this pic off their website...

I don't think they'll mind. ;)

I read some of the reviews... and as usual... they run from loved it to Meh...

Me? I liked it. We had a pizza, and a really good "Craft" kind of beer off the Tap... The manager came by and we talked for quite a while... While the waiter didn't wipe my face or kiss my cheek... he did his job. The Pizza, a chicken/BBQ/ green peppers and onion mix... Was Excellent to my taste.

The place was sparkling clean and all the staff was cheerful and doin' what you expect 'em to.

We got out for fifteen bucks and I had enough to eat so considering the times, I can't complain.

I will be back...If you're a motor head check out their website in that link above and give 'em a try next time you pass by.

edit* Oh, and I forgot to mention, she saw it. I don't pay any attention to such things... but for those that need it they apparently have Gluten Free options for you as well...

Back at Work in the Fairgrounds
Brian

5 comments:

Pleinguy said...

Sounds like a nifty place to eat. And, I love pizza. Bought my rig in Tucson last March. Must go back there sometime. Take care.

Roland Johnson said...

Brian,
I think I saw that place on the "Diners and Dives" TV show. Anyhow, sounds like a good place. It's now on my try-it-out list.
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Fred said...

Can you tell me the best time to come out there to see the wildflowers, some where around Tuscan and Phoenix? Too early now isn't it?

Brian said...

Fred; I want to say Late February and into March... if there's been much rain... this has been a pretty dry winter... not sure what kind of flowers there will be this year.

http://seethesouthwest.com/2507/top-10-places-to-see-spring-wildflowers-in-arizona/