Tucson >Blue Willow Restaurant
The Bad Willow. While the food was par, the service was slow, and i felt more like an intruder than a customer. You get over the charm of the gift shop after you've waited for an hour plus in the poorly-ventilated, swamp-cooled, over-priced closet only to be seated by an unprofessional looking hostess that was neither organized or friendly. Once seated, it took 15 minutes to be approached by one person, who passed the drink order on to someone else who got it wrong. There was lettuce on my coffee cup and the food was good, not great- my eggs were sort of soupy and the toast was burnt. I had heard positive things, but after my last experience I don't dare giving this place a second chance.
Nice atmosphere and a good food. I am visiting Tuscon and asked the front desk at the hotel for ideas about a vegetarian restuarant for my wife's palate. The Blue Willow was recommended and we both had a delicious meal. The atmosphere is comfortable and the prices are fair. My only complaint is there seemed to be some confusion who was waiting our table and it took a very long time to get approached...almost to the point I left. Observing other tables, this did not seem the norm so I do not this this is typical. Once a server can to the table, they were pleasant and the food was brought out in a reasonable time. If you have not tried Blue Willow yet and you are from Tuscon, do go, what a treat!
Great vegetarian selections. This is one of my favorite restaurants for breakfast. I no longer live in Tucson but I go out of my way to eat here anytime I am in town. As a vegetarian for many years, I appreciate their wide array of menu choices and they will substitute or add their delicious tofu to most of their dishes. i especially like the the tofu scramble, breakfast burrito and fresh gazpacho. They also have iced herbal peppermint tea that is refreshing in summer.
great signature dishes but service needs work.. Blue willow has a handful of breakfast dishes that are super yummy and the rest is just o.k. The tofu scramble with brown rice and spinach is a favorite. Pancakes are awesome and the very southwestern blue willow special is really good. Coffee is not as bad as the snob from NY posted. Most people go for breakfast but they also have a few dinner items i.e. fish, that are definitely worth trying. Staff is not usually very friendly or on the ball but it's not fine dining so whatever! Great place for breakfast with friends or family.
This cafe serves hearty food, an exceptional range of breakfast goodies, and exquisite chocolate desserts..
The menu lists more kinds of omelets than you have fingers and toes; they're bulky and are accompanied by toast, fruit and your choice of potatoes or rice. Most of the breakfast menu is served throughout the day, which may divert you from substantial lunch and dinner offerings such as quiche, crepes, soup, and vegetable and rice dishes. Don't fill up because you'll need room for dessert; pies and cakes are baked on the premises. On your way out, be sure to stop in the gift shop.
blue willow is cute, but cooks need more training.
this may sound snobby, but after a visit to this place (and others around this fair desert city)
i have reached the conclusion that anyone thinking of opening a restaurant needs to include a nice lengthy, gustatory trip to NY as part of their training. the atmosphere at the blue willow is lovely - especially when it's not too hot and you can sit in their garden - however the food preparation lacks sophistication and the art of making things delicious. for one thing, the coffee always tastes watered down. in this age of starbucks and seattle roasters you would think the blue willow folks would have gotten the message. i love to go out for breakfast, in particular to have a tasty stuffed omelet. the blue willow "chef" used RAW GREEN PEPPERS in an omelette! i was stunned by this and looked at the waitress incredulously. "Has anyone here ever heard the word saute`?"
Best Omletes in Town!. I've been to Blue Willow 4 times, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I can't find anything really bad to say about it! The food is fantastic - the omletes are superb, by far the best in town. For lunch, I recommend the crepes, which are fresh and light. The apple salad is so beautifully plated, and not to mention simply delicious. If you're there in the daylight hours, I say sit on the patio if you can - it's like eating in your home garden. Quaint and charming, will definitely go back!
Great Bakery!. My finace got me an exquisite chocolate cake from Blue Willow for my birthday. A must for any chocolate lover. Excellent desserts! And who cares if it's not children-friendly (as one reviewer said)? Go somewhere that is, if that's the case.
good but not for kids. Not very child friendly or flexible. Very strict on what they offer at what time of day. Few choices for children from the adult menu and no child's menu. They do have good food overall and we enjoy our visit but can't bring our youngest child. Nice for outdoor eating.
Splended. This is an excellent place for a Sunday brunch with family or friends. The outdoor dining is quite the plus. The food is good, the service is good and the atmosphere is wonderful. Also a good place for health nuts.
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