Tacos and Troubadours

In a nutshell:

  • It’s OK if your boyfriend won’t serenade you, we found someone who will!
  • No such thing as too many appetizers at La Chingada Cocina Mexicana

Saguaro Sam:

The same night that Lucy and I completed the Haiku Hike we decided to check out ANOTHER new Tucson event… Troubadour Thursdays.  I’m hoping this one becomes an annual Tucson Spring tradition. It involves a troubadour traveling to multiple Tucson restaurant patios to serenade guests over dinner. I don’t know about you, but I sure have missed live music during this pandemic. Troubadour Thursdays offers a much needed opportunity to experience live music outdoors in smaller, socially-distanced settings (and eat some stellar food in the process).

We chose to try a new Tucson restaurant called La Chingada Cocina Mexicana.  The boyfriend and I were curious as to just how dirty/inappropriate the restaurant name was, we got different answers depending on who we asked.  Either way, I do love a good use of the F word so this restaurant started off with automatic bonus points. 

We made a reservation but because our party was on the larger side (7) we ended up having to sit inside, rather than on the patio.  We ordered an unruly amount of fried appetizers (a great start to any night). Birria nachos and multiple types of mini chimichangas filled the table. We enjoyed the fried food over fun conversations with friends. 

I didn’t order an Agua Fresca and I still regret it to this day… they looked amazing! Lucy got the Mazapan Horchata and her S.O. got the Agua de Sandia. (Watermelon with a tajin rim… so good!) 

Even though most of us felt full after our drinks/appetizers we powered through and ordered dinners as well. Everyone loved their dishes, which ranged from enchiladas to chile rellenos to soups. 

La Chingada had a fun atmosphere. It was a little on the loud side so by the time we had finished and paid our bills (without noticing any performances) I was convinced we had missed the Troubadour. I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with our Troubadour-less Troubadour Thursday. Then, just as we stepped out into the cool night air, we saw him approaching… THE TROUBADOUR! We hadn’t missed the performance after all! We ended our evening on a high note, figuratively and literally. (I had to.) Go check out Troubadour Thursdays in downtown Tucson while you still have a chance… it’s great fun.

Lucy’s notes:

  • If you want to eat at a different restaurant/bar but you’re still interested in catching the troubadour tour, check out this link for a more detailed list of musical stops!
  • If you want to follow in our footsteps and eat La Chingada Cocina Mexicana while you listen to the troubadour, consider bringing just ONE other person with you so that you can sit out on the patio and better enjoy the music!
  • As Sam mentioned, we were in a party of seven at the restaurant and we all ordered different plates…. and I must reiterate that EVERY PLATE was SO DAMN GOOD.

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