Our first night on the town my roommate, Cortney, and I went to this nearby restaurant and brewery located a block away from our place of residence in Trolley Square. Trolley Square is a very odd shopping center. It is partly empty and partly filled with the most random selection of stores and companies. From a bookstore selling new, used and antique books, to a yoga studio, to the center for Fantasy Con and more. Needless to say we were both amused and confused whilst exploring there for the first time.
Desert Edge is just around the corner from the main shopping “mall” area, behind Whole Foods. It offers a trendy and relaxed atmosphere that reminds me of one of Tucson’s local breweries – Thunder Canyon.
This is a seat-yourself type place – which definitely threw us when we first entered – and has a lot of options to choose from. There are tables, the bar, and several sections of the restaurant to pick from. I don’t think anyone would have to wait more than 10 minutes on a very busy night to find seating. As it was, on a Friday night and fairly packed, we didn’t see a single group wait for a table.
After our brief confusion and instructions to seat ourselves we picked a spot in the corner that offered plenty of people watching views. The clientele ranged from hipster and lumberjack college students, to young families, and business gentry. The dress was anywhere from casual to business casual and you could make the evening what you wanted.
Now on to the food.
The menu offers very reasonably priced meal options. Nothing over 12 dollars, really. And they also feature a varied Specials menu attached to the back of the normal menu. They offer sandwiches – hot and cold, pasta salad, soup, salad (of course), and “entrées”. Their menu was varied and had options for most moods. They even had several Mexican dishes – tacos, enchiladas, and burritos!
The price of their beers wasn’t too bad either at just under $5 for a pint. And they offer a decent selection!
I ended up getting one of the specials – a Portabello and Fontina Panini with roasted red bell peppers, ????, served with potato chips and house pasta salad. While it all tasted fresh and it was satisfying, it was mind blowing or amazing. It was all simply DECENT. I’m going to try one of their regualr menu items next time. See if that is any better.
While my tongue wasn’t blown away by the food, the atmosphere and price and location will be drawing me back.