Meet the Chef: Juan Virgen, Pescado Felizby Elsa Nidia Barrett on Jun. 14, 2006, under Local, Taste
Address and phone: 840 E. Fort Lowell Road, 624-0409
Hours: 10 a.m-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
The new Pescado Feliz specializes in Mexican seafood. Juan Virgen, who simply describes himself as “head cook” is from Guadalajara, Jalisco. He has been a cook for 10 years in various Mexican seafood restaurants. The Tucson Citizen recently interviewed him in Spanish.
Question: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Tucson area and why?
Answer: La Parrilla Suiza – because the food is very authentic (Mexican City-style).
Question: What’s your favorite dish to prepare and why?
Answer: Filete Relleno de Mariscos – because of all the stuff that goes in the dish: fish, shrimp, abalone, mushrooms, cheese, salsa gravy. And it is all steamed.
Question: What’s your favorite dish to eat?
Answer: Todo! (Everything!) But especially pescado frito (fried fish).
Question: In your opinion, what’s unique about the restaurant scene in Tucson compared to other cities?
Answer: There’s such a huge variety of restaurants. You can find anything from Italian to Japanese to Vietnamese.
Question: What’s your favorite or most-used kitchen gadget?
Answer: My eight knives.