Hotrods Old Vailby Tyler Woods on Sep. 18, 2012, under Uncategorized
So the joke goes like this; Two guys walk into a bar, order a shot of tequila and a few beers, get a napkin and write down their idea for a cool restaurant, bar and lounge. They talk about having it like a garage and have mechanics work on cars right where people are dining. Sort of like a one stop shop. Get the punch line? Of course not because there is no punch line, this is how Hotrods was born and what makes them such a popular place, not to mention, look how many local people they employ which helps build our economy.
Today Tucson Biz Beat salutes Hotrods Old Vail. I think Vail and the surrounding areas have been waiting for a good place to eat. In fact, they waited so long that on opening day, there was over 8,000 people. The folks at Hotrods were not expecting this at all. In fact, they had to shut their doors and hire more people and make some adjustments, and that they did. If you ate there when they first opened you may have had a few negative things to say, but today, they are kicking strong and serving happy customers. to hang out for drinks or great food. They are simply different.
I have eaten there on three occasions and have been rather happy each time. On my first visit, I had a salad. It was clearly large enough to feed at least two or three people and I was quite happy with it. The salad was fresh and the ingredients were quality. My second and third time was both burger and fries and it was good. In fact, the double fried fries are the best in town. They were crispy, crunchy on the outside, and moist on the inside. I could just go there and eat these fries, but I doubt my new personal trainer would approve, so I have to be careful. The burger is made of 100% Harris beef. What makes this beef so good is Harris beef is minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients, which made my burger awesome and cooked the way I liked it. Still nothing and I mean nothing could beat the chocolate shake I had. It was simply awesome! Did I say simply awesome? I mean out of this world!
Upstairs is the over 21 bar. It is a nice bar and the view is even nicer. Their drink menu reads like an auto shop. You can have an assortment of drinks like the toolbox or the sparkplug. It has an outdoor patio and the good news is they have a variety of things going on at the bar including karaoke night on Wednesday, bike night on Thursdays, and they are even going to start receptions.
Okay so this sounds like a great joint to eat. They have pizza, pulled pork, salads, steak, burgers, pasta dishes and some fun appetizers, and much much more but what makes this place so unique is their huge garage that overlooks the entire restaurant. You can watch the great old cars they are working on and you can call and have your car worked on. In fact, down the road, they are going to have a “lube pit” sort of building going up so you can get an oil change and a burger all at once. They are also opening a body shop. There are many plans in the making, which also means they are providing jobs for locals.
Manager, Matt, and assistant JJ really have worked hard to bring this new restaurant/bar/garage up to par. They know the first month or so they were getting the kinks out, but I have talked to several people who say they were glad they gave this cool diner and bar another chance because the quality has been great according to customers. They are even open on the weekend for breakfast and Matt bragged about breakfast for a few, which means it must be good. Their prices are comparable a burger and fries are 10 bucks and a shake is 5 bucks.
If you are out by Houghton and Old Vail, it is a great place to have a drink or some great food. The decor is fun and designed to make you feel like you are sitting almost at a racing pit. So today, Tucson Biz Beat salutes Hotrods Old Vail. They have good food and good times at a great location. Now if you don’t mind, I think I will go get a nice shake…errrr that is a salad I mean, yeah that’s it, I am off to get a salad.