Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona on August 7, 2008 · Page F022
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Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona · Page F022

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Please dish about local restaurants We're always looking for the latest news about Tucson restaurants. Send your tips to calienteazstarnet.com. More Tucson dining online Tucson restaurants Read our full list of where, and what, to eat in Tucson, visit go.aznightbuzz.com listings. Restaurant review search search by what you're craving and part of town: go.azstarnet.com restaurants. TT Ranch fries from Eegee's won Caliente's online Food Fight, drawing praise from lots of readers. EEGEE'S GETS PILES OF PRAISE WISE ABOUT FRIES By Gerald M. Gay GGAYAZSTARNET.COM Eegee's has been hailed as having the fry to try in our latest Food Fight. The local fast-food chain, with 21 locations all over town, started as a vending truck business specializing in frozen fruit drinks, in 1971. Today, you can find an Eegee's in just about any neighborhood. Its ranch fries, a pile of crispy fries covered in ranch dressing and bacon bits, were a particular favorite among the contributors to this contest, which drew more than 175 comments. "When I used to work for Eegee's in high school, I used to make a ranch fry, well-done, with shredded cheese, jalapenos with extra bacon bits on top," said Kevin Davies, 19, now a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. "A heart attack on a j TT- , ; J' ' -J " - M. , INGER SANDAL ARIZONA DAILY STAR Luke's Italian Beef also had a strong showing in the contest. Shown is a Chicago Dog, where the fries and dog are wrapped together in wax paper. plate, but you have not lived until you've tried one." Pat's and Luke's Two other homegrown favorites also had strong showings. Pat's Drive-In, the drive-up classic at 1202 W. Niagara St., had many a fry fan taking a stroll down memory lane. "I love the fries at Pat's," said ANGELA PITTENGER ARIZONA DAILY STAR George Camacho, 30, a deputy constable. The food stop first opened its doors in 1962. "I can remember being a kid, sitting in front of Pat's with fries and a root beer. It was absolute heaven." And Rene Lomeli, 24, swore that Pat's french fries were actually "deep fried in the spit of the gods." "A fry at Pat's can only be described as something akin to a religious experience that will bring your mind, stomach and soul a little bit closer to becoming one with the universe," he said. Luke's Italian Beef, with several locations including one at 101 E. Fort Lowell Road, also took in piles of praise. "My wife is originally from Chicago, and she turned me on to Luke's," said Mike Collins, a 50-year-old software tester and self -proclaimed computer geek.

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