Metro Car Wash's meticulous technicians and loaded wash and detail packages have earned them the back-to-back title of Tucson Weekly's Best Car Wash in 2011 and 2012. Determined to make both Metro Car Wash locations stand apart from faceless car-washing chains, owners Craig and Sean strive to add personal touches to both locations. To that end, the Speedway facility is known for its outdoor track where customers can observe their car during a wash and croon it soothing lullabies to calm its nerves. The owners and staff have also built a community partnership program to donate a portion of their funds to nonprofit organizations each quarter.
Cool Auto owner Michael Moreno first opened shop at age 9, when he detailed his brother's 1968 Camaro and was paid with a bag of chips and a six-pack of root beer. Today, the longtime Tucson resident has expanded the business to include a staff of 22 full-time employees who detail about 8,600 cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans every year, pulling in almost as many chips and root beers as the World Bank can hold. Detailing technicians sanitize rides with grease removals from engines and auto bodies, clay-bar and waxing rubdowns, and steam cleaning of undercarriages, axles, and suspensions. They apply the same attention to detail inside cars, lifting soda stains and pulling out ground-in dirt with extractors. They can even protect leather upholstery from wear and sun damage with shine-boosting conditioning. To make sure the car smells nice, the techs use puffs of ozone to banish stubborn odors from car cabins.
Rita Ranch Car & Dog Wash's descriptive moniker barely scrapes the service of a multifaceted business that offers everything from onsite storage and moving supplies to automotive detailing and glass repair. Self-serve washing stations clean up cars with an arsenal of vacuums, shampoos, and hoses, and automatic washes employ a spot-free rinse and a high-velocity blower to clean, polish, and sufficiently annoy autos without actually touching them. Three grooming stations re-fluff canine coats with 86-degree water, pet-friendly toiletries, and free playtime tennis balls. Moving truck rentals and onsite storage with 24-hour security indulge nomadic urges, and an auto-glass repair center aids windshields damaged by errant debris or hand-chiseled wiper blades.
20/20 Auto Glass restores optimal vision to drivers across Tucson with high-performance window tints and expert glass repair. Traveling directly to homes and offices or servicing vehicles right in their shop, the crew stops the sun from obstructing vision or melting candy jewelry with three varieties of SunTek tints. Meanwhile, cracked, chipped, and completely busted windshields and windows receive new life with the shop’s glass replacement and repair services. The helpful 20/20 crew is on-hand to assist customers throughout every step of each service, from selecting the correct product to answering installation questions.
The chefs at El Coqui Puerto Rican Restaurant transport taste buds to the Caribbean’s crystalline shores via an authentic menu of homemade Puerto Rican dishes. Tasting tandems can opt for a starter of shrimp ceviche or plantain-crusted crab cakes; quartets clink cups and peg legs before submerging into the caribbean seafood platter’s panoply of crab cakes, calamari, and fish bites. Situated atop a caribbean root puree, the volcano’s crags of churrasco and skirt steak erupt with a flavor explosion of white-wine sauce, sautéed shrimp, and mushrooms, which may sumptuously spill over into a neighboring bowl of spanish rice and seafood-studded paella. Signature mofongo dishes season mashed fried green plantains with garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings and pair them with a choice of chicken, fried pork, or seafood before sweet servings of coconut pudding, chocolate flan, and crème brûlée cap the culinary cruise.