With only four restaurants left in Caliente’s Salsa Madness competition, it is easy to see which eateries have been rallying their legions of fans.
All four finalists won by 50 votes or more. Three out of the four won by more than 100.
Martín’s Comida Casera continued to represent North Fourth Avenue as it dominated over Boca Tacos Y Tequila on East Speedway.
Olé Mexican Grill in Tucson’s northwest dashed the hopes of BK Carne Asada & Hotdogs, taking the local Sonoran dog chain down on its unwavering march to potential salsa victory.
Molina’s Midway on North Belvedere Avenue bested El Minuto, the last restaurant standing downtown, while Poco & Mom’s steamrolled Teresa’s Mosaic Café this week, clinching the last spot.
Poco & Mom’s, open for 11 years, six of them at its current South Kolb Road location, serves a chunky red salsa with its chips and as a side with meals.
Barbara Sullivan, head server and assistant manager, said Poco’s salsa has 14 different ingredients, with an emphasis on Hatch green chiles from New Mexico.
Owner Lori Sisemore and her daughter Kim Rifici opened the restaurant as an homage to New Mexican cuisine. Its name refers to Kim’s great-grandparents, who lived in Silver City.
Sullivan said the Hatch chiles give Poco’s salsa a unique flavor and an added kick.
“People love it,” she said. “We have customers who go through bowls of it.”
Sullivan, who has worked for the restaurant for more than nine years, said Poco & Mom’s has a loyal following, many of whom have been happy to vote for the restaurant’s salsa.
“We’ve always said that we have the best customers in Tucson,” she added.