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Tucson restaurant news:burgers, sushi,Asian market

Tucson restaurant news – burgers, Asian market, sushi, farmers markets

 Coming new week: Monkey Burger
That name gives me the heebie jeebies. Monkey Burger was supposed to be Burger City but something happened. Burger City used to be downtown at ArtFare and it was really good when it was open but although they posted long hours late into the night, often it was closed by 6:30 p.m. Sad. I called Burger City the poor man’s Zinburger and that was a compliment. 

Anyway Monkey Burger opens where Intermezzo used to be in Williams Centre; the interior is oddly shaped. It will be open every day from 11 a.m. starting November 23 at 5350 East Broadway Blvd.  Hopefully the website will post the menu and prices soon. Any restaurant that opens in this economy should be commended.

There’s a Monkey Business Eatertainment in Marana but no connection.

Coming this month, maybe
Lee Lee Oriental Supermart is still being talked about on Chowhound but when it’s coming, is anybody’s guess. When it does come, it will be located at 1990 W. Orange Grove. A call to the Peoria location said it was going to open by the end of the month but they also said that in September and October. Lee Lee has won the Phoenix New Times Best Asian Market for a few years running.

RA RA
I don’t tout chain restaurants too often but I must say that I do enjoy and patronize RA Sushi. They have one of the best happy hours in Tucson where you can get half priced sushi and some discounted drinks served by top-notch service. Currently, they have a new menu which I was privvy to taste last night at a media dinner and I was impressed as were most of the people at the table. I recommend trying the RA llipop-tuna, salmon, yellowtail, spicy tuna mix, lettuce, asparagus and cucumber, wrapped in  Asian radish and served skewered with a garlic ponzu sauce and the RA chips & salsa-spicy tuna tartare mixed with cucumber, avocado, and fresh salsa, served with wonton chips.

Farmers Market News
Thursday, Nov. 19 is the last day for the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market until January 7; they take a holiday break.  Also the Saturday Oro Valley Farmers Market will be held later in the day from 2 to 5:30 p.m. because of the El Tour de Tucson traffic in that part of town earlier in the day.

Please send your Tucson food & restaurant news to eat.tucson@yahoo.com

  1. Thanks for the update on Monkey Burger — I agree, it’s a terrible name. As one of the people who tried to go to Burger City and found it shuttered by 6:30 on a Saturday night (!), I hope this version has a better business model.

    And I agree with all you said about Ra Sushi: great food, some really interesting sakes too. And it started out local — sort of. A couple of guys at ASU got the original started in the Phoenix area, and the Tucson branch wasn’t far behind. Being bought out by Benihana doesn’t seem to have diminished the food or service.

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