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Tucson Originals Sale plus Las Brasas Mesquite Grilled Chicken

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Tucson restaurant news

Attention all you Tucson Originals’ fans: The quarterly gift certificate sale happens Wednesday March 23 bright and early in the a.m.

That’s when if nimble on the keyboard you can grab some deals at your favorite locally owned independent restaurants.

I was looking at the list of Tucson Originals and noticed some new restaurants have been added such as Bushi (formerly Kampai Sushi), Las Brasas, La Cocina, and Pascos Kitchen & Lounge.

I have been driving past Las Brasas for many years now so finally decided to stop. I’m glad I did. Las Brasas is located at 2928 E. 22nd Street (1 or 2 blocks west of Country Club) and has been open since 1993. I can only speak about what I ordered — the #10 – Grilled Chicken for $6.50.

The chicken reminded of El Pollo Loco, an L.A. chain of  flame grilled, citrus marinated chicken. When I lived in L.A., that chicken made regular appearances on my dining room table.

In Tucson, I had not found anything comparable. I tried Pollo Felix twice and didn’t get the same El Pollo Loco buzz.

Las Brasas comes closer with its mesquite grilled chicken that had a slightly sweet undertone. For $6.50, there were three generous pieces plus whole pinto beans, Spanish rice, tortillas, and a choice of fresh salsas from the salsa bar.

Their website claims they have the best carne asada in town. Yikes! That’s a hefty claim. I’ll have to go back and try it.



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