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Tucson Food Buzz: Red’s Smokehouse, Pounding Rice

Tucson Food Buzz: Red’s Smokehouse, Pounding Rice

Eat at Red's (photo: courtesy Red's)
Eat at Red’s (photo: courtesy Red’s)

Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room

Red’s is a welcome addition to the University food scene. Tonight my friend and food writer Edie Jarolim and I sampled the Carolina pulled pork basket with corn bread and vinegar slaw, corn on the cob with Siracha, lime and cojita cheese, the wedge Cobb salad, and grilled veggies. And we cleaned our plates.

Vegetarians can find sanctuary here too. Check out the smoked vegetable stack and an array of sides.

Craft beer can be purchased in 5 oz, 10 oz, 16 oz servings as well as signature cocktails.

Red’s is the brainchild of Ramiro Scavo who owns Pasco Kitchen (also on University) and formerly worked for Zona 78 among others.

You must check out the giant red Myron Mixon Smoker which is like the elephant in the room or in this case, the open kitchen. It’s smokin’

Red’s is located at 943 E. University Ave, #125 (near 2nd Street parking and weird back-in street parking if you’re lucky enough to get it.)

Come pound mochi
Come pound mochi

Pound Rice – Jan. 9

The Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition invites the Tucson Community to the 3rd Annual Mochitsuki. Learn about Japanese New Year’s rice pounding tradition at Pima Community College Downtown campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave. at NW corner of Stone and Speedway from 11 AM to 3 PM.
$5 adults, & children under 5 years free. Attendees should use the westside parking lots.

The purpose is to bring together persons interested in Japanese culture and to encourage the community-building spirit of making mochi (rice cakes) as a celebration of the New Year.

There will be taiko drum performances by Odaiko Sonora, mochi rice pounding demonstrations, games & prizes, free mochi samples, along with other Japanese cultural activities such as Anime, calligraphy, martial arts, kyudo (archery), singing, authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony, ikebana,and exhibitions from several Pima CC student groups.


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