Cinco de Mayo (May 5th for you gringos), our favorite fiesta of the year is quickly approaching so that’s why Circle of Food asked Chef Ryan Jones, Blanco Tacos + Tequila executive chef, five easy questions.
Chef Ryan Jones has been a prominent fixture on Tucson’s culinary scene ever since he began his career at Tucson landmark Cafe Terra Cotta in 2004. Jones came to Fox Restaurant Concepts in 2015 and it wasn’t long before he began running the kitchen at Blanco Tacos + Tequila as executive chef. Chef Jones is inspired by his Sonoran Desert roots, and enjoys working with the bright and vibrant flavors of the region for his menu at Blanco. When not in the kitchen, Jones enjoys spending time with his family.
With Relish: Q&A
What’s your favorite dish to cook on a personal level and why?
I’ve recently been really intrigued with pickling my own vegetables, like carrots and jalapeños. I love trying different combinations of sweet and spicy as well, and figuring out the different lengths of time to develop the best flavors. But, if I had to choose a favorite dish to cook, I would say (and I actually just posted this on my Instagram) it’s my cilantro lime shrimp with a garlic and tequila butter sauce served with grilled bread. It’s my wife’s favorite dish!
What’s the best or most memorable meal you have eaten lately? What makes it special?
I would have to say the roasted bone marrow that my wife and I enjoyed at Penca downtown. We were having a nice date night to celebrate her birthday. We both still talk about that dish.
What’s your favorite food city? Why?
I haven’t traveled far and wide but I would have to say Los Angeles because of its diversity. So many places to try, so much great food to eat!
A good meal is not complete without … ?
An impressive charcuterie board starter with a glass of Jameson. And good company of course.
Name 3 of your favorite local restaurants
- Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink
…and of course Blanco!
As you might expect Blanco Tacos +Tequila is hosting a big party on May 5, with extended happy hour specials, photo booths with props, music and more. The happy hour food menu will be available from 3 – 6 PM with favorites like $3 tacos, $3 nachos and $4 tortas. The Happy Hour drink menu is available from 11 AM- 6 PM, featuring $5 margaritas, $4 sangria, and $4 cervezas. Plus, all day long you can grab the Margarita of the Month — Prickly Pear Margarita for $10.
Karyn Zoldan: Chef Ryan Jones is one of Tucson’s home grown taste-makers.