Morsels: Tidbits of Tucson restaurant news

2014-03-27T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:21:40Z Morsels: Tidbits of Tucson restaurant news Arizona Daily Star
We’re gathering info for easter dining

Attention, restaurants: We’re looking for your Easter dining deals. To include your dining plans in our roundup, submit your information at dailystarcalendar.com and enter your information under “holiday dining.” The deadline to make the roundup up is April 3. The guide will run in Caliente on April 17.

Nana’s recipes served at new NW restaurant

In the days before Christmas, Juan Smith quietly opened his maiden Mexican eatery, My Nana’s Mexican Food Restaurant. 

His grandmother Carolina Armenta is not in the kitchen, but her recipes are, borrowed from the family’s longtime Mammoth restaurant Redwood Inn Café. When the mines closed in the early 2000s, so did the restaurant.

Smith helped run that business and brings some of its flavors and favorite dishes to the table at My Nana’s. It’s set in the small storefront at 3930 W. Ina Road, in the plaza at Ina and Thornydale roads that used to be home to Billy Bryant’s BBQ.

Pork and beef come in red and green chile; machaca plays key roles in tacos, enchiladas and burritos, and is the centerpiece of its own dinner plate, which at $15 is the most expensive item on the menu. Most entrees run $6 to $8; daily specials are $5.99 to $7.99.

My Nana’s Mexican Food Restaurant — no relation to the Continental Ranch restaurant Nana’s Kitchen — is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Details: mynanasmexicanfood.com

Play ‘Avengers’ trivia with Geeks who drink

Geeks Who Drink is hosting an “Avengers” trivia night beginning at 8 p.m. next Thursday at Bumsted’s , 500 N. Fourth Ave.

Of all the comic book heroes, why Avengers and why now?

Good question. To celebrate the release April 4 of “Captain America 2,” based on the Marvel comic book series.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes or their favorite superhero T-shirt.

The trivia contest is based on questions posed from the eight “Avengers” films. In all there will be 64 questions.

Tucson is not the only city to bone up on its “Avengers” facts and fictions. The contest, produced by the entertainment company Geeks Who Drink, will be held in bars around the country.

John Smith, who works with Geeks Who Drink, said the contests are held at bars, usually on the slow nights of Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“Tucson is our largest market in Arizona,” Smith said. Other bars that participate in events include Trident Grill and World of Beer, he said.

Admission to most of the trivia events is free, but there is a $5 charge for the April 3 event. The proceeds will be used to pay the prize money.

Details: Call Bumsted’s at 622-1413 or at geekswhodrink.com 

Cathalena E. Burch

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