Morsels: Tidbits of Tucson restaurant news

2013-06-20T00:00:00Z Morsels: Tidbits of Tucson restaurant newsCathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson Musician rolls out Asian-fusion truck

What happens when Vietnam's iconic bánh mì sandwich collides with America's iconic burger?

The Lucky Bun.

That's what Tucson musician Nancy Bright is calling the signature sandwich at Lucky Girl Café, her hitch-along mobile kitchen that quietly debuts today.

Bright plans to introduce Lucky Girl at today's Tucson Food Truck Roundup from 5 to 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1825 N. Alvernon Way.

Bright, half of Tucson's popular Bright and Childers acoustic duo, said Lucky Buns were inspired by her daughter-in-law, Mary Nguyen-Hodges.

The sandwiches are made with torta rolls instead of the French rolls in the bánh mì. Burgers - beef, turkey or vegetarian - are seasoned with an Asian-infused marinade and Vietnamese spices before being charbroiled. The sandwiches are dressed with lightly pickled carrots, and fresh cucumbers, jicama, cilantro and basil. They also have a slick of either house-made Thai chile or ginger aoli.

It took Bright a year to perfect the marinade and spice combinations.

"We tested it for a year. We had all kinds of groups of friends over - blue collar, artists, musicians, high school students. Everybody gave it a thumbs up. So we decided to go for it."

The sandwiches are $7.50 with a side dish of either chips or house-made Asian slaw.

Also find Lucky Girl Café from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at McCormick Park, 2950 N. Columbus Blvd. Follow Lucky Girl on Facebook at


47 Scott sibling eatery set to open Aug. 15

47 Scott's sister restaurant, Saint House Rum Bar, is expected to open Aug. 15 in the former Sharks nightclub downtown.

Saint House, 256 E. Congress St., will serve a Caribbean menu inspired by and infused with rum. It's the brainchild of Travis Reese and Nicole Flowers, the creative forces behind 47 Scott and Scott & Co. downtown. They had hoped to open earlier this year.

Sharks closed last June after 12 years downtown. The couple announced their plans for Saint House in August.

Follow Saint House on Facebook at

New dining rewards program makes debut

The new Eat Local Tucson dining rewards program made its debut last Saturday, replacing the old Tucson Originals Rewards Program.

Here's how it works: The points you've accumulated with the Originals Rewards card will roll over into the Eat Local program. The new program is not affiliated with Tucson Originals.

Thirteen Tucson restaurants have joined the campaign: Bluefin Seafood Bistro and its sister restaurant, Kingfisher Bar and Grill; Dakota Cafe; Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails; Frankie's Philadelphia Cheesesteaks; Ghini's French Caffe; Lodge on the Desert; Mama Louisa's; Pastiche; all three Risky Business locations; and Tavolino.

Organizers say another 20 restaurants will join the group in the next six months.

The rewards program allows diners to accumulate points for discounts at participating restaurants. Diners also can use the card in 12 cities across the U.S., including Phoenix later this summer after Eat Local Phoenix launches in August. Details:

Beer-tasting fundraiser June 29 at Bob Dobbs

Regulars at Bob Dobbs Bar & Grill know that this is a place to snag a hot, reliable burger and a frosty cold beer.

On June 29, Bob Dobbs, 2501 E. Sixth St., will tap into its brew prowess for a beer-tasting fundraisier to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its campaign to fight blood cancers.

This will be Bob Dobbs first beer-tasting event. Participants will sample five beers from around the world and nibble on snacks. There's also a raffle and a shot at a door prize.

Here's the cool thing: It's come as you are when you want between 1 and 4 p.m June 29. The cost is $20.

Raffle tickets are $3, $10 for five, and $20 for 10 at the door. Details: or 325-3767.

In other beer news ...

• Noble Hops, 1335 W. Lambert Lane, will host a Sleepy Dog Beer Dinner on Tuesday, pairing different beers from Tempe's Sleepy Dog Brewery with four different dinner courses.

The first course will be a spinach salad with a glass of Monje Azul Belgian Blonde, followed by an orange glazed salmon and Tail Chaser American India Pale Ale.

Grilled pork chops come next, with a Red Rover Irish Red Ale. The grand finale will be a Wet Snout Milk Stout paired with a Nutella tart.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is $40, excluding tax or gratuity. Call 797-4677 for reservations.

• Hotel Congress continues its summer beer tasting series Saturday with a focus on Arizona beers.

For $20, you get to sample five Arizona brewing companies, including the Mother Road Brewing Co. in Flagstaff, the Prescott Brewing Co., the Mudshark Brewery in Lake Havasu, and The Four Peaks and Sleepy Dog breweries from Tempe.

Tastings will be held in Club Congress. Admission is $20 and will feature snacks from the Cup Café. The evening begins at 5 p.m. Call 622-8848 for more information.

Cathalena E. Burch Gerald M. Gay

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