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Explore Tucson’s culinary depth with ethnic dishes from 28 different countries

There’s no want to go away the town for a culinary adventure.

Tucson is more than Mexican food; the culinary cuisine benefits from influences and immigrants from around the globe. You don’t need a passport to explore all the complicated spice blends and unique cooking methods.

You certainly already have your native favorites for American and Mexican cuisine, so right here’s an inventory of the other countries with ethnic food from each to attempt in Tucson.

Argentina: Parrillada from Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Dawn Dr.

Parrillada at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Photograph courtesy of Contigo Latin Kitchen)

Thank Argentina for chimichurri, the most effective sauces on the planet. At Contigo, they serve the vibrant inexperienced sauce on their beautiful Parrillada plate with picanha, lamb chops, rib eye, Argentinian chorizo, roast marrow, salsa verde, and seasonal vegetables.

Contigo options cuisine from quite a lot of Latin American countries not represented typically in Tucson in any other case, in order that they’ll make multiple look on this listing.

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Belgium: Belgian fries from Graze Premium Burgers

2721 E. Speedway Blvd. • 5635 E. Broadway Blvd.
Burger and fries at Graze Premium Burgers (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Burger and fries at Graze Premium Burgers (Credit: Taylor Noel Images)

Graze is not at all a Belgian restaurant, however they do Belgian frites justice. The twice-cooked potato includes a creamy, fluffy interior with an exterior that stays crispy even after sitting for a few minutes.

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Benin: Alafia West African Cuisine

1070 N. Swan Rd.
African grilled tilapia at Alafia West African Cuisine (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

African grilled tilapia at Alafia West African Delicacies (Credit: Taylor Noel Images)

Whereas tilapia is among the most consumed fishes in America, its aquaculture historical past dates again to historic Egypt.

At Alafia, the Benin-native owner-chef shares delicacies from West Africa. The Entire Tilapia Fish is grilled and served with stewed tomatoes and onions with your selection of aloko (fried candy plantains) or salad.

Word: Alafia is closed for the summer time as per their annual tradition. A reopening date is to be introduced.

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Bosnia: Cevapi from Chef Alisah’s Restaurant

5931 N. Oracle Rd.
Cevapi and Cockta at Chef Alisah's Restaurant (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Cevapi and Cockta at Chef Alisah’s Restaurant (Credit: Taylor Noel Images)

Don’t thoughts the straightforward appearance — Chef Alisah’s house-made Bosnian cevapi comes with chopped raw onion, tzatziki, and recent house-made bread. The handmade quality is clear in each chew, pleasing each choosy eaters and gourmands.

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China: Dim Sum at Sushi Lounge

4802 S. Sixth Ave.
Dim sum at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dim sum at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Since China is probably the most populated country on the planet and the fourth largest by land, the range inside the nation is definitely broken into a number of different categories. Tucson has a wholesome amount of quality Sichuan eating places, but let’s give attention to an underrepresented dish here; dim sum.

Sushi Lounge may additionally be a sushi restaurant, however the family behind it makes one of the best dim sum on the town. Go to with a gaggle of buddies to take pleasure in some scorching tea and a plethora of shareable dumplings, buns, and extra.

In contrast to dim sum restaurants with carts rolling across the restaurant, Sushi Lounge cooks their dim sum to order; arrive affected person and not hangry.

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Ethiopia: Lunch Particular at Cafe Desta

758 S. Stone Ave.
Lunch at Cafe Desta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lunch at Cafe Desta (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

Injera, the star of Ethiopian delicacies, is a sourdough-risen flatbread with the feel just like an American pancake. Tear off a palm-sized piece and use it to scoop up one in every of Cafe Desta’s numerous braised dishes.

For a particular treat, order the Lamb Tibs, which features seared lamb cubes with onion, jalapeños, and recent rosemary.

When you can spherical up a gaggle of pals, order The Works for a sampling of all of their vegan meat dishes, served with salad and injera or rice.

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Eritrea: Ga’at at Queen Sheba

5553 E. Grant Rd.
Combination of dishes from Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mixture of dishes from Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Whereas Eritrean meals is just like Ethiopian meals with injera enjoying a main position, it has its own recipes and spices as nicely. Italian colonization also influenced the cuisine, leading to dishes such because the Spaghetti with Beef & Sauce, which features the Ethiopian spice mix, berbere.

One of the fashionable dishes in Eritrea, Ga’at is a porridge-like dome of combined barley, teff, and corn served with Greek yogurt, spicy butter, and scorching berbere sauce.

If variety is the spice of your life, you can even mix and match different braised dishes over injera.

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France: Eggs Provencal at Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.
Eggs Provençal at Ghini's French Caffe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eggs Provençal at Ghini’s French Caffe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For a French breakfast expertise, visit the longtime Tucson staple Ghini’s French Cafe.

Their signature dish, Eggs Provencal, features tomatoes sauteed with recent garlic and thyme, served with eggs. Dipping the house-made bread into the yolk is a should.

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Germany: Bratwurst at Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House

110 E. Congress St.
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut at Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut at Ten55 Brewing and Sausage Home (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

While Ten55 isn’t a German restaurant, they provide a Bavarian beer hall experience with a wide array of sausages and beer. Classics embrace bratwurst, bockwurst, currywurst, and the frankfurter scorching dog.

Ten55, in case you’re reading this, please add käsespätzle with crispy onions to the menu.

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Greece: Gyros Dinner Plate at Pappoule’s

7475 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Pappoule's Famous Gyros Sandwich (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Gyros Dinner Plate at Pappoule’s (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

Pappoule’s Gyros Dinner Plate piles the Greek lamb and beef mix high on pita bread served with a small Greek salad, rice pilaf, and a generous aspect of tzatziki.

Honorable mention goes to the straightforward however lovely Grilled Lamb Chops.

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India: Tandoori Mix at Tamarind

7265 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tandoori Mix and Mango Lassi at Tamarind (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tandoori Combine and Mango Lassi at Tamarind (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

Whereas Indian buffets are widespread round Tucson, attempt one thing too good to display on the buffet. At Tamarind, the Tandoori Mix contains a combination of hen tikka, tandoori hen, tandoori shrimp, sheek kabab, onions, and peppers.

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Iran: Lamb Shanks at Persian Room

9290 N. Thornydale Rd.

Lamb Shanks and various dishes at Persian Room (Photograph courtesy of Persian Room)

Persian Room gives an in depth menu of Persian classics in an setting evocative of an expensive Persian front room.

Pictured above is the stewed Lamb Shanks, served with aromatic rice combined with dill weed and fava beans.

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Italy: Cannoli alla Siciliana from Caffe Milano

46 W. Congress St.

Chef La Fufi only moved to Tucson in 2013, bringing many years of culinary expertise from Italy with her.

For dessert, order her selfmade Cannoli alla Siciliana, made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit, and chocolate chips.

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Jamaica: Jerk Hen at D’s Island Grill

3156 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Jerk Chicken at D’s Island Grill JA (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Jerk Hen at D’s Island Grill JA (Credit: Taylor Noel Images)

Jamaica makes fabulous use of the Scotch bonnet pepper, a fiery relative of the habanero pepper. Style its tropical taste with the smoky Jerk Hen at D’s.

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Japan: Omakase at Sushi on Oracle

6449 N. Oracle Rd.
A5 wagyu, Hokkaido giant scallop, and young maguro with grated fresh wasabi and barrel-aged soy sauce at Sushi on Oracle (Credit: Jackie Tran)

A5 wagyu, Hokkaido big scallop, and young maguro with grated recent wasabi and barrel-aged soy sauce at Sushi on Oracle (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Are available any day besides Monday at 5 p.m. and sit on the sushi bar, then ask for omakase. The Japanese phrase roughly translates to “I’ll leave it up to you,” and you may trust the cooks right here. Eat with an open mind an take pleasure in several programs of Japanese delights.

For extra info, go to sushionoracle.internet.

Jordan: Hummus with Meat at SHISH KEBAB HOUSE OF TUCSON

Hummus With Lamb at Shish Kebab House (Credit: Mark Navarro)

Hummus With Lamb at Shish Kebab Home (Credit score: Mark Navarro)

Quite a lot of methods are used when getting ready Jordanian cuisine, from sautéing to basting and grilling meat and greens. Shish Kebab House of Tucson showcases these methods, incorporating common snacks, in dishes on the menu.

Enter the Hummus with Meat. This easy dish is huge on flavor, blending olive oil, lemon, and tahini with chickpeas to create a clean and creamy base on which heaped lamb, sautéed onions, and pine nuts relaxation.

Don’t hesitate to discover the in depth menu; there are seemingly infinite mixtures from which to decide on.

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Poland: Pierogi at Polish Cottage

4520 E. Broadway Blvd.
Pierogi at Polish Cottage (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Pierogi at Polish Cottage (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

What’s to not love about dumplings? Attempt the Polish basic, Pierogi, at Polish Cottage. They offer the next varieties: beef, potatoes and cheese, sauerkraut and mushroom, and candy farmer’s cheese.

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Peru: Ceviche Mixto at Villa Peru

1745 E. River Rd., Ste. 165
(Photo courtesy of Villa Peru on Facebook)

(Photograph courtesy of Villa Peru on Facebook)

Though Peru has unimaginable biodiversity and meals, Tucson solely has three Peruvian eating places. Fortunately, all three do a mighty high quality job representing ethnic food in Tucson.

At Villa Peru, the Ceviche Mixto options seasonal fish, octopus, shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, ají rocoto, pink onion, Peruvan corn, candy potato, and leche de tigre.

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Philippines: Lechon Kawali at Nick’s Sari-Sari Store

2001 S. Craycroft Rd.
Lechon kawali, pancit, pinakbet, rice, and lumpia at Nick's Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lechon kawali, pancit, pinakbet, rice, and lumpia at Nick’s Sari-Sari Retailer and Filipino Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

When grabbing a plate of homestyle food from Nick’s, ensure that to incorporate some Lechon Kawali. The deep-fried chunks of pork belly pack a critical crunch.

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Somalia: Sambusas at Nur Market & Restaurant

3565 E. Speedway Blvd. Ste. 171


Nur’s restaurant focuses on Somalian delicacies. While the signature Lamb Shank and Goat or Lamb Roast make hefty meals, attempt the Sambusas first as a snack. The triangular deep-fried pockets are crammed with floor meat and a piquant sauce packed with spices. The spicy tomato sauce on the aspect is value slurping immediately from the container.

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South Korea: Duk Bok Ki at Kimchi Time

2900 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 186

South Korea constructs significantly addictive chili sauces. Attempt the Duk Bok Ki, which options rice desserts, ramen noodles, and veggies swimming in a fiery gochugaru and gochujang sauce.

For extra info, go to Kimchi Time on Yelp.

Spain: Paella Valencia at Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Dawn Dr.
Paella at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Paella at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

To impress a date, order the Paella Valencia for 2. The well-known Spanish dish includes a luxurious blend of Bomba rice, shrimp, mussels, clams, hen, and chorizo.

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Sri Lanka: Samosas from The Curry Pot Sri Lankan Fusion

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Samosas from The Curry Pot Sri Lankan Fusion (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Samosas from The Curry Pot Sri Lankan Fusion (Credit: Jackie Tran)

India’s neighbor Sri Lanka also options plentiful rice and curry, nevertheless it stands out with some key variations. Coconut is a key ingredient, ranging from coconut milk utilized in curries to coconut flakes used in the coconut sambals that accompany many dishes.

Moreover, Sri Lankan delicacies is beneficiant with the spices; attempt a veggie Samosa with a combo plate.

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Syria: Cauliflower from Zayna Mediterranean Restaurant

1138 N. Belvedere Ave.

While Zayna’s food is indeed Mediterranean, the household operating it is from Syria. As such, you possibly can anticipate the Syrian variations of Mediterranean classics.

For among the best cauliflower dishes on the earth, get the fried Syrian Cauliflower served with a simple tahini sauce. It’s an ethnic food revelation.

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Turkey – Turkish Espresso & Desserts at Simply Kabab

10420 N. La Canada Dr., Ste. 160
Zoolbia at Just Kabab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Zoolbia and Turkish espresso at Just Kabab (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

When you can handle coffee without milk or cream, pair some Center Japanese desserts at Just Kabab with some candy Turkish Espresso. Since it makes use of espresso ground extremely positive compared to drip espresso and espresso, it supplies a singular flavor complexity.

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United Kingdom: Scotch Egg at The Canyon’s Crown

6958 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Pub Footballs at the Canyon's Crown (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Scotch Egg on the Canyon’s Crown (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

A constituent nation of the UK, Scotland options the Scotch Eggs as one among their most internationally famous dishes.

At The Canyon’s Crown, their tackle the dish features hard-boiled eggs wrapped in breakfast sausage and bread crumbs, fried and served with your selection of spicy English mustard or honey mustard.

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Venezuela: Arepas from Ricuras de Venezuela

Meals Truck

In Venezuela, Arepas are discs of corn dough stuffed like a sandwich. Food truck Ricuras de Venezuela options seven different sorts; Mechada and Jamón y Queso are our favorites.

When you love corn and cheese, don’t miss out on the Cachapas.

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Vietnam: Bun Bo Hue at Pho Can Tho

2746 N. Campbell Ave.
Bun Bo Hue at Pho Can Tho (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bun Bo Hue at Pho Can Tho (Credit score: Jackie Tran)

Vietnam is more than pho and banh mi (Vietnamese writer bias right here). Bun Bo Hue is for the adventurous eater. Like pho, it comes with a aspect of lime, bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapeño, and Thai basil. Whereas it seems merely like a chili oil-laced pho at first look, three distinct elements separate it drastically: deeply savory and funky fermented shrimp, a cube of sentimental tofu-like coagulated pork blood, and a tender but slightly chewy tendon-filled pork hock.

For extra info, name (520) 881-8883 or sustain with Pho Can Tho on Facebook.

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