Citizen Staff Writer
The Eat Sheet
Here are 10 places for barbecue of all types and including caterers. For more on the 19 total barbecue joints among more than 900 metro Tucson restaurants, go to the Tucson Citizen’s online restaurant guide, www.tucsoncitizen.com/tasteplus. Key: Average entree price: $ = Less than $10 $$ = $11-15 $$$ = $16-$25 $$$$ = $26+. Unless noted, all restaurants are family-friendly, handicapped-accessible and accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit (cash only, additional credit cards in parentheses).
BILLY BRYANT’S BARBECUE 3930 W. Ina Rd., 323-7083
Hours: M-Th 11am-2pm & 5-8pm (F till 9pm) Sa 11am-9pm Price: $ Bar: Beer & wine
Details: Its specialty is hickory-smoked barbecue and Friday nights it offers hickory-smoked prime rib.
BUBB’S GRUBB 16010 N. Oracle Rd., 825-6510
Hours: Tu-Sa 11am-9pm, Su 8am-8:30pm Price: $ Bar: Full
Details: Some say it’s worth the drive to eat its Texas-style barbecue.
BUCK & LIL’S BBQ 5121 E. Grant Rd., 325-5185
Hours: M-Sa 11am-9pm (Su till 8pm) Price: $ Bar: No Details: Tucson’s newest barbecue joint; sauces – Spicy Texas, Tennessee and Carolina Sweet or Lil’s Special – are right at the table.
J & N BODEGA 2010A S. Park Ave., no phone
Hours: Varies (usually M-Sa 12-9pm) Price: $ Bar: No Details: This new market has a small ($5) and large ($7) version of its Jamaican jerk chicken with rice and beans for takeout only.
JANOS 3770 E. Sunrise Dr., 615-6100, www.janos.com
Hours: M-Sa 5:30-9:30pm Price: $$$$ (AmEx) Bar: Full Details: Go upscale for barbacoa, Mexican barbecue, and try its $41 Lamb from the Heart of Mexico with Oaxacan barbacoa and barbacoa soup.
JOBOB’S BBQ 625 E Magee Rd., 297-7788, www.jobobsbbq.com
Hours: Call for hours Price: $$ Bar: No Details: Want barbecue for a get-together, but don’t want the hot duty of monitoring the smoker? JoBob’s is one of Tucson’s barbecue caterers.
KARICHIMAKA 5252 S. Mission Rd., 883-0311
Hours: Tu-F 11am-9pm (Sa&Su opens at 12pm) Price: $ (AmEx) Bar: Beer & wine
Details: One of the many Mexican eateries in town offering barbacoa.
R & R BAR-B-QUE CO. 5725 S. Ray Strav., 258-9994 or 258-9995
Hours: Call for hours Price: $$ Bar: No Details: You may know this catering company from its offerings at Tucson Electric Park during Tucson Sidewinders games.
TACO BRON 3200 N. First Ave. (also at 6910 E. Tanque Verde Rd.), 903-9326, http://tacobron.com/
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm Price: $ Bar: Full Details: Several pork barbacoa dishes, including Taco de Carnitas, Taco de Cochinita Pibil and Taco de Adobada.
TOUCH OF CLASS 47 N. Scott Ave., 622-2229
Hours: M-F 11am-6pm (Sa opens at 6pm) Price: $ Bar: No
Details: This 18-month-old spot is one of two downtown barbecue joints.
OUR FAVORITE JUICE DRINKS: CITIZEN STAFF PICKS
CANDELA PERUVIAN RESTAURANT 5845 N. Oracle Rd., 407-0111
Hours: M-F 11am-2:30pm & 5-9pm, Sa&Su 12-9pm Price: $$ Bar: Full
We say: Try its Maracuya passion fruit drink or the Chicha Morada of purple corn and fruits.
CLAIMJUMPER 3761 E. Broadway, 795-2900, www.claimjumper.com
Hours: Su-Th 11am-10pm (F&Sa till 11pm) Price: $$ (AmEx, Disc) Bar: Full
We say: The strawberry lemonade is wonderful, served in a huge glass with sugar on the rim.
THE CUP CAFE 311 E. Congress St., 798-1618, www.hotelcongress.com/cup
Hours: Su-Th 7am-10pm (F&Sa till 1am) Price: $$ (AmEx, Disc) Bar: Full
We say: “The Cup Café has the most awesome limeade. Unfortunately, refills are not free!”
EL POTRERO RESTAURANT 5404 S. 12th Ave., 889-5651, http://elpotreromexicanfood.com
Hours: M-Tu 9am-7pm (W till 3pm, Th&Su opens at 8am), F&Sa 8am-3am Price: $ (AmEx, Disc) Bar: No
We say: It makes its own limonada, or limeade, but no tamarindo or horchata.
ROCCO’S LITTLE CHICAGO 2707 E. Broadway, 321-1860, www.roccoslittlechicago.com
Hours: M-Sa 11am-10pm Price: $ (AmEx, Disc) Bar: Full
We say: Down some of the best pizza in town and wash it down with lemonade (free refills!)