Deborah Tenino has opened Contigo Cocina Latina at 1745 E. River Road. The menu is split into "platos pequeños" and "platos principales" and includes items like dates stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in smoked pork; yerba maté-braised short ribs; parsley-lemon-marinated lamb chops; shellfish stew; and other modern Latin creations. For drinks: Think mojitos, pisco sours and other cocktails, beer and wine. Call 299-1730 for reservations.
The American hot dog migrated south of the border, picked up some influences on the streets of Mexico, and reappeared stateside as the Sonoran hot dog—only to be turned back into a traditional Mexican food, by way of the Tucson Tamale Company's "dogmale." Owner Todd Martin says he wraps crisped bacon, all-beef hot dogs, red sauce, green chiles and beans in masa to make the tamales, which are only made every other week or so. Tucson Tamale Company is located at 2545 E. Broadway Blvd.; 305-4760; www.tucsontamalecompany.com.
A new Beyond Bread location is expected to open in a former Blockbuster Video building on the corner of Ina and Oracle roads. Shelby Collier, who owns the other two Beyond Bread locations with her husband, Randie, said construction is expected to start in July, and that they're shooting for a fall opening. The new location will feature the same items sold at the other locations—and plenty of outdoor seating, said Collier.
We had lunch at the new Dry River Company (800 N. Kolb Road; 298-5555) and found starter plates of prosciutto-and-melon wraps, antipasto, roasted garlic and bruschetta; salads; sandwiches; and a half-dozen or so Neapolitan-style pizzas. The Caprese sandwich came quick and was good; a woman put in an order and walked out with a pizza in less than 10 minutes. They also sell cupcakes, breakfast sandwiches, bagels and gourmet coffee. Beer and wine is on the way; www.dryriverco.com.
Order edamame, shrimp nigiri, tootsy maki, pork gyoza and a selection of other items at RA Sushi (2905 E. Skyline Drive) through Saturday, June 5, and all of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital as part of the restaurant's annual Nicky's Week fundraiser. Good cause, good sushi: Sounds like a win-win situation; 615-3970; www.rasushi.com.