Daniel and Blanca Contreras are opening a third El Güero Canelo in an old Los Betos building at 5802 E. 22nd St. Daniel Contreras said eastside residents have been asking him to open a location near them for years, and that he would eventually like to open locations elsewhere in the state. El Güero Canelo started as a tiny food trailer in 1993, and the Contreras family has worked their way up ever since. The restaurant gained national attention when it was featured on the television shows Man v. Food and Food Wars.
Los Guarachez de Don Shuy is a new restaurant that's taken over the spot formerly held by Kool Tortas at 4547 S. Sixth Ave. The place specializes in guarachez, a Mexico-City street food that consists of an enormous pile of meat, veggies and cheese served on a tortilla shaped like the sole of a sandal. Burritos, tortas and tacos are also available. The guarachez sells for $4.50, or $7.50 for two.
There's going to be some tasty Vietnamese food at the Lunar New Year celebration from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 30, at Mansfield Middle School (1300 E. Sixth St.). The event also includes music, dancing and martial-arts demonstrations. Admission is free; 390-8297.
Like drinking? Hate gaining weight? RA Sushi (2905 E. Skyline Drive) has come up with several cocktails that might help. The drinks are made with soju—a Korean liquor that's similar to vodka, but sweeter—and low-calorie liqueurs made by Asian wine-and-spirit company TY KU. The "cosmo-teeny," "thin-mint mojito" and "cucumber slenderita" sell for $7. The reduction in your guilt complex is free. RA Sushi has also debuted a new menu; 615-3970.
Have your taken your dogs to happy hour yet? No? Bad humans! Back to obedience school for the lot of you until you start taking those dogs to events like La Cocina's Yappy Hour, at 5 p.m., every Thursday. There are specials on appetizers and drinks for you, and biscuits for them. Stefan George and Tom Walbank provide the music, and the eatery has a beautiful courtyard for socializing among both the two-legged and the four-legged attendees. La Cocina is located at 201 N. Court Ave.; lacocinatucson.com.