Life is good at food truck Eat-a-Burger. The outfit at the corner of Stone Avenue and Pennington Street gained a loyal following during its first year in business—so much so that husband-and-wife owners Christopher "Jass" Koster and Sineenart Wethatham are opening a brick-and-mortar location across the street at 100 N. Stone Ave., Suite 102. Expect burgers, hot dogs, grilled-cheese sandwiches, malts and other classic American fare.
"Simple seems to have worked well for us," said Koster, referring to the juicy and popular 15-spice patties. "We keep it simple and really take time and passion to make something that works." Visit eat-a-burger.com for more information.
A little slice of southside flavor has migrated north, with the opening of the second Rigo's Restaurant, in the former Maria Bonita location at 5851 N. Oracle Road. The menu includes an ample sampling of Sonoran-style Mexican food; the requisite tacos, salads and combination plates are all well-represented. The original location at 2527 S. Fourth Ave. is a southside favorite.
It's been a good first year for 47 Scott, the popular downtown restaurant at 47 N. Scott Ave. Business has been swift; the addition of the adjoined cocktail component Scott and Co. has been a huge success; and now the restaurant has added a chef's garden. Local ingredients have always had a place at the eatery, but co-owner Travis Reese says the new garden is helping the restaurant move in the direction he and Nicole Flowers want it to go; they'd even like to get another piece of land and go bigger with the garden. First up this summer: okra, squash, squash blossoms, cucumbers and herbs galore; www.47scott.com.
If you like your meal between bread, there's Melt: A Sandwich Joint, at 5056 E. Broadway Blvd. The sandwiches are named after cities—the Green Bay is all about the cheese; the New York is pastrami and Swiss on rye—and there's the option of adding a few ingredients from a short list. Top it off with a side of potato or pasta salad, and you'll waddle your way back from lunch hour. Delivery is available within a limited area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; there's free Wi-Fi; 326-6358; www.melttucson.com.