A new food truck called Animal Farm has hit the streets, bringing big burgers, pork-belly banh mi sandwiches and other good things to the Tucson food-truck scene. The truck—which specializes in locally sourced ingredients—is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays, in the parking lot of FairWheel Bikes, 1110 E. Sixth St. The owners' culinary experience ranges from gelato shops to catering huge events, and the food they serve is affordable and utterly delicious. The deep-fried cheese curds, made from Arizona Cheese Co. goods, are especially decadent; www.animalfarmtruck.com.
Fresh: Coffee and Smoothies
If you're into organic and health-conscious fare, the new restaurant and coffee shop Fresh, at 2404 E. River Road, should be right up your alley. You will find breakfast offerings like yogurt parfaits and English-muffin sandwiches alongside a variety of healthful lunch items such as chicken-avocado wraps and panini. The coffee selection covers all the bases, and even branches into new territory with drinks like tres-leche lattes. Fresh also strives to be environmentally friendly by using biodegradable containers and recycled goods; 505-4470.
Let's Go Rome Again
La Taverna, the eatery inside the Italian grocery-store Roma Imports (627 S. Vine Ave.), is holding buffet-style feasts on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28. The menu is lengthy, with antipasti galore, rolled roast pork, gnocchi, lamb with garlic and anchovies, and much more. If you've got room after that, there will be fried apple rings, ricotta cream and chocolate mascarpone rolls for dessert. The feasts are $40 per person. Call 792-3173, or visit romaimports.com.
V Fine Thai Dining (9 E. Congress St.) has a new special on Sundays for those who may have indulged a bit too much the night before. Hangover Sundays feature $5 cocktails and appetizers, and doors open at noon. The restaurant has also rolled out a faster, more-affordable lunch service that focuses on pho. Call 882-8143, or visit www.tucsonthai.com.
Food Truck Roundup
The next Food Truck Roundup is at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, in the parking lot of Benjamin Plumbing Supply, 440 N. Seventh Ave. The event includes at least 18 different food trucks and a movie projected on the side of a warehouse. Good times.