Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Food Truck Diaries, Volume 29: Ryuu Sushi Express

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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A gravel parking lot on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Grant Road is fast becoming a sort of United Nations of local food trucks. Jamaican food truck D Island Grill JA has called the spot home for more than a year, as has the small truck with the big tacos, Taco Fish. And if you walk down the block a bit you'll run right into Molcas, which, in my humble opinion, serves the freshest and most beautiful tortas around.

Ryuu Sushi Express has added yet another dining option to this unadorned parking lot, tossing up a small tent with a few chairs and feeding people "sushi with a Latin touch." The truck opened but a few weeks ago and business seemed a bit slow today, but that's sure to change once Tucson catches on to what the truck is doing.

Look over the menu and you'll quickly notice rolls with chipotle sauce, chilis and Manchego cheese. These details are woven in with the usual sushi suspects - shrimp, cucumber, sesame, crab - while not being outlandish or overpowering. However, if outlandish is what you seek, order the "Flying Pig," a roll made with chicken, bacon, cream cheese, avocado and chipotle sauce. There's word of a chicken-Cordon-Bleu roll as well, but it isn't available ... yet.

I had the "Dragon Roll" which was both beautiful and delicious. It came with three dipping sauces and a big grin from the employees. I paired it with an ice-cold Hawaiian-punch flavored Shasta from the nearby cooler and ate slowly as the lunch crowd descended on the parking lot and the generators purred away in the background. All was right in the world.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and prices range from $4.99 to $9.99. Call 619-1472 or visit the truck on Facebook for more info.

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