Tucson's Filipino food dry spell since the closure of Pinoy Fast Food has finally broken.
Nick and Helen Subong moved from Inoino City, Philippines to England in 2000, then moved to Tucson in 2005 for Helen to work as a nurse. Nick's Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant originally opened four years ago as a Filipino market at 6540 E. 22nd St., then moved into the former space of longtime east side bar Driftwood Pub at 2001 S. Craycroft Rd. in February this year. Last Saturday, it added the Filipino restaurant.
"When we started the store, a lot of people asked to have a Filipino restaurant because we don't have any in town," said Helen Subong, who owns Nick's with her spouse Nick Subong.
For now, the restaurant has only a few plants for decoration. Customers order at the cashier upon entry, then seat themselves.
While pancit, lumpia, and halo-halo are available daily and tapsilog is available for breakfast most days, the menu changes daily. Customers can always look forward to homestyle Filipino food, however. Lunch plates hover around $6.50.
The market offers a wide variety of Filipino specialty items such as soy sauce with calamansi (a Filipino citrus), banana ketchup, 25-pound bags of rice, and assorted produce.
Nick's also offers balikbayan box services.
Restaurant hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. or when food runs out Monday - Saturday, market hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
Nick's Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant is located at 2001 S. Craycroft Rd. For more information, call (520) 406-3593 or keep up with Nick's Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant on Facebook.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...