"We Asked Chefs" is a regular feature in which we ask local Tucson chefs a range of questions about chef life and food. Read their responses to the latest, "what's your favorite thing to eat after a long shift?"
"After some of the longest shifts, the best thing I can come home to is a home-cooked meal that my sweetheart Lana prepared for our family. I can always taste the love in every bite. She really knows how to hide veggies from our two-year-old and make complex flavors for our nine-year-old and most importantly... [make it] interesting for me. Anything she makes is what I want to eat when I get home."
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"Cheeseburger, French fries, and a Sprite. Or something frozen from Trader Joe’s. I’m looking for something fast and filling not necessarily healthy. Sometimes I’m so tired I wouldn’t even stop for food or have the energy to microwave some. I’d just get home, eat a bowl of cereal, and pass out."
View our June 2017 Nine on the Line with Riley Chandler.
"I live in the downtown Tucson area, so I tend to grab a bite somewhere nearby. My go-tos and favorites would have to be the Mushroom Pizza at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen, any of the current specials at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, or a simple slice from Empire Pizza & Pub. As you can see, pizza is a theme."
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"Beer and burritos or spicy noodles."
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"Something quick and really bad for you, that someone else makes, i.e. burritos, chili dogs, Chinese leftovers...
But the three most important food groups after a long shift are: beer, whiskey, and smokes."
View our March 2017 Nine on the Line with C.J. Hamm.
"Let’s be clear, we could just stop at the martini — Grey Goose up with a twist.
While I don’t order a burger often, by often I do mean like two times a year or less, this one is great. With green olives, big fries, great service, enjoyable music, and beautiful company.
I love Kingfisher for being open late every night. #swoon"
View our March 2015 Nine on the Line with Renee Kreager.
"Kinda crazy but I crave fast food after work. We rarely have time to eat out during the week except at work. I enjoy burgers, tacos, Chinese food, and sandwiches. I mostly get burgers and fries. Believe it or not, I’m tired of barbecue. At home after work, I usually chow on a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats or instant ramen if we have those."
View our December 2017 Nine on the Line with David Martin.
"After a long shift my go-to meal is milk and cereal.
I don’t know why, but I find it the most tasteful and filling.
My cereal choices are Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds."
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"I think I was an Asian woman in my other life, but I could eat dim sum in my sleep and sushi any time, day or night. With a nice cold dry sake.
Or my grandmother's ratatouille with a chilled Tavel rosé, yummmmmmm."
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"Mi goreng noodles, udon, pasta, wings, or pizza. Mi goreng are Indonesian fried noodles that are salty and spicy with an awesome umami tone, I usually top it with a fried egg and scallions. I always have packs of udon noodles in the fridge so I can quickly boil them up, and I try to have some sauces made at all times so I can make a quick amatriciana or pasta aglio olio. Once in a while, especially in colder months, I make a large batch of chicken and dumplings or jjampong or braised beef so I can just warm [them] up when I get home. After long shifts I want something quick and I tend to not full-on cook after, so if I don't go out, I usually have something at home."
View our July 2017 Nine on the Line with David Solorzano.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he...