27 January, 2022, 07:00

‘Flaps and Racks’ is now serving its wings, ribs & more on the south side

A new restaurant has taken flight in the Old Pueblo.

Over on the south side of Tucson, the new restaurant Flaps and Racks recently opened its doors to the public at 3253 E. Valencia Rd.

Flaps and Racks

Photo courtesy of Flaps and Racks

There’s an interesting story behind the name of the restaurant. Sure, the “flaps” are referring to the chicken wings on the menu, and the “racks” are the finger-licking ribs that’ll have you going through more napkins you can keep track of.

However, there’s more to it. Flaps and Racks also refers to parts of an airplane and is a tribute to the restaurant owner and Puerto Rico native’s connection to the Tucson International Airport. Jeffrey Flores, who moved to Tucson back in 2003, got a job at the airport and began exploring the city’s food scene the moment he touched down.

Flaps and Racks

Photo courtesy of Flaps and Racks

The restaurant has its classics like wings (bone-in or boneless) and ribs. The wings can be ordered in the quantity of anywhere from six to 48 wings, while the ribs come in either a full or half rack.

Sauces for the wings come in all sorts, including Barbecue Chiltepin, Chocolate Chiltepin, Mango Habenero, Pizza (you read that correctly), and Chorizo — which includes bits of crumbled chorizo on top.

Flaps and Racks

Photo courtesy of Flaps and Racks

If you aren’t craving wings or ribs, take a gander at the rest of the menu upon arrival, which has the likes of a Buffalo Burger ($6.75), Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($6.75), salads, Flyin’ Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Mac & Cheese Bites, and Buffalo Ranch Fries.

There are a few beers on tap, too, including locals like Barrio Brewing Company.

The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Flaps and Racks is located at 3253 E. Valencia Rd. For more information, call (520) 475-5345 or visit flapsandracks.com

At a very young age, Matt was gifted with the artistic ability to masterfully roll a burrito to the highest of standards.

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