Quick Bites: Halloween, Japanese-Style

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Yoshimatsu Healthy Japanese Eatery might be the last place you’d expect to be serving Halloween-themed eats—but you’d be wrong!

This locally owned, super-vegan-friendly restaurant is so authentically Japanese that the menu is written in choppy English and it serves some stuff that some Americans would find, well, not so yummy-sounding—like squid salad or fermented soybeans. But this place serves up so much variety that you’re sure to find something you like, be it the low-cal stir-fried tofu noodles or the more decadent bacon-and-onion Kushi Yaki skewers.

Anyway, in honor of All Hallows’ Eve this year, in mid-October Yoshimatsu started offering a Halloween Special: pumpkin ramen—a unique but great idea!—as well as Yuzu Miso Dengaku, or miso-glazed eggplant (whose relation to Halloween we’re frankly not sure about, but which we’ve heard is heard is delicious).

And if you haven’t been to Yoshimatsu for awhile, you might not even know two very important things about the place:

1. Yes, it’s open again—it reopened right across the street from its old location last spring!

And…

2. It’s apparently one of Bernie Sanders’ go-to Tucson eateries: He was spotted there just last week, when he spoke at the university. We’ll get back to you if we get the scoop on what he ordered. (Politicians: They’re just like us!)

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