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    Finding the greasy spoon

    Amy Johnson
    Amy Johnson / The Daily Wildcat The Hungry Brisket Sandwich, one of many sandwiches at BrushFire, features slow-cooked, smokey beef in a toasted bun. Add chipotle barbecue sauce with hot onions, creamy saurkraut and spicy mustard for an extra kick of flavor.

    Today is the day where eating your feelings is socially acceptable. Today, you will pass up your wheatgrass diet in favor of deep-fried mozzarella sticks. Today is National Greasy Food Day. In honor of this All-American holiday, the Daily Wildcat scoured Tucson for all things greasy, cheesy and wrapped in regret.

    Frog & Firkin / $$

    Be forewarned that besides the placement of the British flag atop the building, there’s not much else British about this place. But who says that’s necessarily a bad thing? Situated in the middle of University Boulevard, Frog & Firkin is an eatery full of social college students with high metabolisms. Come hunger or hangover, this place has portion sizes larger than the U.K. The melted brie on roasted garlic bread is equal parts crunchy, cheesy and greasy.

    Although considered an appetizer, the French fry selection at Frog is a meal in and of itself, with dishes from the pesto and melted brie Green Fries to the garlic, Parmesan and mozzarella White Fries. If your arteries haven’t had enough by the time you finish your starters, move on to one of Frog’s 14 different deep-dish pizza pies, ranging from the Sonoran Firkin to the Pesto Firkin.

    German Food Station / $

    Bratwurst, sauerkraut, currywurst, deprecziner and other foods you can’t pronounce can all be found inside this one food truck. While the location of German Food Station changes frequently, the quality of its food does not. Let it be known that this food truck is not for vegetarians or vegans, but if you’re looking for authentic German cuisine, this is the place for you. Catch the truck at the Tucson Food Truck Round Up on Saturday by Sixth Avenue and Drachman Street.

    Lindy’s on 4th / $

    Lindy’s on 4th makes it into the Daily Wildcat’s food lists quite often, and for good reason, considering its specialty burgers are hard to beat. Rusty Trombone, Fat Bastard, Dirty Sanchez, Blue Baller — and no, we’re not referring to nicknames for your exes. Each burger begins with juicy red meat piled high with lettuce, cheese, onions and thick burger buns. With every burger on the menu offering a different assortment of toppings — be it mac and cheese, guacamole and green chiles, peanut butter or raspberry preserves — Lindy’s on 4th lives for National Greasy Food Day.

    Bison Witches Bar & Deli / $

    For the greasy sandwich lovers, Bison Witches is the place to go. Conveniently located on Fourth Avenue, this place boasts a sandwich list larger than your appetite. The Wildcat Sandwich is an ode to the hungry college student, with roast beef and smoked turkey with melted Gouda cheese, topped with lettuce and honey-based spicy Russian mustard. For the kid at heart, Bison Witches revamps classic elementary school lunchtime with its grilled PBJ sandwich. Slightly melted peanut butter and crunchy bread will have you licking your fingers clean at the end of the meal.

    BrushFire BBQ Co. / $$
    Don’t be fooled by the rotating sign outside the restaurant or the biker bar-styled flames inside — BrushFire means business. Voted some of the best barbecue in Tucson, thanks to BrushFire you won’t have to venture to Texas for a real, down-home meal. If the menu overwhelms you, start with any of BrushFire’s signature sandwiches. If you’re trying to live National Greasy Food Day to the fullest, dig into BrushFire’s messy fries — just make sure you have some Pepto-Bismol on hand for afterwards.

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