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Tucson Restaurant Tournament: (4) Gentle Ben's vs. (13) Sausage Deli

A couple of places near campus going up against each other

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Jason Bartel

In a first round matchup in the Rincons Region, four-seed Gentle Ben's is taking on 13-seed Sausage Deli.

Be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom. You can also vote by tweeting the restaurant name with the hashtag #TRT.

Tale of the Tape

(4) Gentle Ben's

Gentle Ben's

Baja Tacos – Marinated and pan seared Tilapia placed over cilantro slaw and topped with Pico de Gallo and a drizzle of chipotle aioli.

Gentle Ben's

The Phoenix Burger - Fire roasted red peppers, thick cut jalapeño bacon and Pepper Jack cheese. Finished with a habanero cream sauce.

(pictures and descriptions courtesy of Gentle Ben's general manager Richard Fifer)

Neighborhood: University/Main Gate Square


Cuisine: Brewery

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Entertaining Yelp review:  "When I first came to town for work I thought this place was full of strippers. I never went that time but I thought why would they put a strip club so close to campus. I've seen much closer in other cities! Dive joint for the college kids. I mean its across the street from U of A so i wouldn't expect any less. Regardless food and service was amazing."

(13) Sausage Deli

Sausage Deli Jason Bartel

Neighborhood: Jefferson Park


Cuisine: Deli/Sandwiches

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Entertaining Yelp review: "I was back in my old college town this past weekend and it brought back many great memories from the times I had in Tucson, AZ as an undergrad. Naturally I had to revisit some of the amazing cheap eats that fueled me for all those late nights of studying...drinking. The sausage deli was a mainstay of mine averaging 3-4 sandos per week. It's since changed locations since my departure more than a decade ago but, the sandwich is still as great as ever. With my Rainbow sandals on, I headed back with great anticipation."