The carne asada tacos at Rib House Bar and Grill in Iwakuni, Japan, are the brain child of California native Phil Azevedo who settled in Iwakuni after leaving the Marine Corps. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES
The carne asada tacos at Rib House Bar and Grill in Iwakuni, Japan, are the brain child of California native Phil Azevedo who settled in Iwakuni after leaving the Marine Corps. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES

Rib House brings California-style Mexican, BBQ dishes to Iwakuni

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

Just a short walk from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Rib House Bar & Grill is serving up something different for the locals, while offering a taste of home to its American patrons.

Owner Phil Azevedo says the restaurant’s menu reflects the passion for food he said he inherited from his father and grandfather, both former barbecue pit masters — as well as the influence of his Californian upbringing.

At Rib House, diners can find American barbecue favorites — such as ribs, smoked chicken and brisket — served alongside California-style Mexican dishes like tacos and enchiladas. The restaurant, which opened three years ago, also features homemade salsas and tortillas. Azevedo even makes the unique combinations used to marinate the menu’s meat items himself.

The restaurant brings a bit of American flair to Iwakuni, as the picnic table seating is similar to what you’d see at many barbecue joints in the States. There is also limited seating at an outdoor bar, which is perfect for days with nice weather.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.542821

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