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kwood1955 Dec 5th, 2012 10:07 AM

Tucson restaurant serving paella?
Any recommendation for restaurant(s) in Tucson serving great paella? Thanks for any and all information!

DebitNM Dec 5th, 2012 10:55 AM

The biggest issue for me is that there is no ocean anywhere near Tucson so that means the seafood will be less than pristine fresh. I prefer to eat fish and seafood only when I am close to it's source. That of course is my 2 cents only.

DebitNM Dec 5th, 2012 10:57 AM

Sorry, hit post too soon.

Rather than trying to find a dish that isn't local, perhaps you can consider something more local that would ensure fresh ingredients and a wide array of choices of dishes and restaurants.

kwood1955 Dec 5th, 2012 12:59 PM

Thanks for your reply. Paella isn't always made with seafood. Some of the best in Spain is with chicken, pork and/or sausage. But a good point re: fresh seafood.

kwood1955 Dec 5th, 2012 01:05 PM

What would be considered a local Tucson dish? Thanks!!

sludick Dec 5th, 2012 01:19 PM

Carne Seca maybe? Technically maybe it's more Brazil or even Mexico, but it's a bragging right in Tucson too.

Here's a bit on it:

We always hit the El Charro downtown (original one) and have theirs. It's a cute old converted house, and I do love the carne seca.

DebitNM Dec 5th, 2012 01:21 PM

Southwestern cuisine: Navajo Tacos, Fry Bread, Chile Rellenos [New Mexican, actually, but we share nicely]

More here:

TheTucsonFoodie Dec 11th, 2012 07:31 PM

Casa Vicente serves paella. You'll want to call in advance if you plan on ordering it.

jubilada Dec 12th, 2012 05:52 AM

At Casa Vicente you need four orders of paella in order for them to make it.

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