Tucson Restaurants

El Charro Café

  • 311 N. Court Ave. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Mexican

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Started by Monica Flin in 1922, the oldest Mexican restaurant in town still serves splendid versions of the Mexican-American staples Flin claims to have originated, most notably chimichangas and cheese crisps. The tortilla soup and carne seca chimichanga, made with beef that is air-dried on the premises—on the roof, actually—are delicious. Located in an old stone house in El Presidio Historic District, the colorful restaurant and bar exude a festive, if slightly touristy, vibe.

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311 N. Court Ave., Tucson, Arizona, 85701, USA

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Published 11/18/2015


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May 14, 2017


Recommended by a local outside of the missile museum I met at random this was a special find. Authentic Mexican food in a family atmosphere. Awesome sides and one of the best meals I've ever had. I was even lucky enough to meet the owner Marcus who made me feel like Anthony Bourdain! I will be going here again before I die!