Tucson Restaurants

Tucson boldly proclaims itself to be the "Mexican Food Capital of the United States," and most of the Mexican food in town is Sonoran-style. This means prolific use of cheese, mild peppers, corn tortillas, pinto beans, and beef or chicken. It's the birthplace of the chimichanga (Spanish for "whatchamacallit"), a flour tortilla filled with meat or cheese, rolled, and deep-fried.

The best Mexican restaurants are concentrated in South Tucson and Downtown, although some favorites have additional locations around town. If Mexican's not your thing, there are plenty of other options: you won't have any trouble finding excellent sushi, Thai, Italian, and Ethiopian food at reasonable prices.

For sampling regional flavors, upscale Southwestern cuisine flourishes at several resorts in the Foothills, most notably the Grill at Hacienda del Sol and Flying V Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon. A recent trend in Tucson dining is combining hip restaurants with chic shopping locations. Choose from sushi, steak, Italian, or Mexican at La Encantada in the Foothills. Casas Adobes Plaza, in the Northwest, is home to upscale shops alongside Wildflower Grill and trendy, thin-crust pizza at Sauce—and the gelato shop, Frost, is handy for dessert. Downtown has recently exploded with first-rate dining and drinking establishments, from modern comfort food and homemade ice cream to gourmet pizzas, craft beers, and contemporary Mexico City cuisine.

Tasty fare as varied as Indian, Greek, and Middle Eastern can be enjoyed on the west side of U of A's campus, along University Boulevard and 4th Avenue—another great area for people-watching and barhopping as well as quelling hunger pangs.

On Friday and Saturday nights and during the Gem Show (first two weeks of February), reservations are usually a good idea at upscale and popular restaurants. Dress ranges from casual to casual-dressy here; jackets for men aren’t required at any restaurant, even at resorts.

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  • 1. Café Poca Cosa

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    At what is arguably Tucson's most creative Mexican restaurant, the chef prepares recipes inspired by different regions of her native country...Read More

  • 2. Elvira's

    $$ | Mexican

    This colorful and deservedly popular restaurant serves delicious Sonoran classics in Tubac village. Try one of the five chicken moles, ranging...Read More

  • 3. Mi Nidito

    $$ | South | Mexican

    A perennial favorite among locals (the wait is worth it), Mi Nidito ("my little nest") has also hosted its share of visiting celebrities: following...Read More

  • 4. El Charro Café

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    Started by Monica Flin in 1922, the oldest Mexican restaurant in town still serves splendid versions of the Mexican-American staples Flin claims...Read More

  • 5. El Minuto Café

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    Popular with local families and the business crowd at lunch, this bustling restaurant in Tucson's Barrio Historico neighborhood has been serving...Read More

  • 6. Molina's Midway

    $ | Central | Mexican

    Tucked into a side street just north of Speedway, this charming, unassuming Mexican restaurant holds its own against any in South Tucson. Specialties...Read More

  • 7. Tucson Tamale Company

    $ | Central | Mexican

    A good homemade tamale is special, and a restaurant that prepares and serves them fresh every day with all sorts of creative fillings is a find...Read More

  • 8. Tucson Tamale Company

    $ | Eastside | Mexican

    A good homemade tamale is special, and a restaurant that prepares and serves them fresh every day with all sorts of creative fillings is a find...Read More

  • 9. Café Santa Rosa

    $ | Westside | Mexican

    For wonderful Indian fry bread—large, round pieces of dough taken fresh from the hot oil and served with sweet or savory toppings like honey...Read More

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