Best Tucson, AZ Restaurants

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    10. Feast

    People don't simply talk about Feast, they enthuse. The concept seems simple enough: excellent gourmet food (but nothing too experimental), reasonable prices, and the option to dine in or take out. The menu changes...

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    9. El Charro Cafe

    The original El Charro, founded in 1922, is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Tucson; the original owner, Monica Flin, is said to have invented the chimichanga. The restaurant also claims the impressive title of...

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    8. Pasco Kitchen & Lounge

    Pasco Kitchen & Lounge describes its menu as "urban farm fare." We call it delicious. Traditional American comfort food and drink are crafted from the freshest ingredients, most of them sourced from local farms....

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    7. Wildflower

    This stylish cafe, full of sleek furnishings and modern art, has a reputation for understated elegance and great food. Take in breathtaking mountain scenery from the attractive patio while enjoying dishes that range...

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    6. 47 Scott

    This neighborhood bistro is a relative newcomer to the Downtown Tucson dining scene, but it has made quite a splash with its take on modern American comfort food, eclectic wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and micro...

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    5. Prep and Pastry

    Prep and Pastry opened in 2013, announcing itself as a "craft" breakfast, lunch and brunch destination in central Tucson. Essentially, this means dishes are made from scratch and crafted from locally sourced...

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    3. Cafe Poca Cosa

    Chef and owner Susana Davila creates her own unique spin on Mexican cuisine, featuring techniques and ingredients borrowed from several regions. Cafe Poca Cosa has a menu that changes daily, but the specialties...

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    2. Cup Cafe

    The trendy Hotel Congress has a happening little cafe that serves what many consider to be the best breakfast around. All the familiar favorites are offered, along with some more creative options such as the Boom...

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    1. The Coronet

    The Coronet is a brasserie-style cafe situated at the historic Coronado Hotel near downtown Tucson. The restaurant serves old world rustic cuisine with a big comfy patio, plenty of shade, quiet music playing the...

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About Tucson, AZ Restaurants

Slowly but surely, Tucson has been building a steady reputation as a foodie destination. There's no disputing that some of the best Mexican food in the country is found in the cafes and restaurants of the Old Pueblo. In fact, sometimes it seems like every corner in town has a great mom-and-pop Mexican restaurant dishing out amazing enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and of course, the homegrown Sonoran hot dog. But there's more to Tucson than great Mexican food (although that's more than enough reason to stop by for lunch). Tucson is also home to award-winning bistros, artsy sidewalk cafes and great Southwestern-inspired comfort food. Tucson's restaurants are as eclectic and unique as the city itself.

About Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.

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