Best Tucson, AZ Restaurants

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    9. 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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    8. 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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    7. 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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    6. Wildflower Grill

    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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    5. Calle Tepa

    Inspired by the colorful streets of Tepatitlan, Jalisco in Mexico, Calle Tepa is Tucson's latest and greatest Mexican cafe. In a city full of great Mexican food, Calle Tepa manages to stand out from the pack for its...

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    4. Tavolino

    Tiny and trendy, Tavolino is one restaurant where reservations are an absolute must. Northern Italian cuisine is the specialty, with homemade pastas and grilled meats being the main choices. The logical appetizer...

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    2. 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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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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