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.
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.