10 Best Lunch Spots in Tucson: Midday Meals to Savor

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Tucson
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Looking to grab lunch in Tucson? Whether you need to get a quick bite before going back to work, or would like to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch, Tucson's favorite lunch spots aim to please. Stop by Cafe Poca Cosa for a gourmet yet unpretentious lunch at one of the city's best and most beloved Mexican food restaurants. The menu changes twice daily and relies on the best seasonal ingredients for the freshest, fullest flavors. Another Tucson favorite is Beyond Bread, a local chain specializing in freshly made sandwiches, soups and pastry items. The atmosphere here is friendly and the sandwiches are to die for. If you're looking...  Read more »

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    Cafe Poca Cosa

    Cafe Poca Cosa is Tucson's perennial critical darling, an upscale Mexican cafe known for fresh, creative Mexican fare.

    Local Expert Tip: "For lighter lunch fare, head to the satellite cafe down the street. "

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    Cup Cafe

    Cupe Cafe is downtown's Tucson award-winning cafe, featuring a full bar, dining room and plaza seating.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the build your-own Bloody Mary bar."

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    Calle Tepa

    Calle Tepa is a fast-casual Mexican food restaurant in midtown known for its fresh, gourmet take on Mexican classics like tortas and tacos.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the ice-cold margarita, pure perfection."

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    Feast is Tucson's venerable gourmet carry-out restaurant, offering diner's exquisite meals for either dining in or taking out.

    Local Expert Tip: "Feast offers vegetarian dishes and a number of gluten-free options as well as diabetic-friendly choices."

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    Tucson Tamale Company

    The Tucson Tamale Company's huge selection of gourmet tamales will appeal to a wide variety of tastes and preferences.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take a dozen--or two dozen--tamales home with you. The Tucson Tamale Company specializes in special orders too."

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    Beyond Bread

    • Cuisine: American, Bakery
    • Average Main Course Price: $7
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Beyond Bread is Tucson's favorite local chain, making hand-crafted breads, sandwiches, soups, fresh salads...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave without paying a visit to the pastry counter. "

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    Govinda Natural Foods Buffet

    • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Govinda's Natural Foods buffet offers a unique and delectable buffet of wholesome delicious foods that even a carnivore can fall in love with.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the delicious Sunday brunch."

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    Cafe a la C'Art

    Cafe a la C'art is a charming downtown lunch spot for a gourmet meal that won't break the budget.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by for the weekend lunch if you can, which features unique offerings like the gingered apricot almond chicken croissant."

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    HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

    Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery is a downtown foodie hangout with modern American comfort food starters and small plates.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour every day from 4 to 5 pm."

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    Eegee's is a Tucson staple, famous for its affordable subs, sides and popular "eegee" fruit slushy creations.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the "eegee," a fruity slushy creation that is unique to this local Tucson chain."



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