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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... Read More
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 oldest Mexican food restaurant in the country continually operated by the same family. That heritage remains strong today with a commitment to fresh, authentic Sonoran cuisine and Tucson-style Mexican food. Stop by the adjacent cantina, with its pleasant outdoor seating, and enjoy one of the finest margaritas in town. Then, have classic meals such as carne asada or carne seca beef marinated in lime and garlic. A small gift shop inside sells an assortment of Southwestern gifts. Reservations suggested on weekends.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants, Mexican Because: El Charro Cafe is a must-visit foodie destination when in Tucson, the perfect spot for celebrating Tucson's rich Mexican food legacy.
- Best for Group Friendly Because: El Charro Cafe has a large, family-friendly dining room and a menu full of traditional Sonoran-style Mexican food specialties.
- Best for Southwestern Because: El Charro Cafe is a southwestern institution with a menu full of Mexican classics.
- Best for Family Friendly Because: El Charro is the city's oldest and most popular family-run Mexican food restaurant, ideal for a family outing.