10 Best Homestyle Restaurants in Tucson: Mouth-Watering Eats in the Old Pueblo

Tucson's answer to the classic greasy spoon diner is Bobo's, a cozy cafe on busy Grant Road that has been serving generations of Tucsonans. Not only will you find classic breakfast combos like two eggs with a side of crispy bacon, it's also a good place to dig into a freshly-baked pie.

If you're looking to satisfy your cravings for comfort food, look no further than The Fix. The small eatery, located near the University of Arizona campus, specializes in creamy, homemade mac and cheese. The restaurant dishes out bowls of specialty mac and cheese, including southwestern, Italian, and classic straight-up Cheddar varieties. 

For a unique take on classic breakfast and lunch diner fare, schedule in a stop at Mother Hubbard's Cafe. This small cafe specializes in Southwestern comfort food that you just won't find anywhere else. Case in point: the green corn waffles, which are the perfect combination of sweet and zesty. The seasonal menu is always changing and evolving. But make sure you try the homemade pumpkin empanadas or red mole French toast if you see them on the menu. They are guaranteed to make your taste buds sing.

For simple, down-home Mexican food that is cooked with skill and loaded with flavor, swing by Maico's Mexican Food on 22nd street near downtown Tucson. This tiny take-out restaurant is a revelation, proving you don't need a fancy dining room to eat well.




Mac and Cheese lovers, be warned: stepping inside the dining room of Tucson's The Fix can be an overwhelming experience. This is a small eatery with a big menu, with dozens of takes on the classic Mac and Cheese bowl. Whether you're craving...  Read More

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 ingredients. The breakfast menu is...  Read More

If diner food is your thing, Little Anthony's Diner in Tucson specializes in highly craveable breakfast, lunch and dinner plates that will satisfy your hunger for Americana fare. Tempting starters include deep fried mac and cheese, nachos,...  Read More

This unassuming little take-out restaurant on busy 22nd Street near downtown Tucson has some of the best take-out Mexican food in the city. You'll find low-priced delicious food that doesn't skimp on flavor. All the usual suspects are on the...  Read More

Corned beef hash and eggs is the favorite at Robert's, with good reason. It's the real thing! Of course there are other options, including just about every conceivable combination of eggs and breakfast meats is on the menu, along with plenty of...  Read More

Baja Cafe is a hidden gem in midtown Tucson. The small cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, but it's well worth seeking out when you're craving an authentic southwestern meal. The colorful cafe has indoor seating and a shaded patio with...  Read More

You won't find elegant dining rooms at Frank's, but that alone is part of this mid-century diner's charm. A long-time Tucson staple and one of the oldest diners in town, Frank's Restaurant is famous for its fast, friendly take on breakfast and...  Read More

This beach-inspired neighborhood cafe brings the spirit and attitude of the beach to the sunny deserts of Tucson. Sunny Daze Cafe dishes out a great breakfast, with a huge selection of classics including hotcakes, french toast, waffles,...  Read More

Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson offers home style and country breakfasts in a friendly neighborhood dining environment. This local greasy spoon is a favorite with breakfast-lovers looking for hot, tasty breakfast platters. You'll find the usual...  Read More


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