Category: Food + Drink

Grab & Go

A close up of a woman wearing a bright yellow top holding a platter of tamales.

Enjoy Tucson’s best takeout in picnic-perfect settings Experience a year-round phenomenon in Southern Arizona…picnics! Let local delis and markets do the heavy lifting so your crew can stay in vacation mode. And stay outside. Because really, what’s more Arizonan than sharing a meal surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert? Up your alfresco game… Read more »

The Patio, Please: 10 Perfect Restaurant Patios

Two adult couples and one young child enjoy an Italian feast on the patio at Caruso's in Tucson, AZ.

By Elise McClain Tucson is home to some of the Southwest’s most breathtaking outdoor spaces. Why not take it all in over a delicious meal? From bohemian patios to epic courtyards, enjoy stunning views, great food, and unparalleled ambiance at one of these 10 spectacular restaurant patios. Caruso’s Italian Restaurant Dine on a patio that… Read more »

South Tucson, a Community of Culture and Cuisine

A colorful collection of mosaics and murals found around South Tucson, Arizona.

Story and Photography by C. Jill Hofer The city of South Tucson is a one-of-a-kind enclave, nestled entirely within the Tucson city limits. Those yet to discover this tiny municipality are in for a big surprise. Affectionately known as the Pueblo within a city, South Tucson boasts a triple crown of community, cuisine, and culture…. Read more »

Shopping Beyond an International Aisle

Lee Lee International Supermarket

Discover the top diverse grocery stores in Tucson By Mekayla Phan Whether you want to step out of your culinary comfort zone or are looking to find your favorite speciality ingredient, Tucson has a number of ethnic grocery stores that cater to all of our culturally diverse communities. Discover some of the top recommended markets… Read more »

TG Eats: Roasted Squash with Agave Pantry

| By Amanda Oien |Photography by Brielle Farmer| Video by Amanda Oien, Brielle Farmer Shazieh Gorji was born to an Iranian family in Pakistan and, after studying ceramics in Vermont and attending culinary and baking school in Tucson, Gorji decided to make the Old Pueblo her home in 2012. Six years later, Agave Pantry was… Read more »

The Smell of Fall: Green Chile Roasting

A pile of bright green chiles

| By Amanda Oien| Video by Amanda Oien & Brielle Farmer Crunchy leaves, crisp air and flannels are what most people think of when it comes to Fall. Not in Southern Arizona, though. Growing up, I knew Fall was here when I smelled the warm breeze of roasting green chiles. Now that is Fall.  Heirloom… Read more »

Tucson’s Moveable Feast

Why sit in one place all night when there is so much to savor?| By Louie Christensen You can find plenty of restaurants scattered across the Southwest that will wow you, from Phoenix’s award-winning Tarbell’s to Santa Fe’s fabulous Pantry Restaurant. But there are very few cities in the western sprawl where foodies can walk… Read more »

Dining Guide

Dollar amounts correspond to average per-meal price. Smoking is not permitted in most Tucson restaurants, by city ordinance. CENTRAL NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST Featured Places Tavolino Ristorante Italiano Tavolino Ristorante Italiano in the Tucson foothills would be a great fit for the Food Channel. It’s a lovely restaurant, with an open kitchen and a romantic… Read more »

Tasteful Settings

Please your eyes and your tastebuds at these 3 local favorites | By Edie Jarolim With its sweeping desert vistas and graceful historic buildings, Tucson is known for its distinctive sense of place. Its complex mix of culinary traditions also creates a distinctive sense of taste—one that helped earn Tucson a designation by UNESCO as the first… Read more »

Mix It Up: Tucson Nightlife

Pull up a barstool and sip on a craft cocktail at these six Tucson waterholes. | By Edie Jarolim Potent potables raised to an art form, craft cocktails bring out the inner geek in many imbibers. Whether re-creating historic recipes or doing contemporary riffs on the tried-and-true, these drinks are exceptionally detail-oriented, down to the shape of… Read more »