All local flavors and dishes

Feature Story — Fall/Winter 2018

Dining Guide

Dollar amounts correspond to average per-meal price. Smoking is not permitted in most Tucson restaurants, by city ordinance.

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 patio. Massimo Tenino, the handsome Tuscan-born chef-owner, could be filmed in front of the wood-fired oven, while his brother, who runs a winery in Piedmont, Italy, could handle the wine segments. Ratings would go through the roof–but it’s even better to have the real deal in town.

The Parish Gastropub

Like a good parishioner, we joined the large flock of Tucsonans seeking something unique and flavorful. The Parish Gastropub transported us elsewhere…tout de suite! Music, local art, and chatter mingled with teasing, spicy, mouthwatering aromas. As we waited on a pew in Tucson, I chose to believe we were about to witness Mardi Gras live and in person. Seek and ye shall find.

Big Nose Kate’s Saloon

The historic watering hole in Tombstone known as Big Nose Kate’s Saloon is jam-packed with entertainment and enough ambiance to transport anyone back to the unbridled days of the Old West. Big Nose Kate is most infamous for her tumultuous relationship with Doc Holliday, but her tough attitude toward working the prostitution business is really what set her apart from the women of her time. Step into the saloon today for sights–and tastes–of the past.

Cafe Margarita

Located in the heart of Tombstone alongside many of the town’s historical attractions, stop in to Cafe Margarita to cool down and relax for a bite to eat with freshly-made horchata and authentic chile relleno. After a thrilling reenactment of Wyatt Earp’s legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral, kick back with a hand-blended cactus margarita made with top shelf tequila, or savor some spumone gelato for a cold treat on a hot day. No matter what you get, Cafe Margarita promises genuine Mexican and Italian dishes made with the best ingredients.

Eclectic Café

Café/Bistro
Contemporary decor and New American cuisine combine with fresh ingredients to create daily specials, including Mexican entrées, homemade soups, a large array of pasta and salads, and homemade desserts. Breakfast on weekends. Patio dining available. Take-out and catering.

520-433-4346
7053 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
eclecticcafetucson.com

The Longhorn Restaurant

For a true taste of the Wild West, look no further than The Longhorn Restaurant. The oldest continually operated restaurant in Tombstone, the Longhorn serves up broiled Black Angus steaks, mesquite smoked pork ribs, Mexican classics, and more in a fun, historic setting. And don’t forget to save room for dessert—we hear the Death by Chocolate is to die for.

520-457-3405
501 E. Allen Street.
thelonghornrestaurant.com

Oregano’s Pizza Bistro

Here’s something that’s hard to argue with: the key to happiness is friends, good food, and music. At Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, this philosophy, inherited from the founder’s father, gets credit for the genuine sense of joy that accompanies each meal at this beloved local chain. Pizza is the name of the game, but everything on their large menu of pizza, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts deserves a try.

520-327-8955
4900 E. Speedway
oreganos.com

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47 Scott

American
This neighborhood bistro in downtown Tucson features modern American comfort food, eclectic wines, microbrewed beers, and handcrafted cocktails, as well as urban decor, comfortable bar and booth seating, and a large outdoor brick patio.

520-624-4747
47 N. Scott Ave.
47scott.com
$$–$$$

5 Points Market & Restaurant

American
A perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, this neighborhood joint serves up made-from-scratch favorites using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Numerous vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items are also on the menu.

520-623-3888
756 S. Stone Ave.
5pointstucson.com
$

Ali Baba Restaurant & Market

Mediterranean
You won’t need a genie to tell you that this quaint, casual restaurant is a favorite among locals. The menu features Mediterranean specialties, including kebbeh (beef), kafta (lamb), seafood, couscous, and lots of vegetarian choices.

520-319-2559
2545 E Speedway Blvd Ste 125
https://www.loc8nearme.com/arizona/tucson/alibaba-restaurant/3365298/
$

Arizona Inn

Continental
Legendary service, a historic setting, and one of Tucson’s top-rated restaurants. The chef’s seasonal menus and special selections made from the freshest ingredients will entice you to return again and again. Try the homemade ginger creams and imaginative desserts while enjoying a view of elegant gardens.

520-325-1541
2200 E. Elm St.
arizonainn.com
$$-$$$$

Athens on 4th Avenue

Greek
Visit this charming Hellenic bistro for an unforgettable dining experience. Favorite artisan dishes include fresh fish and seafood, vegetarian specialties, and handcrafted desserts. Entrées are prepared with extra-virgin olive oil, imported cheeses, and wine.

520-624-6886
500 N. 4th Ave.
athenson4thave.com
$$

Bangkok Cafe

Thai
Tour the tastes of Thailand with an exotic fusion of spicy and savory dishes, including salads, soups, seafood, curries, and vegetarian selections. Specialties include satay with peanut sauce and spicy basil chicken. Open for lunch and dinner, with take-out available and a full bar.

520-323-6555
2511 E. Speedway Blvd.
bangkokcafe.net
$-$$

Barrio Brewing Company

Pub
This converted warehouse boasts 10–12 brews on tap, including NCAAle—brewed seasonally for Wildcats basketball. Join UA sports fans here on game days, and enjoy 2–3 seasonal beers on tap. Pair brews with warm spinach dip or carne asada tacos.

520-791-2739
800 E. 16th St.
barriobrewing.com
$

Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea

Café
Specialties are fresh salads, soups, and an extensive breakfast menu. Light-fare items include quiches, salads, and sandwiches. A variety of hot or iced espresso/coffee drinks is served in this relaxed, no-hurry atmosphere. Catering available.

520-795-0338
1730 E. Speedway Blvd.
bentleyscoffeehouse.com
$

Bisbee Breakfast Club

Café
You won’t miss out on the most important meal of the day at this eatery, which serves breakfast and lunch all week until 3 p.m. Try the Blue Wally Cakes: blueberry-walnut pancakes served with maple syrup.

520-432-5885, 75A Erie St. (Bisbee); 520-579-7495, 4131 W. Ina Rd.; 520-329-8769, 4811 E. Sunrise Dr., Ste. 165; 520-327-0029, 2936 E. Broadway Blvd.
bisbeebreakfastclub.com
$

Bison Witches

Deli/Bar
Meet your friends at this unique bar without having to eat bar food. Enjoy grilled deli sandwiches, bread-bowl soups, salads, and appetizers. Full bar includes microbrews, imported beers, and daily drink specials.

520-740-1541
326 N. 4th Ave.
bisonwitches.com
$

Blue Willow Restaurant, Gift Shop & Bakery

Café
A Tucson tradition serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Enjoy patio dining, delicious desserts, and the nifty gift shop. Sample the well-known breakfast specialties, including huevos rancheros and scrambled tofu, or the nightly dinner specials.

520-327-7577
2616 N. Campbell Ave.
bluewillowtucson.com
$

Bob Dobbs Bar & Grill

American/Grill
Some would argue it’s the festive patio, friendly neighborhood crowd, and casual atmosphere that make this one of Tucson’s most popular sports bars. But those who really know the secret to Bob Dobbs’ success point to one thing, and one thing only: the Bob Burger.

520-325-3767
2501 E. 6th St.
bobdobbs.net
$

Brooklyn Pizza Company

Italian
Step into this café atmosphere for a taste of the Big Apple right here in Tucson. Enjoy hand-tossed pizzas, breakfast calzones, salads, garlic knots, and hero sandwiches. Finish your meal with homemade Italian ice or gelato. Lunch specials and discounts daily. 100% solar powered.

520-622-6868
534 N. 4th Ave.
brooklynpizzacompany.com
$

Brushfire BBQ Co.

American/Grill
You won’t find red-and-white-checked tablecloths at this modern barbecue restaurant. The fire-painted walls signify what they do best. From salmon to pork, smoked meats and brisket can be ordered as a meal, by the pound, or on a sandwich, and topped with one of 6 homemade sauces.

520-624-3223
520-624-3223, 2745 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-867-6050, 7080 E. 22nd St.
brushfirebbq.com
$–$$

Café à la C’Art

Café
Luncheon items include a salmon club, soups, hamburgers with seasoned fries, fresh salads, amazing pastries, and more. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Many guests enjoy dining alfresco overlooking the Tucson Museum of Art’s lush courtyard.

520-628-8533
150 N. Main Ave.
cafealacarttucson.com
$

Café Passé

Café
Try a ham-and-Brie sandwich or housemade scone at this popular European-style café, or simply relax on the spacious patio and sip an espresso. In the evening, come by for a light dinner and a cocktail made with house-infused liquor and stick around for live jazz, folk, or blues.

520-624-4411
415 N. 4th Ave.
cafepasse.com
$

Café Poca Cosa

Mexican
This restaurant has become one of the leaders in classy Mexican cuisine. Homemade dishes: beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetarian. Home-style lunch and dinner menu changes twice daily. For breakfast or lunch, try The Little One at 151 N. Stone Ave.

520-622-6400
110 E. Pennington St.
cafepocacosatucson.com
$$$

Caffé Lucé Coffee Roasting Company

Café
Catch a glimpse of what it takes to make gourmet coffee at this traditional “roasteria.” Try the Aztec Mocha—an espresso drink blended with steamed milk, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pastries and other breakfast goodies complement the Arabica coffee roasted in-house.

520-207-5504, 943 E. University Blvd. #191; 520-395-0266, 4205 N. Campbell Ave.
caffeluce.com
$

Caruso’s Restaurant

Italian
Popular in Tucson since the 1930s, Caruso’s specializes in southern Italian cooking that includes lasagna al forno, shrimp marinara, eggplant parmigiana, and, of course, pizza. Wine and beer are served, and the patio is lovely.

520-624-5765
434 N. 4th Ave.
carusositalian.com
$-$$

Casa Molina

Mexican
There’s a reason the first Casa Molina has been serving devoted customers for more than 60 years and the other locations are always busy. The food sets a standard that others only try to match—examples are the carne seca, the chiles rellenos, and the chimichangas. Margaritas are the house specialty.

520-326-6663, 4240 E. Grant Rd.; 520-795-7593, 3001 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-886-5468, 6225 E. Speedway Blvd.
casamolina.com
$$-$$$

Charro Steak

Mexican
From the same family who opened the iconic El Charro Café in 1922, Charro Steak is a ranch-to-table steakhouse serving up only the best cuts of local beef with a Mexican flair. Pair your meal with any of the many delicious tequilas, wines, and whiskeys.

520-485-1922
188 E. Broadway Blvd.
charrosteak.com
$$–$$$$

Cup Café

Café
This hip downtown hot spot in historic Hotel Congress offers eclectic fare with Southwestern influences, such as Mission Street tacos, plus a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. The desserts, homemade and delightful, are as original as the art on the walls.

520-798-1618
311 E. Congress St.
hotelcongress.com/food
$$$

Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant

Southwestern Grill
Comfort food, garden patios, a full bar, and live jazz have made this 1860s landmark adobe a local favorite for decades. Enjoy penne, shrimp, charred poblanos and cream, and Cajun meatloaf with ancho-maple glaze. Stop for a drink before a concert at the Convention Center. Family-owned since 1972.

520-622-7984
198 W. Cushing St.
cushingstreet.com
$–$$

Diablo Burger

American
Feast on grass-fed beef burgers and Belgian-style frites while looking out onto Congress Street. This local burger joint serves up the freshest ingredients in a 250-mile radius, charbroiled to perfection with seasonal greens between handmade, branded English muffins.

520-882-2007
312 E. Congress St.
diabloburger.com
$$

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails

International
Renowned chef Janos Wilder plants his roots downtown with a worldly dining concept. The seasonal menu features such exotic items as the Thai curry with coconut-milk soup and crisp, griddled porchetta, polenta, and fennel citrus slaw,, plus a host of sexy cocktails.

520-623-7700
135 S. 6th Ave.
downtownkitchen.com
$$$-$$$$

El Berraco

Mexican/Seafood
A fusion of authentic and innovative, El Berraco offers high-quality seafood inspired by spicy Latin cuisine. Tangy flavors and bold spices make their ceviche stand out and their tostadas pop.

520-620-9828
2960 N. 1st Ave.
el-berraco.com
$$$

Elvira’s Restaurant

Mexican
80 years young, Elvira’s brings its spirited cuisine to Tubac and Tucson. With vibrant colors and an extensive tequila bar, every night is a fiesta! Top that off with a legendary menu famous for its chiles rellenos and mango sea bass, and you’re destined for a deliciously fun time.

520-398-9421 (Tubac), 2221 E. Frontage Rd., Bldg. A-101; 520-499-2302, 256 E. Congress St.
$$

Empire Pizza & Pub

Italian
Try fresh-from-scratch New York-style pizza sans the attitude in this old-fashioned downtown pizzeria. Offering both slices and whole pizzas from traditional pepperoni to barbecue-chicken-and-pesto, the seasoned chefs know how to make their pies, along with satisfying subs, salads, and handmade cheesecake.

520-882-7499
137 E. Congress St.
empirepizzapub.com
$

Epic Cafe

Café/Bistro
This neighborhood café serves fresh-baked pastries and pies, some of the best coffee and specialty beverages in Tucson, and inventive pastas, soups, and sandwiches, in a comfortable atmosphere complete with Wi-Fi. Vegetarian and vegan fare. Specialties include Mile-High Apple Pie and scones. Omelette bar and breakfast burritos on Sat. and Sun. 6 a.m.–1 p.m.

520-624-6844
745 N. 4th Ave.
$

Feast

Café/Bistro
Formerly chef at The Dish, owner Doug Levy offers an exciting and ever-changing international dine-in and carryout menu that includes Mediterranean, Asian, and regional American cuisine. Choose from more than 400 wines, and sample the intriguing homemade ice cream. Catering available.

520-326-9363
3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
eatatfeast.com
$$-$$$

Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks and Sandwiches

Deli
Enjoy a warm, authentic Frankie’s cheesesteak made with certified Angus beef and a host of toppings, such as roasted peppers and sautéed mushrooms, served on an Amoroso roll (they’re imported fresh from Philadelphia). Photographs of historic landmarks—reminiscent of The City of Brotherly Love—decorate the walls.

520-795-2665
2574 N. Campbell Ave.
frankiescheesesteaks.com
$

Gee’s Garden Restaurant

Asian/Pacific Rim
With comfortable Asian decor and authentic food, enjoy a taste of China right here in Tucson. Gee’s offers affordable Asian specialties, including dim sum, Peking duck, and sweet-and-sour soup. Save room for a bowl of traditional Japanese dessert: green-tea and red-bean ice cream.

520-325-5353
1145 N. Alvernon Way
geesgardentucson.com
$$

Good Oak Bar

American/Grill
With a rotating selection of Arizona craft beers, Good Oak aims to create a unique bar that embodies Tucson’s creative and bold spirit. Food choices feature local-based pub fare from Diablo Burger.

520-882-2007
316 E. Congress St.
$$

Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet

Vegetarian
Relax in a resortlike atmosphere—complete with fountains, waterfalls, aviaries, and a koi pond—while enjoying international vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Specialties include spinach phyllo, eggplant Parmesan, quiches, veggie burgers, an organic salad bar, and tasty desserts such as carrot cake and mango cheesecake.

520-792-0630
711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
govindasoftucson.com
$

Graze Premium Burgers

American/Grill
Graze, where you can get a burger made with Niman Ranch antibiotic-, hormone-free beef, prides itself on being a healthier option to fast-food burger joints. Grab some fresh-cut fries and organic soft serve to complete your meal.

520-269-6888
2721 E. Speedway Blvd.
$

HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

American/Grill
Three all-American favorites bask in the limelight here: meat, ice cream, and beer. Dressed-up comfort foods prevail, including pot pie, mac ‘n’ cheese, and home-pickled corned beef or pastrami. Homemade ice cream and 24 microbrews on tap sweeten the deal.

520-207-8201
266 E. Congress St.
hubdowntown.com
$$

Ike’s Coffee & Tea

Café
Cappuccino is the specialty at this Seattle-style coffeehouse—double espresso enriched with steamed milk, topped with frothed milk, and dusted with cinnamon or chocolate. Gourmet whole-bean and ground coffees. Unique omelettes, sandwiches, desserts, and pastries. Fine coffee and tea accessories. Free Wi-Fi.

520-792-1800
100 N. Stone Ave.
$

India Oven

Indian
You don’t need a passport to sample some of the exotic, flavorful dishes hailing from Punjab at this sizzling hot spot. Choose the heat intensity of your order, then sit back and relax in this tranquil, family-owned restaurant. Specialities include chicken masala, lamb vindaloo, buna, and samosa.

520-326-8635
2727 N. Campbell Ave.
$-$$

Kababeque Indian Grill

Indian
For fast and friendly Indian food and service, stop by this authentic eatery near the U of A. Featuring chicken tikka masala, naan cooked in a tandoor—or clay oven—and homemade paneer (cottage cheese) wraps. Cool off with a mango-strawberry lassi, an Indian smoothie made with yogurt.

520-388-4500
845 E. University Blvd. #185
kababequeindiangrill.com
$

Kazoku

Asian
Meaning “family” in Japanese, Kazoku is owned and operated by an aunt–nephew team who make patrons feel at home in this friendly neighborhood spot. Serving up Japanese standards—both cooked and raw—as well as some Korean dishes. On weekdays before 5 p.m., order sushi combinations divided into crunchy, spicy, and vegetarian categories.

520-777-6249
4210 E. Speedway Blvd.
kazokurestaurant.com
$$

King’s Restaurant

Asian
One of Tucson’s best-kept dining secrets, King’s serves up some of the best Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine in town. Stop in on Thursdays when all chicken dishes are $6.75.

520-829-7214
10 W. Grant Rd.
kingstucson.com
$

Kingfisher Bar & Grill

American/Grill/Seafood
A seasonally changing, standout menu featuring fresh seafood, in-house smoked specialties, regional dishes, and varietal oysters. The bar is a local favorite for happy hour and late-night bites. Perennial winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

520-323-7739
2564 E. Grant Rd.
kingfishertucson.com
$$$

Korea House Restaurant

Asian/Pacific Rim
Choose tabletop dining or traditional floor seating at this authentic Korean eatery. The house specialty, bulgogi, includes fresh vegetables and marinated beef prepared over an open fire. The menu also features spicy soups, stir fry, and vegetarian dishes.

520-325-4377
4030 E. Speedway Blvd.
koreahouserestaurant.net
$$-$$$

Lerua’s Fine Mexican Food

Mexican
Since 1922, offering fine Sonoran-style specialties, among them prize-winning green corn tamales. Other specialties are homemade flan, fresh shrimp ceviche, and carne seca. Lerua’s will cater your party, whether it’s for 10 or 1,000 guests.

520-624-0322
2005 E. Broadway Blvd.
leruasfinemexicanfoods.com
$

Lindy’s Diner on 4th

American
Experience the best in huge—and we mean huge—specialty burgers. Choose from the OMG (3 pounds of beef and 6 slices of cheese), the Dirty Sanchez (with guacamole, pepper-jack cheese, and green chiles), and the Velvet Hammer (with a fried egg and Lindy’s special sauce).

520-207-6970
500 N. Fourth Ave.
$

Lucky Wishbone

American
Ask any Tucson native about this order-at-the-counter eatery and they’ll probably list it among their favorite local joints. The menu, specializing in all things fried, offers such choices as chicken fingers, steak fingers, fish fingers, and shrimp. And don’t forget the side of french fries, creamy coleslaw, and buttery Texas toast.

520-294-7607, 5220 S. Nogales Hwy.; 520-327-5679, 4701 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-323-9329, 2545 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-887-9160, 3979 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-296-9008, 990 S. Harrison Rd.; 520-327-0911, 2712 E. 22nd St.; 520-622-2588, 1465 W. Silverlake Rd.
luckywishbone.com
$

Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros

Italian
What makes Mama’s famous? The size of its pies. An individual slice is enough to feed two people, and its family-size pizza could easily feed 10. In case that’s not enough, Mama’s also serves a variety of tasty salads, pastas, and calzones, as well as homemade gluten-free cheesecake. Catering available.

520-319-8856, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-750-1919, 6996 E. 22nd St.; 520-297-3993, 7965 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-751-4600, 50 S. Houghton Rd.
mamasfamous.com
$

Mariscos Chihuahua

Mexican
For fast, but really great, Mexican food, try this Tucson favorite specializing in seafood. Mariscos serves up tasty shrimp cocktail, ceviche tostada, and fresh seasonal fish. If you’re lucky, a mariachi band might stroll through. Some locations offer outdoor dining.

520-623-3563, 1009 N. Grande Ave.; 520-884-3457, 356 E. Grant Rd.; 520-326-1529, 2902 E. 22nd St.; 520-741-0361, 3901 S. 6th Ave.; 520-881-2372, 999 N. Swan Rd.
mariscoschihuahuatucson.com
$–$$

Maverick King of Clubs

American/Grill
Dinner and dancing is what makes this upscale cowboy eatery/country-Western club a favorite since 1962. Two-step to live music, then sit down and delight in the “best burger west of the Rincon Mountains,” as well as other daily specials created by Chef Shorty.

520-298-0430
6622 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
mavericktucson.com
$

May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles

American
Touting fried chicken and waffles, okra, corn bread, and more, this Southern-style restaurant also offers a full bar. Breakfast is served all day, and those looking to stay away from all things crispy can order healthful salads.

520-327-2421
2945 E. Speedway Blvd.
maystucson.com
$$

Maynards Market & Kitchen

French Bistro
A market and counter-service lunch spot by day and a table-service restaurant by night. Select from fresh produce, wines, and other market goodies; grab lunch to go; chat with the downtown crowd over coffee; or enjoy the French-inspired dinner menu in the “kitchen,” featuring fresh seafood and steak tartare.

520-545-0577
400 N. Toole Ave.
maynardstucson.com
$-$$$$

Mi Nidito

Mexican
Located in South Tucson and serving hungry patrons since 1952, Mi Nidito (my little nest) offers a variety of authentic Sonoran dishes, including chimichangas, topopos, flautas, burros, and some of the best chiles rellenos in town. The hefty President’s Plate commemorates President Clinton’s 1999 visit.

520-622-5081
1813 S. 4th Ave.
minidito.net
$$

MiAn Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine

Asian
Sleek and modern décor makes a perfect atmosphere for this sushi restaurant. Find classics like tuna, shrimp, and avocado rolls. Feeling bold? Dine on one of their specialties, such as Casper the friendly Ghost—small octopus, crab, and shishito pepper topped with smoky habanero aioli.

520-882-0001
88 E. Broadway Blvd.
$$–$$$$

Miss Saigon

Vietnamese
One of Tucson’s best-kept secrets. This colorful, youthful restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes, including a selection of freshly made pho (beef noodle soups). After dinner, Miss Saigon’s tea bar provides a relaxing treat with 60 flavors of brew from which to choose.

520-320-9511, 1072 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-884-4778, 47 N. 6th Ave.
misssaigon-tucson.com
$

No Anchovies

Italian
As the name suggests, you won’t find any anchovies here, but you will find a menu full of gourmet pizzas, including the buffalo-wing chicken, Meat-head, and veggie. This renovated restaurant also has a full bar and daily happy hour. Enjoy the large patio and college atmosphere.

520-623-3333
870 E. University Blvd.
noanchoviespizza.com
$

Nook

New American
With local artists showcased throughout the restaurant, friendly service, and unmatched flavors, Nook is a great spot to spend a lazy morning. Enjoy dishes like the Godfather Benedict, a crumpet with a poached egg, prosciutto, arugula, hollandaise sauce, and a balsamic drizzle. In a rush? Grab a snack to go, like the BLTE—bacon, egg, arugula, and tomato jam all in a warm brioche bun.

520-622-6665
1 E. Congress St.
nookdowntown.com
$

Obon Sushi Bar Ramen

Asian
Japanese tradition and modern cooking methods meet in this sophisticated downtown lounge. Sip a Hakushika Junmai Daiginjo sake and pop a signature sushi roll into your mouth—such as the snowflake, zuke salmon, or Tataki Maki—or slurp up a bowl of savory street noodles.

520-485-3590
350 E. Congress St.
obonsushi.com
$$

Pastiche Modern Eatery

American
Upscale, yet warm and casual, Pastiche offers delightful American-based cuisine with world influences. Features smaller-sized, “bistro” portions, an extensive and award-winning wine list, full bar, and private dining rooms. The wine and cheese shop next door carries more than 600 wines.

520-325-3333
3025 N. Campbell Ave.
pasticheme.com
$$$

Penca

Mexican
Taste authentic Central Mexican cuisine in a rustic setting along busy downtown streets. The exotic menu includes fresh fish marinated in chiles and citrus butter then wrapped, steamed, and baked in a banana leaf with homemade pico de gallo. Penca also has a full bar stocked with an extensive tequila menu.

520-203-7681
50 E. Broadway Blvd.
pencarestaurante.com
$$$

Pho 88

Vietnamese
With a large selection of phos dotting the menu, Pho 88 is one of Tucson’s favorite stops for this hearty Vietnamese soup. Add spring rolls and Thai iced tea to complete your meal.

520-881-8883
2744 N. Campbell Ave.
$

PokeZone

Asian
Located in downtown Tucson, this sushi-inspired restaurant draws on Hawaiian influences to deliver customized sushi bowls. Poke is the latest trend in Pacific Rim-fare—the bowl is layered with a bed of rice, noodles, or greens and topped with your choice of vegetables, raw fish, and sauces.

520-207-7318
54 W. Congress St.
pokezonetucson.com
$$

Prep & Pastry

Café
Sip on locally roasted coffee or enjoy a mimosa before digging into decadent dishes like sweet potato hash and the breakfast poutine. With delicious local food, this hip and unique restaurant emanates excellence through each plate.

520-326-7737
3073 N. Campbell Ave.
prepandpastry.com
$–$$

Raging Sage Coffee Roasters

Café
Sip on award-winning coffee roasts and taste delectable pastries, including vegan scones (they happen to be all the rage). The ingredients couldn’t be fresher—the same trees that shade the patio bear fruit for the homemade orange marmalade. Lounge indoors with the savory smell of coffee or outside among the sweet scent of citrus.

520-320-5203
2458 N. Campbell Ave.
ragingsage.com
$

Raijin Ramen

Japanese
This isn’t your typical college food. Raijin Ramen serves up traditional Japanese ramen noodle bowls loaded with tasty toppings. Styles of the ramen soup include tonkotsu, miso, and veggie, and the hearty bowls are topped with authentic ingredients such as tamago (boiled eggs), scallions, pork, and nori (seaweed paper).

520-795-3123
2955 E. Speedway Blvd.
$$-$$$

Reforma Cocina y Cantina

Mexican
Dine in this chic and cozy restaurant that is reforming today’s Mexican dining with carefully sourced sustainable ingredients. Enjoy a delectable selection of tacos, tortas, enchiladas, and more Mexican favorites while sipping on an extensive variety of cocktails, wine, and beer.

520-867-4134
4310 N. Campbell Ave.
reformatucson.com
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Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

Italian
A historic gem in the heart of downtown, Reilly sits in a repurposed funeral home of the same name. Dig into one of 9 handcrafted pizzas while mixing things up with inventive cocktails and a creative dessert, like tiramisu in a jar.

520-882-5550
101 E. Pennington St.
reillypizza.com
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Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria

Italian
For authentic Chicago-style pizza, try Rocco’s deep-dish, stuffed-crust, or thin-crust pizzas. This local favorite has a laid-back atmosphere and features some of the best slices this side of the Windy City. Beer specials and patio dining available.

520-321-1860
2707 E. Broadway Blvd.
roccoslittlechicago.com
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Rosa’s Mexican Food

Mexican
This family restaurant has been a Tucson favorite for 41 years. Sit next to the colorful mural by Francisco Franklin, and enjoy Rosa’s green chile con carne, hearty carne seca tacos, chiles rellenos, or mouthwatering avocado enchiladas. Catering available. Open every day, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

520-325-0362
1750 E. Fort Lowell Rd. #164
rosasmexicanfoodaz.com
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Scordato’s Pizzeria

Italian
This sophisticated pizzeria offers rustic, artisan pizzas by award-winning chef Daniel Scordato, as well as salads and Italian sandwiches. Imported ingredients include fontina, Parmesan-Reggiano, and robiola cheese; prosciutto; and guanciale (cured pork jowl). Don’t miss the panna cotta with fruit compote and cannoli for dessert.

520-529-2700
4911 N. Stone Ave.
scordatospizzeria.com
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Senae Thai Bistro

Asian
The owner of wildly successful Basil Thai in San Francisco is now giving Tucson a taste of Bangkok’s vibrant traditional cuisine. The extensive wine list and signature cocktails pair well with the sophisticated ambiance and dishes such as pad Thai.

520-373-5335
63 E. Congress St.
senaethai.com
$$–$$$

Seven Cups Tea House

Teahouse
This specialty teahouse features Chinese tea grown by farmers in China—from green and white teas to rare blends. Seven Cups has modeled its soothing atmosphere after a traditional Chinese teahouse, complete with rosewood tables and porcelain teapots. Snack on wonderful Japanese pastries, biscotti, or ice cream.

520-881-4072
2516 E. 6th St.
sevencups.com
$

Sher-e-Punjab

Indian
A longtime Tucson favorite, Sher-e-Punjab serves up authentic home-style Indian cuisine, including delectable samosas, fragrant curries, and a host of basmati rices, fresh-from-the-tandoori-oven naans, and various vegetarian items, including palak paneer—fresh spinach and homemade cheese in an intricately spiced sauce—round out the menu. Lunch buffet daily.

520-624-9393
853 E. Grant Rd.
sher-e-punjabtucson.com
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Sinbad’s Restaurant

Middle Eastern/Lebanese
Sinbad’s Mediterranean-style restaurant features mainly Lebanese cuisine that is sure to please your palate. Located near The University of Arizona, Sinbad’s unique dining includes some tasty entrées, such as Sinbad’s Plate and Mashaui. Enjoy a hookah bar as well daily.

520-623-4010
810 E. University Blvd.
tucsonsinbads.com
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Street Taco & Beer Company

Mexican
With more than 100 brews offered and Victor’s Street Seasoning to spice up the tacos and Bloody Marys, this restaurant isn’t your average taco shop. In addition to tacos, find burritos, tortas, Sonoran street dogs, nachos, and more.

520-335-1183
58 W. Congress St.
$

Sushi Garden

Asian
Touting itself as “Tucson’s best food value,” this Japanese-themed restaurant offers a lunch buffet, which includes sushi, tempura, salmon, teriyaki, salads, desserts, and more. Fill up with all-you-can-eat sushi and stick around for happy hour featuring beer and sushi specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun.–Thurs. and 10 p.m.–midnight Fri. and Sat.

520-326-4700, 3048 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-87-SUSHI, Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., Ste. 312
sushigarden.com
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Sushi Ten

Asian/Pacific Rim
Touting a friendly atmosphere and an all-you-can-eat sushi menu, Sushi Ten offers a myriad of specialty rolls, including the Arizona (with cucumber, avocado, carrot, and jalapeño) and the Tiger Eye (featuring squid and salmon). Great happy hour specials.

520-324-0010
4500 E. Speedway Blvd.
sushiten.webs.com
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Takamatsu

Asian
Featuring 3 different seating areas, each with its own menu. Take a seat at the full sushi bar for tempting all-you-can-eat daily specials. Choose from the Korean menu—items are grilled tableside. Or enjoy the talents of teppanyaki chefs as they entertain and prepare meals from the Japanese menu.

520-512-0800
5532 E. Speedway Blvd.
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The Coronet

Café
Located on the southwest corner of the historic Coronado Hotel, The Coronet is a brasserie-style café overlooking Fourth Avenue’s south end. Grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a weekend brunch on the quaint patio, then finish off with a chocolate pecan caramel bite.

520-222-9889
402 E. 9th St.
cafecoronet.com
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The Drunken Chicken

American
Grab your soul food fix with chicken and waffles at this Fourth Avenue eatery. Try the favorites like the tasty chicken strip sandwich, friend deviled eggs, and The Beast—a savory bacon-wrapped waffle-battered chicken strip. Everything is made from scratch, including delectable cheese sauces.

520-617-0000
429 N. 4th Ave.
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The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

Dutch
Seeking sanctuary from the bustling streets surrounding campus? Step into this laid-back restaurant for daily brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour to enjoy some of your favorite dishes and drinks with a European twist. You’ll even find gluten-free and vegetarian options in this gastropub.

520-792-6684
943 E. University Blvd.
thedutchtucson.com
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Time Market

Deli
This neighborhood market serves sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, and other delicious deli fare. Popular picks include the Groovin’ Reuben—corned beef, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island, and coleslaw on rye—and the Chateau Blanc—homemade meat loaf with pepper-jack cheese on a warm onion roll.

520-622-0761
444 E. University Blvd.
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Trident Grill

American/Grill
Get your fill of surf and turf at this favorite sports bar serving up a variety of seafood dishes, burgers, sandwiches, and more. If you’re feeling daring, try the Navy SEAL—a daunting hamburger made with four 1⁄2-pound patties and topped with jalapeños, bacon, and Muenster cheese.

520-795-5755
2033 E. Speedway Blvd.
tridentgrill.com
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Tucson Tamale Company

Mexican
¡Ay, caramba! This inventive tamale joint offers many unusual gourmet tamales, including chipotle beef, black bean and corn, green-chile pork, and vegan spinach and wild mushroom. Order some for lunch, or carry out a couple dozen, and don’t forget some fresh, homemade salsa.

520-305-4760
2545 E. Broadway Blvd.
tucsontamale.com
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Upper Crust Pizza

Italian
Locals don’t come here for the ambiance—only a handful of tables line one wall—but for the homemade, doughy New York-style crust. Watch pizzas and calzones as they slide out of the oven, then dive into specialty pies, like the one made with barbecued chicken.

520-881-7000
1909 E. Grant Rd.
uppercrustpizzatucson.com
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Vero Amore

Italian
This authentic and certified Neapolitan pizzeria boasts sauces, dough, cheese, and dressings made daily. Besides tantalizing pizza, salads, pastas, and panini, it also offers an eclectic variety of small-vineyard wines from Italy.

520-325-4122, Plaza Palomino, 2920 N. Swan Rd.; 520-579-2292, 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.
veroamorepizza.com
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Welcome Diner

Café
Welcome Diner offers an old-school vibe with a contemporary menu. Instead of the classic burgers and milkshakes, the menu has items like the No Way Jose burger with jalapeño relish, chipotle ranch smoked gouda, muenster, and arugula. Pair it with a Hurricane—rum blend and house punch in a mason jar.

520-622-5100
902 E. Broadway Blvd.
welcomediner.net/broadway
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Yoshimatsu

Japanese
Experience unique dining with 2 restaurants under one roof. Place your order at Yoshimatsu’s counter, or try Sushi Matsu, a full-service sushi bar with fresh and original menu items, many of which are vegetarian. Both dining options place an emphasis on healthy eating.

520-320-1574
2741 N. Campbell Ave.
yoshimatsuaz.com
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Zemam’s

Ethiopian
Enjoy spicy Ethiopian cuisine such as doro wat (spicy chicken) or spinach wat (spinach and cottage cheese). Try the Zemam’s plate: three menu items served on injera (flatbread). Although forks are available, eating with fingers is smiled upon. Alcohol not served, but guests may bring their own.

520-323-9928, 2731 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-882-4955, 119 E. Speedway Blvd.
zemams.com
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Arizona Pizza Company

Italian
Enjoy grown-up fun with pool tables, video games, and a full bar—and sample some grown-up food here, too. Healthy pizza toppings include artichoke hearts, broccoli, spinach, and zucchini. Also find salads, sandwiches, and wings.

520-514-0909
5855 E. Broadway Blvd. #114; 520-299-7311, 4955 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
azpizzacompany.com
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Bazil’s

Italian
Family-owned and -operated, Bazil’s offers gourmet dining, great service, and a friendly, casual atmosphere in the Foothills of the Catalinas. Specialties include fettuccine Alfredo, cioppino, chicken rollatini, veal scaloppine, and cracked-peppercorn steak. Opens daily at 5 p.m.

520-577-3322
4777 E. Sunrise Dr.
bazilstucson.com
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Blanco Tacos + Tequila

Mexican
A casual-chic atmosphere, panoramic city views, and a bright dining room make this a popular dinner spot. The menu offers a fresh perspective on Mexican classics. The bar is the focal point of the dining room, offering refreshing signature drinks and margaritas using seasonal fruits, sangria, cocktails, wine, and nearly 30 premium tequilas. Daily happy hour.

520-232-1007
2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 246
foxrc.com
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C.I. Chu’s Mongolian BBQ

Asian
A contemporary Mongolian restaurant that takes traditional notions of the buffet to a new level. Make your selection (beef, chicken, or tofu), then watch a chef cook it up on a hot flat-top grill. Entrées come with soup, rice, and bread. All-you-can-eat after 5 p.m.

520-886-8619
7039 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
$

Chantilly Tea Room

Tearoom
Enjoy the pleasures of afternoon tea, or take in a scrumptious breakfast or bountiful lunch. Choose to dine in the vintage tearoom or outside in the “secret garden” among flowers and a waterfall. Menu items include breakfast bakes, quiches, soups, salads, and desserts.

520-622-3303
5669 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 2201
chantillytea.com
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Chef Alisah’s Restaurant

Bosnian
Mix up your menu and try a new Tucson original: Bosnian cuisine. Order the house specialty, cevapi (Bosnian sausages) or other traditional dishes, such as sarma (stuffed cabbage leaves), and pljeskavica (Bosnian-style hamburgers), with tufalhija (apple cake) and imported Bosnian coffee for dessert.

520-887-5305
5931 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 117
alisahrestaurant.com
$

China-Thai Cuisine

Asian/Pacific Rim
Experience authentic Thai cuisine and Chinese Mandarin and Szechuan-style dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. Pad Thai, salmon-pineapple curry, Bangkok Delight, Siam duck, sesame chicken, Happy Family, Mongolian beef, and seafood combinations available. Top it off with homemade Thai coconut ice cream. Take-out and delivery (limited area) available.

520-885-6860
6546 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
chinathaionline.com
$

Contigo Cocina Cantina

Latin American/Spanish
Take a culinary tour of Buenos Aires—minus the expensive airfare—with such traditional Latin dishes as arepas (corn sliders topped or stuffed with meat, cheese, or seafood) and yerba maté short ribs. Signature cocktails include Poquito Picante—gin, lemon, jalapeño, cilantro, and cucumber.

520-299-1730
1745 E. River Rd.
eatatcontigo.com
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Daisy Mae’s Steakhouse & Lounge

American/Grill
This westside restaurant serves up the finest mesquite-grilled steaks in the state and features spectacular sunset views. Specialties include baby-back ribs that fall off the bone, 14-ounce certified Angus beef rib eye, chicken, and fish. Full bar and sports on large TV. Casual dress indoors and out.

520-792-8888
2735 W. Anklam Rd.
daisymaessteakhouse.com
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El Corral

American
“World Famous Beef and Spirits.” This 75-year-old Tucson favorite is nestled in a historic adobe ranch house with flagstone floors, wood beams, and cozy fireplaces. The house specialty is prime rib. Steak, chicken, and fish are also popular. Don’t miss the Adobe Mud Pie or signature Tamale Pie for dessert.

520-299-6092
2201 E. River Rd.
elcorraltucson.com
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Fire N’ Smoke

American
With a smoker and a pizza oven, what more could you want? Decide between the famous slow-cooked barbecue or wood-fired pizza, or one of the tempting sandwiches, salads, and pastas on the menu. Pair it with a drink from the full bar to complete the meal.

520-300-6686
6502 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
firensmokebbqnpizza.com
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Ghini’s French Caffe

French/Café
Southern French cuisine with an accent on freshness, offering beautiful breakfasts, including eggs Provençale, and lunches featuring sandwiches, pastas, salads, and a daily soup-and-entrée special. A superb selection of boutique wines and beers. Relax on the dog-friendly patio. Enjoy the seasonal bistro menu on Fridays and happy hour 4–6 p.m.

520-326-9095
1803 E. Prince Rd.
ghiniscafe.com
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Ginza Sushi

Asian/Pacific Rim
Taste Japan with fresh sushi and Tucson’s first izakaya menu: Japanese “tapas”-style dishes. Start with the gyoza, pork and shrimp dumplings, or daikon salad. Specialty sushi rolls include the ceviche roll topped with white tuna and the Fujiyama roll decorated with seafood dynamite.

520-529-8877
5425 N. Kolb Rd. #115
ginzatucson.com
$$-$$$

Golden Dragon Restaurant

Asian
The Asian-themed decor and traditional Chinese dishes take diners on a trip to the Orient. With 3 convenient locations, Golden Dragon offers the tried-and-true Chinese favorites, but also serves delicious house specialties such as the Golden Dragon Phoenix and Sizzling Seafood Combination.

520-297-1862, 6433 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-512-1922, 6166 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-299-8088, 4704 E. Sunrise Dr.
goldendragontucson.com
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Guadalajara Grill

Mexican
Relax in this warm atmosphere featuring pale-yellow walls decorated with custom Guadalajaran paintings and historic city images. Enjoy central Mexican cuisine, specializing in salsas prepared tableside and fresh ingredients in all the dishes. Live music every night.

520-323-1022, 1220 E. Prince Rd.; 520-296-1122, 750 N. Kolb Rd.; 520-296-1199, 4901 E. Broadway Blvd.
ggrill.com
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Gusto Osteria

Italian
Looking to try something new? Order Gusto’s own Enchelloni—or Italian “enchilada”—a stuffed shell with chicken, onions, green chiles, tomatoes, and mushrooms, smothered in a cream sauce. Seeking more traditional favorites? Gusto has those, too, from eggplant Parmesan to osso bucco to fettuccine alfredo.

520-722-9487
7153 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
gustotucson.com
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Jonathan’s Cork

Regional American/Southwestern
Award-winning chef/owner Jonathan Landeen presents great food in a casual Southwestern setting. Enjoy Angus beef, buffalo, ostrich, seafood, and fresh fish on the patio. A delightful wine list, homemade desserts, and espresso. Catering available.

520-296-1631
6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
jonathanscork.com
$$$-$$$$

Piazza Gavi

Italian
La locanda degli amici (the place where friends gather) is the slogan of this Southern Italian restaurant. Specialty pizzas with hand-tossed thin crust include spicy Etna (jalapeños, tabasco, pepperoncini, and pepperoni) and Greek baby clam. For dessert, savor chocolate-dipped cannoli, tiramisu, and more.

520-577-1099
5415 N. Kolb Rd.
gavicucina.com
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Putney’s

American
This popular sports bar, serving all-American favorites, was voted Best Sports Bar Menu and Best Burgers by locals. A great selection of deli-style sandwiches and kids’ meals, plus 46 TVs and multiple satellite dishes. Enjoy happy hour and off-track betting, as well as pool tables and other games.

520-575-1767
6090 N. Oracle Rd.
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Queen Sheba

Eritrean
Similar to Ethiopian cuisine, Queen Sheba serves traditional Eritrean-style food. The menu includes proteins like beef, lamb, chicken, alicha (yellow split pea), and beresen (red lentils) mixed with rich spices All items are placed delicately onto a flatbread called injera. Carefully scoop the proteins with the injera to make a flavorful meal. Portion sizes are large, so invite some friends!

520-276-3476
5553 E. Grant Rd.
queenshebatucson.com
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Renee’s Organic Oven

Italian
Fresh ingredients plus unusual recipes make this pizzeria an instant favorite. Spice things up with a Middle Eastern or Thai red curry pie. Serving up homemade organic sauces, pastas, desserts, and made-to-order salads.

520-886-0484
7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
reneesorganicoven.com
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Risky Business

American/Grill
Exciting sports bar and restaurant featuring steaks, ribs, pasta, pizza, seafood, and dessert specialties. Huge on-tap and bottled beer selection, full wine list. More than 20 TVs, with a full range of satellite and cable sports channels, make this a sports haven for fans of every type.

520-577-0021, 6866 E. Sunrise Dr.; 520-749-8555, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd.; 520-584-1610, 250 S. Craycroft Rd.
riskybusinesstucson.com
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Sachiko Sushi

Japanese
An intimate and upscale restaurant offering a complete Japanese menu and sushi bar. Voted one of America’s top restaurants by Zagat Survey. In addition to fresh sushi, popular entrées include tempura, beef and chicken teriyaki, and traditional rice and noodle dishes.

520-886-7000 1101 N. Wilmot Rd.
520-741-1000, 3210 E. Valencia Rd.
sachikosushitucson.com
$$-$$$

Saffron Indian Bistro

Indian
Fusing authentic North Indian cuisine with a modern, upscale atmosphere, Saffron Indian Bistro provides a unique dining experience. Flavorful house specialties include saffron shrimp, lamb chops, and chicken tikka masala. Also serving an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

520-742-9100
7607 N. Oracle Rd. #101
saffronaz.com
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Sakura Teppan Steak & Seafood

Asian
One of the most popular sushi bars in town. Enjoy excellent seafood, as well as steak and chicken teppan cooked to order on a teppanyaki grill. Sports bar, live music nightly, heated patio, and happy hour every day from 4 to 8 p.m. Voted “Best Japanese Restaurant.”

520-298-7777
6534 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
sakura.tritigerdemo.com
$$$

Savaya Coffee Market

Café
Hand-selected beans from organic farms around the world are roasted daily in this popular café. Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup with friends or purchase some to take home. Also look for educational classes and equipment for the ultimate coffee connoisseur. Some locations also offer organic cookies, cakes, and other coffeehouse goodies.

520-747-3200
5350 E. Broadway Blvd. #174; 12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Ste. 102; La Enacantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 274
savayacoffee.com
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Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

Italian
Like a comfortable neighborhood trattoria, Tavolino specializes in simple, elegant food. The menu features Northern Italian cuisine, including fresh salads, homemade pastas, succulent rotisserie meats, and luscious desserts. Open for lunch and dinner.

520-531-1913
2890 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 100
tavolinoristorante.com
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The Parish

Regional American
The tastes of Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana are fused at this eclectic gastropub. The diverse atmosphere includes funky decor and an equally unique menu. Sample the popular bacon popcorn or Drunken Angel—wine-marinated angel hair pasta, crawfish, and shrimp in a red-pepper cream sauce.

520-797-1233
6453 N. Oracle Rd.
theparishtucson.com
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Tino’s Pizza

Italian
A weekly stop for pizza-lovin’ locals. Homemade hand-tossed pizza, outrageous meatball grinders, fresh garden salads, and awesome calzones. Famous for their “works” and classic “white” pizzas. Tino’s has been a traditional family-owned pizzeria since 1984. Beer and wine available.

520-296-9656
6610 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
tinospizza.com
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Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

Café
With seasonal menus based on local, fresh, and organic ingredients, this garden café is the perfect place for brunch. Grab a seat on one of the gorgeous patios, order a refreshing beverage of your choice, and take in the splendor of the Sonoran desert. Start or finish your trip to the café with a walk around the grounds.

520-296-9656
7366 N. Paseo del Norte
tohonochulpark.org
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Trattoria Pina

Italian
Bringing a touch of Italy to Tucson, with daily specials, fresh homemade focaccia, innovative pasta dishes, seafood, chicken, veal, and gourmet pizzas from a wood-burning oven. Full bar. Children’s menu. Take-out and catering available.

520-577-6992
5541 N. Swan Rd.
trattoriapina.com
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Union Public House

American
Experience comfort food at its finest. Sunday brunch offerings include homemade pastries and a Bloody Mary bar, while mussels, smoked trout Benedict, and award-winning housemade bacon entice diners. With 30 beers on tap, it’s also the perfect place for happy hour or drinks with friends.

520-329-8575
4340 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 103
uniontucson.com
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Viv’s Café

Café/Bistro
Resting at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, this down-home café offers breakfast and lunch daily in a fast-paced, friendly atmosphere. Specialties include creative omelettes and Belgian waffles, as well as homemade soups, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

520-760-8622
8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #361
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Vivace Restaurant

Italian
Tucson, be thankful—Daniel Scordato is preparing his contemporary Italian cuisine in a larger-than-ever kitchen. Vivace’s everything-fresh, everything-homemade menu features specialties such as light seafood entrées and innovative pastas. The central location boasts an outdoor patio.

520-795-7221
6440 N. Campbell Ave.
vivacetucson.com
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Wild Garlic Grill

Regional American
Wineglasses on butcher paper and fresh herbs growing on the patio cultivate an ambiance at Wild Garlic Grill that’s equal parts rustic and chic. Chef Shultz’s French-influenced Californian cuisine is prepared using fresh, local ingredients, so dishes such as rosemary-thyme chicken or San Francisco-style seafood chowder are sure to delight.

520-206-0017
2870 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 120
wildgarlicgrill.com
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Yokohama Asian Express

Asian
A healthy alternative to the standard burger-and-fries fast food, this long-standing local chain serves up a variety of quick and tasty Japanese dishes. Favorites from the menu include beef and broccoli, barbecue pork, and the ever-popular teriyaki chicken bowl.

520-296-2115, 210 N. Pantano Rd.;
520-573-3300, 655 W. Valencia Rd.
yokohamaasianexpress.com
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Zinburger

American/Grill
Mouthwatering gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings are offered here, along with salads, creamy hand-dipped milkshakes, and a carefully crafted selection of beer and wine. Menu standouts include the Zinburger, with manchego cheese and Zinfandel-braised onions, and zucchini fries with Parmesan and ranch dressing. Enjoy the modern interior, full-service bar, and all-season patio.

Joesler Village, 520-299-7799, 1865 E. River Rd.; 520-298-2020, 6390 E. Grant Rd.
zinburgeraz.com
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Zona 78

Italian
Tucson’s top-notch destination for artisan pizza, Italian specialties, and an eclectic selection of wines, spirits, and beers. Favorite dishes include the Pizza Boy pizza, Chop-Chop salad, cedar-plank salmon, rigatoni Bolognese. Happy hour Mon.–Sat. 3–6 p.m.; open daily for lunch and dinner.

520-888-7878
7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
zona78.com
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Birrieria Guadalajara

Mexican
Grab a taste of Mexico at this no-frills taco stand in South Tucson. Local favorites include the torta cubana (Cuban sandwich), huevos rancheros, and menudo (tripe stew), but the extensive menu also offers more adventurous options such as tongue tacos.

520-624-8020
304 E. 22nd St.
$

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs

Mexican
This friendly, hole-in-the-wall eatery not only serves up a menu full of authentic Mexican favorites such as tacos and burritos, but also specializes in the Sonoran hot dog—an all-beef frank wrapped in bacon and smothered with onions, tomatoes, beans, and more.

520-207-2245, 2680 N. 1st Ave.; 520-295-0105, 5118 S. 12th Ave.
bktacos.com
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Bread and Butter Café

Café
One step inside this popular café and you’ll realize you’ve found a little slice of heaven. The menu features comfort-food favorites such as pork chops, meat loaf, and chicken-fried steak. And no meal here is complete without a slice of the freshly baked pie.

520-327-0004
4231 E. 22nd St.
breadandbuttercafetucson.com
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Carnitas La Yoca

Mexican
Satisfy your authentic Mexican food cravings with fresh-made tortillas, salsa, and (what some call) the best carnitas in town. The Michoacán cuisine—known as the “soul food” of Mexican—is savory and seasoned to perfection, resulting in mind-blowing tacos overflowing with meat.

520-907-2662
3530 S. 6th Ave.
$

Don Pedro’s

Peruvian
Explore the flavors of Peru with Don Pedro’s many authentic Peruvian dishes, including fried yucca root and fresh flounder marinated in a housemade special sauce. Wash it down with a unique regional beverage, like chicha morada, made from purple corn.

520-209-1740
3386 S. 6th Ave.
donpedrosperuvianbistro.com
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El Güero Canelo

Mexican
Sample fine Sonoran cuisine in a lively setting, complete with an open patio and live mariachi music on Sun. The menu features such classic favorites as quesadillas and carne asada, as well as more unusual flavors—including Sonoran hot dogs. Complete your meal with a serving of creamy flan.

520-295-9005, 5201 S. 12th Ave.; 520-882-8977, 2480 N. Oracle Rd., 520-790-6000, 5802 E. 22nd St.
elguerocanelo.com
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El Torero

Mexican
A fun fiesta of a restaurant, this eatery boasts such Mexican favorites as beef and chicken tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. For a little variety, sample the La Bandera plate, which combines 3 different enchiladas. Amid the colorful flowers and pictures of bullfighters, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled to Mexico.

520-622-9534
231 E. 26th St.
$

Gus Balon’s Restaurant

American
Voted one of America’s best by Gourmet magazine, this local spoon has been whipping up award-winning cinnamon rolls, homemade breads, soups, and monster pies since 1965. Breakfast served all day. Open Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

520-747-7788
6027 E. 22nd. St.
$

Jerry Bob’s Restaurant

American
For the ultimate in breakfast favorites, pull up a chair at one of the city’s most popular a.m. hot spots. “Smiles are served daily” along with a kids’ menu and ever-changing specials. Other options include high stacks of buckwheat and banana-nut pancakes.

520-807-5717, 2680 E. Valencia Rd.; 520-326-0301, 5028 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-721-8888, 7885 E. Golf Links Rd.; 520-319-5642, 3601 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-878-9360, 7939 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-579-7177, 8300 N. Thornydale Rd.; 520-298-5680, 7699 E. Speedway Blvd.
myjerrybobs.com, jerrybobsaz.com
$

Le Cave’s Bakery

Bakery
Famous for its potato-glazed doughnuts—comparable to none—and its airbrushed photo cakes, this neighborhood treasure has been around since 1935. Stop in and choose from a tempting selection of pastries, cakes, and cream desserts.

520-624-2561
1219 S. 6th Ave.
$-$$

Los Nopales

Mexican
Here, meals are a family affair. Father and son man the kitchen, while cousins greet diners and serve as waitstaff. Family-owned for 10 years, this intimate eatery boasts traditional favorites, like enchiladas, chiles rellenos, chimichangas, fajitas, huevos rancheros, and a breakfast special made with dried beef, eggs, tomatoes, and scallions.

520-883-5353
3051 S. Kinney Rd.
$

Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant

Italian
Sample homemade pastas and aged sauces at this family-owned and -operated restaurant—serving up homemade Italian food since 1956. Enjoy the pasta bar Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m, or try an early evening special. Open 7 days a week.

520-790-4702
2041 S. Craycroft Rd.
mamalouisas.com
$$

Micha’s Restaurant

Mexican
In business since 1976, this family-owned Sonoran-style restaurant features 85 different menu items. Try the cocido (vegetable) and albondigas (meatball) soup—made daily, along with the house favorite, machaca (shredded beef) with rice and beans, served with bottomless chips and hot sauce.

520-623-5307
2908 S. 4th Ave.
michascatering.com
$

Nimbus Brewing Company

Brewery
A Tucson staple, this brewery satisfies your taste for great ale. Made in state-of-the-art facilities, these microbrews have been a favorite since 1996. Try beer-battered appetizers or the homemade Mexican food paired with one of 6 signature ales.

520-745-9175
3850 E. 44th St.
nimbusbeer.com
$-$$

Rigo’s Mexican Restaurant

Mexican
The irresistible variety of authentic Mexican food at this family-owned South Tucson establishment has attracted many guests and celebrities since its 2000 opening. Specialties include chiles rellenos and shrimp fajitas, and the menu continues to tempt with menudo, chimichangas, flautas, topopos, and enchiladas. Breakfast buffet every day, 6-10:30 a.m.

520-882-9323
2527 S. 4th Ave.
$

Taqueria Pico de Gallo

Mexican
For a real taste of Mexico, you can’t beat this Tucson favorite. While the place may not look like much, dishes such as burritos, carne asada, fish tacos, ceviche, and fresh fruit pico de gallo, keep locals coming back for more.

520-623-8775
2618 S. 6th Ave.
$

Yokohama Asian Express

Asian
A healthy alternative to the standard burger-and-fries fast food, this long-standing local chain serves up a variety of quick and tasty Japanese dishes. Favorites from the menu include beef and broccoli, barbecue pork, and the ever-popular teriyaki chicken bowl.

520-296-2115, 210 N. Pantano Rd.;
520-573-3300, 655 W. Valencia Rd.
yokohamaasianexpress.com
$

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Arizona Pizza Company

Italian
Enjoy grown-up fun with pool tables, video games, and a full bar—and sample some grown-up food here, too. Healthy pizza toppings include artichoke hearts, broccoli, spinach, and zucchini. Also find salads, sandwiches, and wings.

520-514-0909, 5855 E. Broadway Blvd. #114; 520-299-7311, 4955 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
azpizzacompany.com
$

Baja Cafe

Southwestern/Café
Mixing good people with good food, Baja specializes in serving Southwestern food, like huevos rancheros and Sonoran dogs. Known for their Benedict specials and pancake creations, such as the snickerdoodle & chocolate lava, breakfast is sure to satisfy. For lunch, build their own chipotle mac and cheese with a variety of toppings or get tacos, sandwiches, and more.

520-495-4777
7002 E. Broadway Blvd.
bajacafetucson.com
$

Beyond Bread

American/Bakery
Offering more than 30 varieties of artisan breads, baked fresh in-house each morning. Huge, delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, soups, from-scratch pastries, coffee and espresso. Craft beer and wine on tap at select locations.

520-322-9965, 3026 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-747-7477, 6260 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-461-1111, 421 W. Ina Rd. #101
beyondbread.com
$

Brushfire BBQ Co.

American/Grill
You won’t find red-and-white-checked tablecloths at this modern barbecue restaurant. The fire-painted walls signify what they do best. From salmon to pork, smoked meats and brisket can be ordered as a meal, by the pound, or on a sandwich, and topped with one of 6 homemade sauces.

520-624-3223
520-624-3223, 2745 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-867-6050, 7080 E. 22nd St.
brushfirebbq.com
$–$$

Casa Valencia

Seafood
Enjoy traditional Mexican seafood—like the grilled molcajete made of carne asada, chicken, and shrimp topped with cheese and tomatillo sauce—in this bright and lively restaurant. Stop by every Thurs.–Sat. night for live entertainment.

520-294-0208, 1825 W. Valencia Rd.;
520-207-1668, 2660 N. Campbell Ave.
casavalenciarestaurants.com
$$–$$$

Coffee X Change

Café
Locally owned and operated since 1995, this comfortable little eatery serves up coffee and espresso drinks, fresh sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries. With lots of tables inside and a large patio, this has become a popular local hangout.

520-751-4739
6841 E. Camino Principal
coffee-x-change.com
$

Dao’s Tai Pan

Vietnamese/Chinese
This restaurant’s decor may be modest, but the menu speaks volumes with its lengthy list of sumptuous Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. House specialties include beef noodle soup, pho tai soup, and Vietnamese crepes. Convenient take-out window for customers on the go.

520-722-0055, 446 N. Wilmot Rd.;
520-888-2200, 4206 N. 1st Ave.
daostaipans.com
$

El Charro Café/Bar ¡toma!/La Tiendita

Mexican
Since 1922, El Charro Café has featured fine Tucson-style Mexican food in beautiful settings, including the original location in the historic El Presidio neighborhood. Rated “Top 50 Plates in America” by USA Today and seen on Food Network.

520-622-1922, 311 N. Court Ave.;
520-514-1922, 6910 E. Sunrise Dr.;
520-615-1922, 7725 N. Oracle Rd. #101
elcharrocafe.com
$$

La Parrilla Suiza

Mexican
Authentic Mexico City cuisine that’s a delightful alternative to Sonoran fare. The exquisite cuisine of Mexico City is a world apart from northern Mexican food. The tacos, meat, and cheese dishes are cooked on charcoal or grilled. Also enjoy fresh handmade corn tortillas and authentic salsas.

520-747-4838, 5602 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-624-4300, 2720 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-572-7200, 4250 W. Ina Rd.
laparrillasuiza.com
$

Le Buzz Caffe/Bistro

Café
This casual European-style bistro is a neighborhood favorite for cyclists, hikers, and locals, offering house-roasted coffee, Italian espresso drinks, homemade bakery and breakfast items, plus soup, salads, and panini from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

520-749-3903
9121 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
lebuzzcaffe.com
$$

Little Anthony’s Diner

American/Grill
This 50s-style diner features delicious burgers, sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, daily lunch and dinner specials, and soda-fountain treats. It’s fun for the whole family, with a live DJ, hula-hoop and bubble-gum blowing contests, 50s trivia, and the chicken dance. Located next door to The Gaslight Theatre.

520-296-0456
7010 E. Broadway Blvd.
littleanthonysdiner.com
$

Magpies Gourmet Pizza

Italian
Locals have voted the pies from this homegrown establishment Best in Tucson for 21 years and counting. Fresh and delicious specialty pizzas include the Godfather, Chicken Picante, and Juan Carlos Pesto. Also on the menu: calzones, subs, wings, salads, and desserts.

520-297-2712, 6342 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-628-1661, 605 N. 4th Ave.; 520-751-9949, 105 S. Houghton Rd.; 520-572-4300, 8295 N. Cortaro Rd.
magpiespizza.com
$$$

Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros

Italian
What makes Mama’s famous? The size of its pies. An individual slice is enough to feed two people, and its family-size pizza could easily feed 10. In case that’s not enough, Mama’s also serves a variety of tasty salads, pastas, and calzones, as well as homemade gluten-free cheesecake. Catering available.

520-319-8856, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-750-1919, 6996 E. 22nd St.; 520-297-3993, 7965 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-751-4600, 50 S. Houghton Rd.
mamasfamous.com
$

Millie’s Pancake Haus

German
Specialties of the house are German-style pancakes and waffles. A variety of delicious pancakes made from Millie’s own recipes, served in a quaint, charming atmosphere. Also, a variety of omelettes and waffles, as well as luncheon specials.

520-298-4250
6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
milliespancakehaus.com
$

New Delhi Palace

Indian
Tucson’s first authentic, award-winning Indian restaurant specializing in a wide variety of vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes. Try the popular chicken tikka masala in a spicy cream sauce, or opt for the lunch buffet offered daily. Full bar with 35 brands of beers from around the world.

520-296-8585
6751 E. Broadway Blvd.
newdelhipalacetucson.com
$

Oink

American
Bacon, one of the country’s favorite guilty pleasures, is the star here, where you’ll find bacon in the mac ‘n’ cheese, sprinkled on maple donuts, and served as a Bloody Mary garnish. Pulled pork sandwiches and pork confit omelets are also on the menu for those looking for something other than bacon.

520-296-6465
7131 E. Broadway Blvd.
oinkcafe.com
$$

Poco & Mom’s Restaurant

Mexican
This neighborhood favorite features an eclectic menu of New Mexican dishes. Sample anything from chiles rellenos, enchiladas, and green-chile pork stew to homemade sopapillas. Don’t miss the house specialty—fresh red and green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico—a must-try for any visitor.

520-325-7044, 1060 S. Kolb Rd.;
520-296-9759, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
$

Risky Business

American/Grill
Exciting sports bar and restaurant featuring steaks, ribs, pasta, pizza, seafood, and dessert specialties. Huge on-tap and bottled beer selection, full wine list. More than 20 TVs, with a full range of satellite and cable sports channels, make this a sports haven for fans of every type.

520-577-0021, 6866 E. Sunrise Dr.; 520-749-8555, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd.; 520-584-1610, 250 S. Craycroft Rd.
riskybusinesstucson.com
$-$$

Savaya Coffee Market

Café
Hand-selected beans from organic farms around the world are roasted daily in this popular café. Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup with friends or purchase some to take home. Also look for educational classes and equipment for the ultimate coffee connoisseur. Some locations also offer organic cookies, cakes, and other coffeehouse goodies.

520-747-3200
5350 E. Broadway Blvd. #174; 12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Ste. 102; La Enacantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 274
savayacoffee.com
$

Shish Kebab House

Middle Eastern
Showcasing authentic dishes with Jordanian influences, this restaurant is best known for its hummus and shish kebabs. But with more than 100 items on the menu, guests can always find something new. Friendly owners and a knowledgeable staff explain the unfamiliar dishes.

520-745-5308
5855 E. Broadway Blvd. #118
$-$$$$

The Horseshoe Grill

American/Grill
“You can’t beat mesquite,” and your tastebuds will agree. Offering fresh homemade sides, fine cuts of meat, and a savory dining experience, The Horseshoe Grill prepares its steak over a mesquite-burning fire that’s sure to ensure deliciousness.

520-838-0404
7713 E. Broadway Blvd.
thehorseshoetucson.com
$$$

Tony’s NY Style Italian Deli

Deli
Walk into Tony’s and take a trip to New York. Try the handmade sausage, ravioli, lasagna, and the “best red sauce” in the West. Taste the deli subs, salads, eggplant, shrimp scampi, and the East Coast clams with a New York accent.

520-747-0070
6219 E. 22nd St.
tonysitaliandelitucson.com
$

Tucson McGraw’s Original Cantina

American
Specialties are barbecued ribs, tri-tip, steaks, and burgers. Southwestern casual dining with spectacular countryside views. Patio dining and entertainment, serving private parties and groups from 6 to 60.

520-885-3088
4110 S. Houghton Rd.
tucsonmcgraws.com
$$-$$$

Vistas Bar & Grille

Regional American/Southwestern
Comfortable dining with great food and service. Specializing in regional favorites, such as the Tamale Trilogy, fire-roasted chicken, all-American sliders, and beef tenderloin. A new private dining area—with room for 100 people—offers spectacular views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

520-721-5600
7600 E. Broadway Blvd.
hiltontucsoneast.com
$$

Yokohama Asian Express

Asian
A healthy alternative to the standard burger-and-fries fast food, this long-standing local chain serves up a variety of quick and tasty Japanese dishes. Favorites from the menu include beef and broccoli, barbecue pork, and the ever-popular teriyaki chicken bowl.

520-296-2115, 210 N. Pantano Rd.; 520-573-3300, 655 W. Valencia Rd.
yokohamaasianexpress.com
$

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Agustín Kitchen

New American
This vibrant local bistro, located at Mercado San Agustín, Tucson’s first and only public market, blends upscale and casual dining into a unique eating experience. Specialties include seared salmon, grilled Frenched pork chop, and Barrio Bread. Don’t miss the raw bar with shellfish and oysters on the half shell.

520-398-5382
100 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste. 150
agustinbrasserie.com
$$$

Anita Street Market

Mexican
Located in a neighborhood near downtown Tucson, Anita Street Market is primarily a tortilla factory producing fresh corn and flour tortillas and breads daily. However, this family-owned establishment also serves up delicious Mexican take-out, such as the ever-popular machaca and red-chile burros.

520-882-5280
849 N. Anita Ave.
$

B Line, The

Bistro
This quaint restaurant along eclectic Fourth Avenue whips up homemade biscuit sandwiches and stacks of crepe cakes at breakfast. Grilled fish tacos are a popular option for lunch or dinner. Don’t leave without trying the famous 4-Berry Pie, featured on Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day.

520-882-7575
621 N. 4th Ave.
blinerestaurant.com
$

Bottega Michelangelo

Italian
Enjoy regional Italian cuisine that transports you back to the old country. Featuring homemade pasta; a variety of fresh fish, seafood, veal, and chicken dishes; and gourmet desserts—all served in a contemporary, casual atmosphere. Patio dining, banquet rooms, and catering available.

520-297-5775
420 W. Magee Rd.
michelangelotucson.com
$$

Caffé Torino Ristorante Italiano

Italian
Newly expanded northern Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an authentic flair. Specialties include veal, seafood, and homemade pasta. Full bar with Italian and domestic wines. Enjoy dining in the romantic dining room or on the patio overlooking the Santa Catalina Mountains.

520-219-2994 (Oro Valley)
10325 N. La Cañada Dr. #151
caffetorinotucson.com
$

Colt’s Taste of Texas

American/Grill
Cowboy up to this Western roadhouse for mesquite-grilled T-bone steaks, prime rib, sirloin, and N.Y. strip served up in a relaxed family atmosphere. Enjoy the full-service sports bar during happy hour with drink and appetizer specials, plus 15 TVs and a pool table. Private banquet room available.

520-572-5968
8310 N. Thornydale Rd.
$$

Coyote Pause

Café
Located just south of the entrance to Tucson Mountain Park, this charming café offers breakfast and lunch Mon.–Sun. and dinner—including a fish fry—on Fri. and Sat. nights. Try the mesquite pancakes, frybread tacos, and Sonoran meat loaf.

520-883-7297
2741 S. Kinney Rd.
coyotepausecafe.com
$–$$

Crying Onion Café

Café
Find real home cookin’ with an endless menu of breakfast favorites, such as plate-sized blueberry, chocolate chip, and pecan pancakes; biscuits and gravy; country-fried steak and eggs; and Denver, California, and cowboy omelettes. Lunch options include melts and towering burgers.

520-742-7278
3684 W. Orange Grove Rd.
$

Dolce Pastello

Bakery
Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Baking homemade cakes to suit your tastes, Dolce Pastello serves up delicious confections in any variety imaginable. Grab a cake to celebrate everything from an anniversary to a birthday, or simply to end the perfect day.

520-207-6765
120 S. Avenida Del Convento, Ste. 130
mercadosanagustin.com
$

Dragon Village Restaurant

Asian
Ranked one of the top 100 best Chinese restaurants in the nation, Dragon Village keeps diners coming back with authentic dishes from the owners’ native China. Don’t miss the popular Mongolian beef or sweet-and-sour pork. Dinner specials for less than $10 come with an entrée and 4 sides.

520-229-0388 (Oro Valley)
12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. #180
dragonvillagerestaurant.com
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El Charro Café/Bar ¡toma!/La Tiendita

Mexican
Since 1922, El Charro Café has featured fine Tucson-style Mexican food in beautiful settings, including the original location in the historic El Presidio neighborhood. Rated “Top 50 Plates in America” by USA Today and seen on Food Network.

520-622-1922, 311 N. Court Ave.;520-514-1922, 6910 E. Sunrise Dr.; 520-615-1922, 7725 N. Oracle Rd. #101
elcharrocafe.com
$$

El Güero Canelo

Mexican
Sample fine Sonoran cuisine in a lively setting, complete with an open patio and live mariachi music on Sun. The menu features such classic favorites as quesadillas and carne asada, as well as more unusual flavors—including Sonoran hot dogs. Complete your meal with a serving of creamy flan.

520-295-9005, 5201 S. 12th Ave.; 520-882-8977, 2480 N. Oracle Rd., 520-790-6000, 5802 E. 22nd St.
elguerocanelo.com
$

Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery

Bistro
Tucson’s only certified and dedicated gluten-free bakery and bistro offers a wide variety of baked goods including seasonally flavored cupcakes. Enjoy housemade breakfast and lunch served daily and dinner on Fri. nights.

520-408-9000
5845 N. Oracle Rd.
gourmetgirlsglutenfree.com
$

Guiseppe’s Ristorante Italiano

Italian
A veteran of the local dining scene, Joe Scordato cooks up blue-collar Italian favorites. Delicious menu options include stuffed mushroom appetizers, fettuccine alfredo, and veal stresa, which comes layered with prosciutto and mozzarella. Raise your glass of wine and toast, “Buon Appetito!”

520-505-4187
6060 N. Oracle Rd.
guiseppes-hub.com
$$

Harvest

Regional American
This intimate, upscale eatery touts a seasonally inspired, contemporary American menu with fresh, local, and domestic ingredients. Choose from a variety of housemade pastas, locally raised beef, and seafood from sustainable fisheries. Lunch and dinner daily; happy hour 3–6 p.m., and Sunset Menu from 4 to 5 p.m. Mon.–Thurs.

520-731-1100 (Oro Valley)
10355 N. La Cañada Dr. #141
harvestov.com
$$-$$$$

Hifalutin

Southwestern/Grill
The atmosphere may be Western/casual, but this ain’t your typical cattle-drive fare. Sip a frosty José Cuervo margarita from the full bar while savoring such entrées as the flat-iron rib eye with blue-cheese sauce or the Cattleboss pot roast.

520-297-0518
6780 N. Oracle Rd.
hifalutintucson.com
$$$

Ikkyu

Japanese
Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasures, Ikkyu pays homage to the Japanese Zen Buddhist by the same name. Depicted as eccentric, this monk would be proud of the delicious, inexpensive, and authentic eats here. Bento boxes, rice bowls, and sushi rolls salute the late monk and delight customers.

520-297-9011
2040 W. Orange Grove Rd. #180
$

La Cocina

Café
Located in the historic Old Town Artisans complex. Offerings include a multicultural menu with local grass-fed beef and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine. The cantina serves an eclectic selection of wines, local beer, and creative cocktails. Enjoy live music in the beautiful outdoor courtyard while dining under the stars. Catering available.

520-365-3053
201 N. Court Ave.
lacocinatucson.com
$–$$

La Parrilla Suiza

Mexican
Authentic Mexico City cuisine that’s a delightful alternative to Sonoran fare. The exquisite cuisine of Mexico City is a world apart from northern Mexican food. The tacos, meat, and cheese dishes are cooked on charcoal or grilled. Also enjoy fresh handmade corn tortillas and authentic salsas.

520-747-4838, 5602 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-624-4300, 2720 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-572-7200, 4250 W. Ina Rd.
laparrillasuiza.com
$

Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse

American/Grill
Discover the best filets in the city, as well as T-bone, top sirloin, porterhouse, and rib eye; chicken; ribs; homemade cobbler; pecan pie; and ice-cream sundaes. A little out of the way in north Tucson, but more than worth the trip.

520-744-2800
8501 N. Silverbell Rd.
$$$$

Lucky Wishbone

American
Ask any Tucson native about this order-at-the-counter eatery and they’ll probably list it among their favorite local joints. The menu, specializing in all things fried, offers such choices as chicken fingers, steak fingers, fish fingers, and shrimp. And don’t forget the side of french fries, creamy coleslaw, and buttery Texas toast.

520-294-7607, 5220 S. Nogales Hwy.; 520-327-5679, 4701 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-323-9329, 2545 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-887-9160, 3979 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-296-9008, 990 S. Harrison Rd.; 520-327-0911, 2712 E. 22nd St.; 520-622-2588, 1465 W. Silverlake Rd.
luckywishbone.com
$

Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros

Italian
What makes Mama’s famous? The size of its pies. An individual slice is enough to feed two people, and its family-size pizza could easily feed 10. In case that’s not enough, Mama’s also serves a variety of tasty salads, pastas, and calzones, as well as homemade gluten-free cheesecake. Catering available.

520-319-8856, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-750-1919, 6996 E. 22nd St.; 520-297-3993, 7965 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-751-4600, 50 S. Houghton Rd.
mamasfamous.com
$

Mariscos Chihuahua

Mexican
For fast, but really great, Mexican food, try this Tucson favorite specializing in seafood. Mariscos serves up tasty shrimp cocktail, ceviche tostada, and fresh seasonal fish. If you’re lucky, a mariachi band might stroll through. Some locations offer outdoor dining.

520-623-3563, 1009 N. Grande Ave.; 520-884-3457, 356 E. Grant Rd.; 520-326-1529, 2902 E. 22nd St.; 520-741-0361, 3901 S. 6th Ave.; 520-881-2372, 999 N. Swan Rd.
mariscoschihuahuatucson.com
$–$$

Monsoon’s Tap & Grill

Grill
Grab burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers such as lightning bolts (beer battered zucchini strips) or Wholly Nachos! and if it’s raining, happy hour occurs all day. Catch sporting events, including UA games on the Pac-12 channel, on one of 14 TVs.

520-219-0301
6781 N. Thornydale Rd.
monsoonstapandgrill.com
$$

Monterey Court Café

Café
Nestled among charming art galleries and shops, the café and bar offers a seasonal menu using local farm-fresh ingredients, including vegetarian, chicken, seafood, and beef selections. Enjoy indoor and patio dining, along with live music, in this renovated 1930s motor court along historic Miracle Mile.

520-207-2429
505 W. Miracle Mile
montereycourtaz.com
$$

Mr. An’s Teppan Steak & SushI

Japanese
Local restaurateur KC An adds another successful business to his résumé His Tokyo-trained head chef fuses European and Asian ingredients, creating exciting and unique entrées such as seafood-rice bowls and pasta topped with an Asian alfredo sauce.

520-797-0888
6091 N. Oracle Rd.
mrantucson.com
$

Noble Hops Craft Beer + Fine Fare

Pub
Experience breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains while enjoying a seasonal menu featuring unconventional pub fare, such as Drunken Chicken and lobster cigars. Pair the food with a quality microbrew or any of the more than 115 beers available, 28 on tap.

520-797-4677
1335 W. Lambert Ln.
noblehopspub.com
$$

Savaya Coffee Market

Café
Hand-selected beans from organic farms around the world are roasted daily in this popular café. Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup with friends or purchase some to take home. Also look for educational classes and equipment for the ultimate coffee connoisseur. Some locations also offer organic cookies, cakes, and other coffeehouse goodies.

520-747-3200
5350 E. Broadway Blvd. #174; 12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Ste. 102; La Enacantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 274
savayacoffee.com
$

Seis Kitchen

Mexican
Serving award-winning cuisine from six culinary regions of Mexico, Seis takes street food to the next level. Try the warm, handmade tortillas, hot-off-the-griddle quesasdillas, fire-roasted salsas, and artisan tortas.

520-622-2002, 130 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste. 100; 520-612-7630, 1765 E. River Rd.
seiskitchen.com
$

Sushi Hama

Asian
Although the menu offers teriyaki and tempura, the specialty here is seafood—sushi in particular. A casual atmosphere and friendly service complement delicious selections such as unagi (freshwater eel), hamachi (yellowtail), and California rolls.

520-888-6763
3971 N. Oracle Rd.
sushihamajapaneserestaurant.com
$-$$

Sushi on Oracle

Asian
This quintessential sushi joint offers up skillfully prepared Asian favorites and delicacies, as well as a rotating selection of fresh seafood and Japanese craft brews. An added bonus: You start off your meal with free edamame and miso soup.

520-297-3615
6449 N. Oracle Rd.
sushionoracle.net
$$$

Teresa’s Mosaic Café

Mexican
Stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains complement authentic Sonoran- and Oaxacan-style dishes such as cheese enchiladas and mole negro. Handmade flour tortillas, marinated pork loin, and fine tequilas grace the menu. And breakfast—including huevos rancheros—is available for those who just can’t wait until dinner to satisfy a craving.

520-624-4512
2455 N. Silverbell Rd.
mosaiccafes.com
$-$$

The Parish

Regional American
The tastes of Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana are fused at this eclectic gastropub. The diverse atmosphere includes funky decor and an equally unique menu. Sample the popular bacon popcorn or Drunken Angel—wine-marinated angel hair pasta, crawfish, and shrimp in a red-pepper cream sauce.

520-797-1233
6453 N. Oracle Rd.
theparishtucson.com
$$

Vero Amore

Italian
This authentic and certified Neapolitan pizzeria boasts sauces, dough, cheese, and dressings made daily. Besides tantalizing pizza, salads, pastas, and panini, it also offers an eclectic variety of small-vineyard wines from Italy.

520-325-4122, Plaza Palomino, 2920 N. Swan Rd.; 520-579-2292, 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.
veroamorepizza.com
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Villa Mexican Food

Mexican
For more than 20 years, Villa Mexican Food has provided northwest Tucson with the authentic flavors of Mexico. Experience delicious and exotic cuisine, such as pan-fried tacos and the famous carne seca. Purchase a dozen of the fresh tortillas for an at-home fiesta.

520-544-0015
2840 W. Ina Rd., Ste. 104
villamexican.com
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Village Bakehouse

Bakery/Café
A warm, casual, and inviting bakery/café with a patio perfect for meals with the family. Breakfast includes delicious omelettes and raspberry-stuffed French toast; and for lunch enjoy gourmet sandwiches, salads, and soups. Catering available.

520-448-2832
7882 N. Oracle Rd.
villagebakehouse.com
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Wildflower

New American
This award-winning restaurant sets the standard for innovative, classic cuisine. With European and Asian influences, the New American menu changes seasonally. Modern meets shabby-chic in the colorful skylit dining room; or choose to dine on the climate-controlled patio.

520-219-4230
7037 N. Oracle Rd.
foxrc.com
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