Restaurants in Tucson
Tourists tend to stick to downtown Tucson when eating out, as this is where most of the hotels, restaurants and attractions are clustered, right in the heart of the city. There are more than 50 restaurants to choose between in this area, including everything from award-winning gourmet eateries to vendor's fast food stalls and food trucks. The restaurant scene in Tucson benefits from the diverse influences of the local cultures, with a notable Mexican flavour to a lot of the cuisine: Arizona's particular brand of Mexican is often called 'Sonoran', and it also boasts Native American influences. The Mexican state of Sonora is just across the border from Arizona, known for having slightly less spicy food than the rest of Mexico due to the use of the comparatively mild chilies that grow in the region. If you want to try a food truly typical of Arizona be sure to sample some form of cactus, particularly the prickly-pear.
The vineyards scattered southwest of the city of Tucson provide its restaurants with all flavours of local wine, which is an interesting experience for wine lovers.
Café Poca Cosa
The trendy Café Poca Cosa is a laid-back restaurant serving light bistro-style fare, such as speciality sandwiches and salads, prepared and presented with appetizing Mexican flamboyance. The décor is modern, stylish and comfortable, and the ever-changing menu is presented to diners on portable blackboards. Open Tuesday through Saturday, reservations recommended.
Address: 110 East Pennington Street
Telephone: (520) 622 6400
Blue Willow Restaurant
The family-owned Blue Willow Restaurant is a friendly and relaxed dining venue offering a delicious range of home-made cuisine including green corn tamale, three cheese spinach lasagne and roasted Cajun salmon. Their banana split with fudge sauce is a favourite dessert option. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: 2616 N. Campbell Avenue
Telephone: (520) 327 7577
The Dish is an alluring bistro bar with an ambient atmosphere enhanced by the warm, wooden tones of its rich décor. The restaurant has a varied menu offering cuisine such as tender beef coulotte steaks, steamed mussels in saffron broth and rock lobster with lemon and brie. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: 3131 E. First Street
Telephone: (520) 326 1714
Jonathan's Cork is a Southwestern-style eatery with rustic décor and a hearty, traditional menu. Diners can choose from the likes of tequila marinated shrimp with red chilli, bison (buffalo) filet with jalapeno bacon, and a choice of grilled, sautéed or blackened ostrich steaks. Open all week for dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road
Telephone: (520) 296 1631
Rocco's Little Chicago
Dining at Rocco's Little Chicago has been referred to as a 'religious experience' and menu favourites include their speciality Kitchen Sink pizza, chicken wings with a secret spicy sauce and blue cheese dressing, and home-made meatball sub sandwiches with mozzarella. Oh, and the cheesecake is a must! Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm.
Address: 2707 E. Broadway
Telephone: (520) 321 1860
A Tucson landmark, La Fuente is an independently-owned Mexican restaurant in downtown Tucson. With a fun environment that includes live mariachi music on weekends, the restaurant is as colourful as the food, and the service is friendly. Lunch is served buffet-style, and the dinner menu includes mouth-watering Mexican dishes like Mole Poblano, Shrimp Fajitas, and Carne A La Tempiqueña. La Fuente gets busy in the evenings, so it's best to book ahead.
Address: 1749 N. Oracle Road
Telephone: (520) 623-8659
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