Restaurants in Arizona

Long before Arizona became a state, Tucson was a capital of Sonoran-style Mexican fare. That tradition continues, from street food (try the crazy Sonoran hot dog!) to traditional green corn tamales and artisan tacos to chefs’ high-end interpretations of Mexican dishes. South of Tucson along the border are culinary gems that reflect not only Mexico but also the quirky, colorful personality of settlers who came to find their fortune or to get away from the rest of the world. Phoenix is a newer city and its eateries tend to be more stylish (although here, too, traditional Mexican food can be extraordinary); and to the north, around old Route 66, is a legacy of diners, cafes, and casual restaurants where travelers are made to feel at home.

Arizona’s Most Famous Dishes

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Green corn tamale is wrapped in a fresh corn husk.

Green Corn Tamales

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Cross section of a burrito filled with carne asada, cheese, and veggies

Carne Asada

Arizona’s Best Restaurants

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