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

Tacos

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

Pat’s Drive-In - Chili Dog
Pat’s Drive-In

TUCSON, AZ

Millie’s Pancake Haus - Buttermilk Pancakes
Millie’s Pancake Haus

TUCSON, AZ

Mariscos Chihuahua - Grilled Shrimp
Mariscos Chihuahua

TUCSON, AZ

La Cabana - Chili Relleno
La Cabana

NOGALES, AZ

Gus Balon’s - Breakfast Burger
Gus Balon’s

TUCSON, AZ

El Torero - Topopo Salad
El Torero

TUCSON, AZ

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

PHOENIX, AZ

Plastic tray holds a variety of fruits sprinkled with pepper.
Juice N Fruit

TUCSON, AZ

El Manantial

TUCSON, AZ

Pizzeria Bianco

PHOENIX, AZ

Fry Bread House

PHOENIX, AZ

Stacy’s Smoke Dem Bones Pit Stop BBQ

PHOENIX, AZ

Flour tortillas sandwich melted cheese and carne asada
El Indio

TUCSON, AZ

Mother Hubbard’s Cafe

TUCSON, AZ

Le Cave’s

TUCSON, AZ

Lerua’s Fine Mexican Food

TUCSON, AZ

Hub Ice Cream Factory

TUCSON, AZ

Stand

PHOENIX, AZ

Chile-red chunks of marinated pork spill out of a folded-over tortilla
Border Taco

DOUGLAS, AZ

Boca Tacos Y Tequila

TUCSON, AZ

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Smashed crispyburger, fully dressed

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Tall Mexican topopo salad features plenty of carne seca.

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A plate of creamy grits, topped with shrimp and sided by butter beans

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Garlic Bulbs

Garlic Puree

Sarapes Restaurante - Enchiladas Suiza

Green Enchilada Sauce

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