Restaurants in Tucson, AZ

Tucson is paradise for lovers of Mexican food. Its highlights include spectacular tamales of every imaginable type from the Tucson Tamale Company, Sonoran hot dogs from corner street carts in South Tucson, pico de gallo fruit cups sprinkled with lime and chile powder, zesty shrimp dishes at Mariscos Chihuahua, towering Topopo salads, utterly inventive and kaleidoscopically beautiful fare at The Little One, and a full repertoire of vegetarian and vegan dishes at a bustling beacon called Tumerico. But there’s much to eat in Tucson beyond great Mexican food, including mighty sweet roll breakfast at Gus Balon’s, S’mores French toast and duck confit hash at Prep & Pastry, hand-crafted ice cream at Hub Ice Cream Factory, and impeccably fresh loaves and pastries at a bakery/restaurant called Beyond Bread.

Tucson’s Most Famous Dishes

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Soft roll holds a hot dog eclipsed by condiments, sided by a roasted pepper

Sonora Dog

Four cups of salsa, ready to apply to a meal


Cup of chili topped with cheese and chopped raw onions


Tucson’s Best Restaurants

Mariscos Chihuahua - Grilled Shrimp
Mariscos Chihuahua


Gus Balon’s - Breakfast Burger
Gus Balon’s


El Torero - Topopo Salad
El Torero


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


El Manantial


Flour tortillas sandwich melted cheese and carne asada
El Indio


Mother Hubbard’s Cafe


Le Cave’s


Hub Ice Cream Factory


Boca Tacos Y Tequila


The Little One


Broad partitioned plate holds tortilla chips topped with chile and cheese, plus scrambled eggs and refried beans.
Tania’s 33


5 Points Market & Restaurant


Barrio Bread


Tacos Apson


Tall Mexican topopo salad features plenty of carne seca.
El Charro


Bread & Butter Cafe


Café Poca Cosa - Tamale Pie
Café Poca Cosa


Aqui Con El Nene


Beyond Bread


B Line


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Tall Mexican topopo salad features plenty of carne seca.

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Great Tucson Recipes

Cherry Tomato, Mint, and Cucumber Salsa

Garlic Bulbs

Garlic Puree

Sarapes Restaurante - Enchiladas Suiza

Green Enchilada Sauce


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