Tucson’s Mexican Gems

8 MILES | 27 min | by Michael Stern
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Among the countless Mexican restaurants in Tucson, these five give the best feel for the amazing range of styles and specialties, from the outlandish Sonoran hot dogs at El Guero Canelo to humble neighborhood tacos at Pico de Gallo, and to chef Suzanna Davila’s magnificent meals at Cafe Poca Cosa, where you never know what newly-created dishes will be on the menu. Just up the street, Suzanna’s sister runs The Little One, a jolly vegetarian-friendly cafe that takes no credit cards and no reservations and doesn’t even have a telephone on premises. (Here you want any of the freshly-squeezed fruit and/or vegetable juices.) If you’re looking for iconoclastic attitude and tacos to match, do check out the inventive fare at Boca Tacos Y Tequila, where Wednesday is exotic meat night and where the motto is “Our salsas are hotter than your wife.”

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El Guero Canelo

For Sonoran-style Mexican food, especially for Sonoran hot dogs, El Guero Canelo is a picnic-style restaurant that is a Tuscon, Arizona, best bet.

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a Tucson taqueria serving the city's best tacos. Also: pico de gallo (chile-spiked fruit salad) & coctel de elote (cheese & corn soup/stew).

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Café Poca Cosa

Cafe Poca Cosa's menu changes to reflect what chilies, vegetables & ingredients are fresh in the kitchen. Taste mole at its best in this Tucson treasure.

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Boca Tacos Y Tequila

The attitude at Boca Tacos is punk, but the cooking is accomplished. Expect the unexpected in the way of fillings and salsas. It's a Tucson best bet.