This edition of the "Desert Dining Guide" is not an all-inclusive, comprehensive listing. These are dining establishments suggested by the TGQ Editorial Board - a selected listing of places noted for their quality, ambiance, and service.
Smoking is not permitted in most Tucson restaurants, by city ordinance.
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With a selection of more than 50 beers on tap, plus wide-screen TVs and a location next to the U of A, this place attracts a crowd, especially on college game days. Come hungry—slices of pizza are so huge, they're served with mini pizza cutters.
1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
This neighborhood bistro in downtown Tucson features modern American comfort food, eclectic wines, microbrewed beers, and hand-crafted cocktails, as well as urban decor, comfortable bar and booth seating, and a large outdoor brick patio.
47 N. Scott Ave.
Named after the owners' daughter and fashioned in her favorite colors—watermelon pink and charcoal gray—this Foothills eatery offers a warm, family-friendly environment. A wrap-around patio lends itself to mountain views, while the eclectic menu presents new twists on classic favorites: fish, chicken, lamb, and even chocolate cake.
6960 E. Sunrise Dr.
Abrego Grill at Torres Blancas
A relaxing dining experience perfect for before or after a round of golf. Enjoy a casual lunch or intimate dinner on the spacious wrap-around patio. All-you-can-eat nightly specials Wed.–Sat., including fish on Fri. and shrimp on Sat.
520-625-9192 (Green Valley)
Torres Blancas Golf Club
3233 S. Abrego Dr.
Acacia Real Food & Cocktails
Chef Albert Hall's restaurant, Acacia, lives up to his reputation with mouthwatering appetizers and savory entrées, including apple-wood smoked pork chops. Save room for one of the delectable desserts.
St. Philip's Plaza
3001 E. Skyline Dr.
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Located in the plaza of the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, this eatery specializes in choice prime rib, steaks, seafood, pasta, and salads. Enjoy fun with friends and family next to a big-name entertainment concert venue and gaming casino. Open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel
I-19 and Pima Mine Rd.
This vibrant French bistro, located at Mercado San Agustín, Tucson's first and only public market, blends upscale and casual dining into a unique eating experience. Specialties include seared salmon, trout meunière, and French onion soup. Don't miss the raw bar with shellfish and oysters on the half shell.
100 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste. 150
AJ's Purveyors of Fine Foods
In this upscale gourmet grocery store, you can visit a salad bar, sushi bar, or bakery, or order a sandwich or hot meal. Dine by the warmth of an outdoor fireplace, or eat indoors and participate in wine tastings. On the weekends, enjoy an omelette cooked on an outdoor grill.
2805 E. Skyline Dr.
Ali Baba Restaurant & Market
You won't need a genie to tell you that this quaint, casual restaurant is a favorite among locals. The menu features Middle Eastern specialties, including kebbeh (beef), kafta (lamb), couscous, and lots of vegetarian choices.
2545 E. Speedway Blvd.
Amber Restaurant & Gallery
For a taste of Eastern Europe, try Amber, noted for its traditional Polish and German dishes. Fill up on hearty favorites, including pierogies, stuffed cabbage, and Wiener schnitzel. Event banquet room, large patio, and catering available.
Santa Fe Square
7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
This quaint spot for lunch and breakfast is peppered with finds from the past and a dessert table topped with cookies and slices of red velvet cake—among other delicacies. High tea on Sun. includes scones, sandwiches, and your own pot of tea. Don't miss the antiques store next door.
3073 N. Campbell Ave.
An Del Sol
Find one of the most comprehensive Chinese and sushi offerings at this contemporary restaurant in Casino del Sol Resort & Spa. From teppan specials loaded with seafood to creative sushi rolls such as Dancing Crab, Big Bertha, and Mt. Lemmon, you'll feel like you've won the food jackpot.
Casino del Sol Resort & Spa
5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Anita Street Market
Located in a neighborhood near downtown Tucson, Anita Street Market is primarily a tortilla factory producing fresh corn and flour tortillas and breads daily. However, this family-owned establishment also serves up delicious Mexican take-out, such as the ever-popular machaca and red-chile burros.
849 N. Anita Ave.
Anthony's in the Catalinas
Specialties include lamb Wellington, chateaubriand, veal, and fresh fish. Nestled in the Santa Catalina Foothills with exceptional city and mountain views. Cocktail lounge with outdoor service. Grand Award-winning wine list and an underground wine cellar. Valet parking. Private dining room for parties.
6440 N. Campbell Ave.
Legendary service, a historic setting, and one of Tucson's top-rated restaurants. The chef's seasonal menus and special selections made from the freshest ingredients will entice you to return again and again. Try the homemade ginger creams and imaginative desserts while enjoying a view of elegant gardens.
2200 E. Elm St.
Arizona Pizza Company
Enjoy grown-up fun with pool tables, video games, and a full bar—and sample some grown-up food here, too. Healthy pizza toppings include artichoke hearts, broccoli, spinach, and zucchini. Also find salads, sandwiches, and wings.
520-514-0909, 5855 E. Broadway Blvd. #114; 520-299-7311, 4955 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
Armitage Wine Lounge & Café
The long beverage menu at this trendy, upscale, yet comfortable lounge includes martinis, spirits, imported beers, and more than 50 wines by the glass. The kitchen stays open late, serving a variety ranging from light bites to heavier fare, and brunch is served on weekends.
2905 E. Skyline Dr. #168
Athens on 4th Avenue
Visit this charming Hellenic bistro for an unforgettable dining experience. Favorite artisan dishes include fresh fish and seafood, vegetarian specialties, and handcrafted desserts. Entrées are prepared with extra virgin olive oil, imported cheeses, and wine.
500 N. 4th Ave.
Savor beers on tap until 2 a.m. at this Irish import located at Main Gate Square by The University of Arizona. Lantern lighting illuminates the brick and rich-wood interior lined with Guinness-barrel tables. Hearty menu items include shepherd's pie and Black and Tan beer-battered fish and chips.
800 E. University Blvd.
The Westin La Paloma's latest restaurant-lounge concept, serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Sip handcrafted and custom cocktails while enjoying some of the best views in Tucson. Enticing menu options served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unwind hour and late-night menu until close.
3800 E. Sunrise Dr.
B Line, The
This quaint restaurant along eclectic Fourth Avenue whips up homemade biscuit sandwiches and stacks of crepe cakes at breakfast. Grilled fish tacos are a popular option for lunch or dinner. Don't leave without trying the famous 4-Berry Pie, featured on Rachael Ray's $40 Dollars a Day.
621 N. 4th Ave.
These popular gourmet sandwich shops have won local "Best Sandwich" awards for the past several years. The combination of great homemade food and a fun Southwestern atmosphere makes Baggin's a hot spot for the lunch crowd.
520-547-2839, 11015 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-327-4342, 2741 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-305-3922, 5420 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-575-8878, 6342 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-792-1344, 33 N. Stone Ave.; 520-917-5070, 3191 E. Valencia Rd.; 520-327-1611, 1800 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Tour the tastes of Thailand with an exotic fusion of spicy and savory dishes, including salads, soups, seafood, curries, and vegetarian selections. Specialties include satay with peanut sauce and spicy basil chicken. Open for lunch and dinner, with take-out available and a full bar.
2511 E. Speedway Blvd.
Barrio Brewing Company
This converted warehouse boasts 10–12 brews on tap, including NCAALE—brewed seasonally for Wildcats basketball—and Red Cat Amber. Join UA sports fans here on game days, and enjoy live music on Tues. nights. Pair brews with warm spinach dip or carne asada tacos.
800 E. 16th St.
Family-owned and -operated, Bazil's offers gourmet dining, great service, and a friendly, casual atmosphere in the Foothills of the Catalinas. Specialties include fettuccine Alfredo, cioppino, chicken rollatine, veal scallopini, and cracked-peppercorn steak. Opens daily at 5 p.m.
4777 E. Sunrise Dr.
Peking-, Shanghai-, and Szechuan-style cuisine. Elegant dining in or great carryout service. Specialties include General Tso's chicken, Mongolian beef, chicken lettuce wraps, and walnut shrimp.
7705 N. Oracle Rd.
Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea
Specialties are fresh salads, soups, and an extensive breakfast menu. Light-fare items include quiches, salads, and sandwiches. A variety of hot or iced espresso/coffee drinks is served in this relaxed, no-hurry atmosphere. Catering available.
1730 E. Speedway Blvd.
Try the fresh-baked feta, spinach, and onion bread, or any of the 20 varieties of breads baked in-house at every bustling location. Huge, delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, soups, and from-scratch pastries are perfect with coffee and espresso. Dine in, take-out, and catering at all 3 locations.
520-322-9965, 3026 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-747-7477, 6260 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-461-1111, 421 W. Ina Rd. #101
This outdoor restaurant offers relaxed poolside dining with spectacular mountain views. Featuring shrimp cocktail and creative salads, plus sizzling burgers and fajitas. Full cocktail service is available until dusk, weather permitting. Open 10 a.m.–sunset.
520-299-2020, ext. 5288
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Dr.
Grab a taste of Mexico at this no-frills taco stand in South Tucson. Local favorites include the torta cubana (Cuban sandwich), huevos rancheros, and menudo (tripe stew), but the extensive menu also offers more adventurous options such as tongue tacos.
304 E. 22nd St.
Bisbee Breakfast Club
You won't miss out on the most important meal of the day at this eatery, which serves breakfast and lunch Thurs.–Mon. until 3 p.m. Try the Blue Wally Cakes: blueberry-walnut pancakes served with maple syrup.
520-432-5885, 75A Erie St. (Bisbee); 520-579-7495, 4131 W. Ina Rd. (Tucson)
Bisbee Coffee Company
Bustling town center with patio views of Main Street. Perfect people-watching location. Fresh-baked pastries, cheesecakes, coffee-roasting on the premises. Soup and sandwiches, espresso by trained baristas. Open every day.
#2 Copper Queen Plaza
Meet your friends at this unique bar without having to eat bar food. Enjoy grilled deli sandwiches, bread-bowl soups, salads, and appetizers. Full bar includes microbrews, imported beers, and daily drink specials.
326 N. 4th Ave.
BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs
This friendly, hole-in-the-wall eatery not only serves up a menu full of authentic Mexican favorites such as tacos and burritos, but also specializes in the Sonoran hot dog—an all-beef frank wrapped in bacon and smothered with onions, tomatoes, beans, and more.
520-207-2245, 2680 N. 1st Ave.; 520-295-0105, 5118 S. 12th Ave.
Sporting a casual-chic atmosphere, panoramic city views, and a bright dining room, the menu offers a fresh new perspective on Mexican classics. The bar is the focal point of the dining room, offering refreshing signature drinks and margaritas using seasonal fruits; cocktails; wine; and nearly 30 premium tequilas. Daily happy hour.
2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 246
Blue Willow Restaurant, Gift Shop & Bakery
A Tucson tradition serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Enjoy patio dining, delicious desserts, and the nifty gift shop. Sample the well-known breakfast specialties, including huevos rancheros and tofu scrambled eggs, or the nightly dinner specials.
2616 N. Campbell Ave.
Bluefin Seafood Bistro
Bluefin boasts fresh seafood, including lobster, crab legs, oysters, shrimp, and more, for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, which includes chef specialties like blueberry ricotta pancakes and poached eggs on crab cakes. This comfortable eatery also features an extensive wine list, patio dining, and live jazz.
Casas Adobes Plaza
7053 N. Oracle Rd.
Bob Dobbs Bar & Grill
Some would argue it's the festive patio, friendly neighborhood crowd, and casual atmosphere that make this one of Tucson's most popular sports bars. But those who really know the secret to Bob Dobbs' success point to one thing, and one thing only: the Bob Burger.
2501 E. 6th St.
Bob's Steak & Chop House
Dust off your cowboy boots and pull on your Stetson—it's time for high-class cowboy cookin'. Surf and turf options include rib eye, filet mignon, and porterhouse steak, plus shrimp, lobster, and fish. All entrées come sided by a large glazed carrot, potatoes, and warm bread.
Omni Tucson National Resort
2727 W. Club Dr.
Enjoy street-style tacos at this university area eatery, which serves up distinctive variations on the classic Mexican staple. Diners can choose from 15 different tortilla fillers, including traditional carne asada, barbecue pork, certified Angus rib eye, and even octopus.
828 E. Speedway Blvd.
Bread and Butter Café
One step inside this popular café and you'll realize you've found a little slice of heaven. The menu features comfort-food favorites such as pork chops, meat loaf, and chicken fried steak. And no meal here is complete without a slice of the freshly baked pie.
4231 E. 22nd St.
A Tuscan countryside villa awaits your arrival. Bring your imagination, appetite, and sense of adventure to Brio. The popular Italian eatery offers a large menu, including mozzarella bruschetta, pasta alla vodka, and chicken Milanese, as well as a full bar, drink specials, catering, and "Tuscan Tasters" options for only $3.95.
150 W. Wetmore Rd.
Brooklyn Pizza Company
Step into this café atmosphere for a taste of the Big Apple right here in Tucson. Enjoy hand-tossed pizzas, breakfast calzones, salads, garlic knots, and hero sandwiches. Finish your meal with homemade Italian ice or gelato. Lunch specials and discounts daily. 100% solar powered.
534 N. 4th Ave.
What began more than 20 years ago as a humble bagelry has evolved into a full-fledged café chain, serving everything from coffee and bagels to wraps, sandwiches, soups, and salads. For breakfast, the fresh-baked bagels come topped with one of 13 cream cheese flavors. Herby Turkey is a lunch favorite.
520-206-0002, 1 W. Congress St.; 520-325-4567, 1064 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-323-0033, 3843 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-575-0651, 11165 N. La Cañada Dr., Ste. 161; 520-745-0800, 6165 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-885-0123, 7127 E. Tanque Verde Rd.; 520-529-7424, 5665 N. Swan Rd.; 520-292-1111, 88 W. River Rd.; 520-531-9615, 7320 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Brushfire BBQ Co.
You won't find red-and-white-checked tablecloths at this modern barbecue restaurant. The fire-painted walls signify what they do best. From salmon to pork, smoked meats and brisket can be ordered as a meal, by the pound, or on a sandwich, and topped with one of 6 homemade sauces.
520-624-3223, 2745 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-867-6050, 7080 E. 22nd St.
This popular restaurant, which has become a Tucson tradition to many, offers an extensive menu featuring Angus prime rib and steaks, hickory-smoked barbecue, and juicy hamburgers. The wide variety of fresh seafood available daily also proves a big draw. Full bar.
520-881-2226, 7385 S. Houghton Rd.
Traditional sushi lovers will fall for Bushi's entrées and exotic fish, while Asian food fanatics enjoy renowned teriyaki- and sesame-flavored chicken, beef, and shrimp dishes. Sake martinis in unexpected flavors such as citrus, wasabi, and plum are a big hit during happy hour.
4689 E. Speedway Blvd.
C.I. Chu's Mongolian BBQ
A contemporary Mongolian restaurant that takes traditional notions of the buffet to a new level. Make your selection (beef, chicken, or tofu), then watch a chef cook it up on a hot flat-top grill. Entrées come with soup, rice, and bread. All-you-can-eat after 5 p.m.
7039 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Cactus Rose Steakhouse
Located in the Doubletree by Hilton hotel, the Cactus Rose Steakhouse and its local chef Albert DiIeso offer casual dining indoors or by the fire on the romantic patio. The house specialty, prime rib, is a highlight on the extensive steakhouse menu. Also serving breakfast, lunch, and an award-winning Sunday brunch.
445 S. Alvernon Way
Café à la C'Art
Luncheon items include a salmon club, soups, hamburgers with seasoned fries, fresh salads, amazing pastries, and more. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Many guests enjoy dining alfresco overlooking the Tucson Museum of Art's lush courtyard. Open Mon.–Fri.
Tucson Museum of Art
150 N. Main Ave.
Try this downtown bistro serving fresh and imaginative cuisine, including soups, salads, desserts, entrées, and specials that change daily. Open for lunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Catering available
54 E. Pennington St.
Try poached salmon over mixed greens, melted Brie with almonds on a baguette, or a ham-and-cheese croissant—the baked goods are made in-house! Decadent French dishes such as steak tartare and lamb chops Provençale steal the spotlight at dinner on Fri. and Sat. nights.
2360 N. Swan Rd.
Try a ham & Brie sandwich or house-made scone at this popular European-style café, or simply relax on the spacious patio and sip an espresso. In the evening, come by for a light dinner and a cocktail made with house-infused liquor and stick around for live jazz, folk, or blues.
415 N. 4th Ave.
Music is the theme of this festive eatery, with fresh ingredients, made-to-order meals, and friendly service included on the playlist. Tempt both senses of hearing and taste as live music—from Spanish guitar to blues to classic rock—accompanies specialties of the house: shrimp scampi, chicken pesto, and crème brûlée.
7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Café Poca Cosa
This restaurant has become one of the leaders in classy Mexican cuisine. Homemade dishes: beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetarian. Home-style lunch and dinner menu changes twice daily. For breakfast or lunch, try little Café Poca Cosa at 151 N. Stone Ave.
110 E. Pennington St.
This charming restaurant in the center of Old Bisbee has won a devoted following with its fresh, innovative cuisine. Try the roasted half duck in dried cranberry, honey, and Merlot sauce or any of the items on this contemporary, creative menu. Open Thurs.–Sat. Live jazz on Fri.
35 Main St.
Caffé Lucé Coffee Roasting Company
Catch a glimpse of what it takes to make gourmet coffee at this traditional "roasteria." Try the Aztec Mocha—an espresso drink blended with steamed milk, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pastries and other breakfast goodies complement the Arabica coffee roasted in-house.
520-207-5504, 943 E. University Blvd. #191; 520-395-0266, 4205 N. Campbell Ave.
A lively Italian café in the heart of downtown Tucson. Lunch and dinner menus differ, so begin with authentic panini, fresh pasta, and salad, then enjoy a candlelit dinner with antipasti, chicken, veal, salmon, and more. Try the Italian flan for dessert, paired with strong Italian espresso and cappuccino
46 W. Congress St.
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Caffé Torino Ristorante Italiano
Newly expanded northern Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an authentic flair. Specialties include veal, seafood, and homemade pasta. Full bar with Italian and domestic wines. Enjoy dining in the romantic dining room or on the patio overlooking the Santa Catalina Mountains.
520-219-2994 (Oro Valley)
10325 N. La Cañada Dr. #151
Offering a wide selection of coffees and teas, as well as specialty smoothies, sandwiches, and salads made to order. Pastries are baked fresh daily. Enjoy a casual atmosphere with free WiFi available. Also featuring a drive-through, where you can order your favorite drinks and pastries to go.
2965 N. Campbell Ave.
Casual ambiance featuring mountain and pool views and both indoor and outdoor dining. Serving breakfast, lunch, and Blues, Brews & Barbeque Sunday Brunch with live music, an outdoor grill, and beer from a local distributor on tap.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Dr.
Carraba's Italian Grill
Black-and-white family photos of the Carraba family hang on earth-tone-colored walls that evoke the Tuscan countryside and welcome diners as part of the family. Original recipes such as chicken marsala, Prince Edward Island mussels, and Filet Fiorentina come from the Carrabas' native Italy.
7635 N. Oracle Rd.
Popular in Tucson since the 30s, Caruso's specializes in southern Italian cooking that includes lasagna al forno, shrimp marinara, eggplant parmigiana, and, of course, pizza. Wine and beer are served, and the patio is lovely.
434 N. 4th Ave.
There's a reason the first Casa Molina has been serving devoted customers for almost 60 years and the other locations are always busy. The food sets a standard that others only try to match—examples are the carne seca, the chiles rellenos, and the chimichangas. Margaritas are the house specialty.
520-326-6663, 4240 E. Grant Rd.; 520-795-7593, 3001 N. Campbell Ave.
Casa Sanchez: Mom's Mexican Food
Dine in this home-style atmosphere with vibrant Mexican decor and energizing music. The large menu includes spicy green-chile pork burritos, carne asada made any style, and chicken enchiladas with a special red sauce. Or, stop in for a traditional Mexican breakfast.
8320 N. Thornydale Rd.
Casa Vicente Restaurante Español
Dinner here is never boring thanks to the lineup of evening entertainment such as tango and Spanish guitar paired with tapas and paella. Specialties include pato sol y sombra, "duck with sun and shadow," and atun a la mostaza—seared ahi tuna in a mustard-and-pine-nut sauce.
375 S. Stone Ave.
This lobby lounge offers breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Afternoon tea served seasonally; signature cocktail service 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Sun.–Thurs. and 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; live entertainment 5:30–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; and dancing Fri. and Sat. evenings 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
520-299-2020, ext. 5333
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Dr.
Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar
Look out onto stunning desert views at this Southern-style restaurant at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Golf Club, featuring competition-style barbecue specialties. Try baby-back ribs seasoned with specialty sauces and rubs made in-house, pulled-pork sandwiches, and award-winning carne asada.
3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Blending elegance with comfort, Cayton's welcomes diners to a relaxing dining experience. The menu boasts local ingredients in many of its dishes, including the prickly pear vinaigrette, adobo-seared tilapia, and margarita slaw. Request a table on the patio to enjoy appetizers and cocktails accompanied by an Arizona sunset.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
6501 Boulder Bridge Pass
You'll find more than just green corn tamales and carne asada tacos at this quirky breakfast and lunch café. An extensive salsa selection tops many of the breakfast burritos stuffed with chorizo, machaca, beans, and scrambled eggs, while a healthy serving of menudo provides the ultimate morning-after remedy.
2027 S. Craycroft Rd.
Chaco's, a Sonoran-style café, features an intimate atmosphere with all the comforts of home. Offers breakfast and lunch dishes with a traditional Mexican flair. Specialties include menudo, albóndigas, chorizo and eggs, sour cream chicken enchiladas, and carnitas. And, don't forget the mouth-watering flan for dessert.
2027 S. Craycroft Rd.
Chantilly Tea Room
Enjoy the pleasures of afternoon tea, or take in a scrumptious breakfast or bountiful lunch. Choose to dine in the vintage tearoom or outside in the "secret garden" among flowers and a waterfall. Menu items include breakfast bakes, quiches, soups, salads, and desserts.
5185 N. Genematas Dr.
Chef Alisah's Restaurant
Mix up your menu and try a new Tucson original: Bosnian cuisine. Order the house specialty, cevapi (Bosnian sausages) or other traditional dishes, such as sarma (stuffed cabbage leaves), pljeskavica (Bosnian-style hamburgers), with tufalhija (apple cake) and imported Bosnian coffee for dessert.
5931 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 117
Experience authentic Thai cuisine and Chinese Mandarin and Szechuan-style dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. Pad Thai, salmon pineapple curry, Bangkok delight, Siam duck, sesame chicken, Happy Family, Mongolian beef, and seafood combinations available. Top it off with homemade Thai coconut ice cream. Take-out and delivery (limited area) available.
6546 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Start with a soft tortilla. Add cilantro-lime rice, beans, salsa, cheese, and a choice of carnitas, barbacoa, chicken, or steak. Roll it up, and you end up with one of Chipotle's massive burritos. This favorite lunchtime spot, equipped with industrial fixtures, also offers tacos, salads, margaritas, and beer.
520-628-7967, 905 E. University Blvd.; 520-326-1009, 4774 E. Grant Rd.; 520-888-0444, 235 W. Wetmore Rd.520-325-1261, 3055 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-544-3868, 7555 N. La Cholla Blvd.; 520-908-7440, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.
Chocolate Iguana on 4th
Found along Tucson's eclectic Fourth Ave., this unique coffee shop serves tasty java drinks, as well as lively salads, soups, a variety of sandwiches (the turkey pesto proves popular with the regulars), ice cream treats, 150 types of candy, and pastries made on-site.
500 N. 4th Ave.
Create your own freshly chopped salad by selecting from more than 50 ingredients and 20 dressings. Then the pros take over, chopping and tossing, then delivering your creation tableside. Sandwiches, panini, desserts, and a kids' menu are also available. Open daily 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
520-319-CHOP, 2829 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-319-CHOP, 4205 N. Campbell Ave.
This relaxed and casual Baja-style restaurant serves marinated and mesquite-grilled Killer Chicken, as well as fajitas, fantastic tacos, nachos, and a great selection of cerveza, in a fun and festive atmosphere. Happy hour 2–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Open late on weekends.
520-664-0303, 7585 S. Houghton Rd.; 520-722-5117, 7101 E. 22nd St.
Cinco de Mayo
A sister restaurant to the family-owned Guillermo's in South Tucson, Cinco de Mayo offers the same great seafood specials, topopo salads, fajitas, fruit chimichangas, and fabulous hand-mixed margaritas.
3535 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Coco's Bakery Restaurant
Family-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the delicious pies or other treats, all baked fresh daily. Open 6 a.m. daily.
520-745-6108, 6095 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-742-2840, 7250 N. Oracle Rd.
Coffee X Change
Locally owned and operated since 1995, this comfortable little eatery serves up coffee and espresso drinks, fresh sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries. With lots of tables inside and a large patio, this has become a popular local hangout.
520-751-4739, 6841 E. Camino Principal; 520-327-6783, 2443 N. Campbell Ave.
Colt's Taste of Texas
Cowboy up to this Western roadhouse for mesquite-grilled T-bone steaks, prime rib, sirloin, and N.Y. strip served up in a relaxed family atmosphere. Enjoy the full-service sports bar during happy hour with drink and appetizer specials, plus 15 TVs and 2 pool tables. Private banquet room available.
8310 N. Thornydale Rd.
Contigo Cocina Cantina
Take a culinary tour of Buenos Aires—minus the expensive airfare—with such traditional Latin dishes as arepas (tortillas topped or stuffed with meat, cheese, or seafood) and yerba maté short ribs. Signature cocktails include Pisco Sours from Peru and Brazil's Caipirinhas, made with cachaça sugar and lime.
1745 E. River Rd.
Core Kitchen & Wine Bar
An open kitchen, unparalleled views, and Accenture Match Play's home course only yards away invite diners to this intimate destination. The Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant offers up dishes inspired by the Southwest, including chorizo-stuffed white prawns, chipotle-spiked sweet potato bisque, and Mexican chocolate flan.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.
For more than 80 years, the Cow Palace has served up traditional American fare, such as steaks, prime rib, chicken-fried steak, and grilled salmon, in a casual Western atmosphere. Even "The Duke" found it irresistible—just check out the autographed photos lining the walls. Open 7 days a week 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
28802 S. Nogales Hwy.
Three mountain ranges serve as a backdrop for the Coyote Grill, which is nestled on top of one of Green Valley's premier golf courses—San Ignacio. Featuring daily specials specifically designed to accommodate a variety of tastes, this American-style restaurant has quickly become a popular gathering place.
520-625-0112 (Green Valley)
4201 S. Camino Del Sol
Located just south of the entrance to Tucson Mountain Park, this charming café offers breakfast and lunch Mon.–Sun. and dinner—including a fish fry—on Fri. and Sat. nights. Try the mesquite pancakes, frybread tacos, and Sonoran meat loaf.
2740 S. Kinney Rd.
Tucsonans are proud of their authentic Mexican eateries, and Crossroads doesn't disappoint. The traditional Sonoran decor makes eating in a delight, or call ahead and get a meal to go. Enjoy tacos, burritos, chimichangas, and more, or try the succulent seafood dishes, including garlic shrimp and seafood soups.
2602 S. 4th Ave.
Crying Onion Café
Find real home cookin' with an endless menu of breakfast favorites, such as plate-sized blueberry, chocolate chip, and pecan pancakes; biscuits and gravy; country-fried steak and eggs; and Denver, California, and cowboy omelettes. Lunch options include melts and towering burgers.
3684 W. Orange Grove Rd.
This hip downtown hot spot in historic Hotel Congress offers eclectic fare with Southwestern influences, such as Sonoran hot dogs and pulled pork sliders with tempura jalapeño, plus a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. The desserts, homemade and delightful, are as original as the art on the walls.
311 E. Congress St.
Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
Uptown comfort food, garden patios, a full bar, and live jazz have made this 1860s landmark adobe a local favorite for decades. Enjoy penne, shrimp, charred poblanos and cream, and Cajun meat loaf with ancho maple glaze. Stop for a drink before a concert at the Convention Center. Family owned since 1972.
198 W. Cushing St.
Daisy Mae's Steakhouse & Lounge
This westside restaurant serves up the finest mesquite-grilled steaks in the state and features spectacular sunset views. Specialties include baby-back ribs that fall off the bone, 14-ounce certified Angus beef rib eye, chicken, and fish. Full bar and sports on large TV. Casual dress indoors and out.
2735 W. Anklam Rd.
Enjoy an array of fresh menu items, including seasonal fish specials daily, creative salads, plenty of vegetarian selections, and a number of favorites in a casual, yet upscale and fun atmosphere. Patio dining available, full bar and interesting wine list. Seasonal entertainment on the patio.
Trail Dust Town
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Dao's Tai Pan
This restaurant's decor may be modest, but the menu speaks volumes with its lengthy list of sumptuous Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. House specialties include beef noodle soup, pho tai soup, and Vietnamese crepes. Convenient take-out window for customers on the go.
446 N. Wilmot Rd.
Delectables Restaurant & Catering
An ambiance of leisure and charm await at this casual, gourmet dining establishment, a local favorite for 38 years. Try the delicious crepes, enchiladas, lasagna, quiche, sandwiches, salads, and homemade crème brûlée. All bottles of wine half-price on Wed. Happy hour 3–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Live music Fri. and Sat.
533 N. 4th Ave.
Desert Garden Bistro
Set in the Westin La Paloma resort, offering a spectacular view of the Santa Catalina Mountains through 36-foot arched windows. Daily specialties include a wide variety of bistro-style appetizers, soups, salads, and signature entrées. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 E. Sunrise Dr.
Grub on grass-fed beef burgers and Belgian-style fries while looking out onto Congress Street. This local burger joint serves up the freshest ingredients in a 250-mile radius charbroiled to perfection with seasonal greens between handmade, branded English muffins.
312 E. Congress St.
Dish Bistro–Bar, The
This intimate midtown bistro offers an eclectic selection of "Little Dishes," "Green Dishes," and "Big Dishes." "Dish of the Day" features fresh seafood. Near-endless wine selection—any bottle in The RumRunner (the adjoining wine shop) can be enjoyed in The Dish for $12 over retail price.
3131 E. 1st St.
Explore the flavors of South America with Don Pedro's many authentic Peruvian dishes, including fried yucca root and fresh flounder marinated in a housemade special sauce. Wash it down with a unique regional beverage, like Chicha Morada, made from purple corn.
3386 S. 6th Ave.
Dove Mountain Grill
Serving creative twists on classic comfort food, along with a full bar, sunset views, and an award-winning wine list with more than 20 wines by the glass. Crispy calamari, shrimp pasta, lamb stroganoff, veal meat loaf, and house-made gelato and sorbet are part of the ever-changing menu.
12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Ste. 194
Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails
Renowned chef Janos Wilder plants his roots downtown with a worldly dining concept. The seasonal menu features such exotic items as the banh mi sandwich from Vietnam and pot au feu from France, plus a host of sexy cocktails.
135 S. 6th Ave.
Dragon Village Restaurant
Ranked one of the top 100 best Chinese restaurants in the nation, Dragon Village keeps diners coming back with authentic dishes from the owners' native China. Don't miss the popular Mongolian beef or sweet-and-sour pork. Dinner specials for less than $10 come with an entrée and 4 sides.
520-229-0388 (Oro Valley)
12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. #180
Contemporary decor and New American cuisine combine with fresh ingredients to create daily specials, including Mexican entrées, homemade soups, a large array of pasta and salads, and homemade desserts. Breakfast on weekends. Patio dining available. Take-out and catering.
7053 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
As Tucson's hometown sub shop, Eegee's is famous for its unique frozen fruit drinks and signature sandwiches, including the Eegee Grinder. Salads, fries, chili, kids' meals, and hot, soft pretzels round out the menu.
520-888-7933, 3872 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-742-1983, 6210 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-742-3727, 7911 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-744-4599, 7110 N. Thornydale Rd.; 520-325-9901, 2470 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-320-0416, 3806 E. Grant Rd.; 520-885-1803, 6810 E. Tanque Verde Rd.; 520-622-2000, 1400 N. Stone Ave.; 520-881-3280, 2510 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-296-1013, 5601 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-620-1720, 1209 W. St. Mary's Rd.; 520-885-8502, 7102 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-733-7977, 8320 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-790-2446, 1105 S. Craycroft Rd.; 520-571-1666, 1875 S. Alvernon Way; 520-721-9310, 7235 E. Golf Links Rd.; 520-294-8111, 1758 E. Irvington Rd.; 520-746-0960, 401 W. Valencia Rd.; 520-807-4313, 3250 E. Valencia Rd.; 520-792-1470, 2100 W. Grant Rd.; 520-792-1828, 3743 S. 12th Ave.; 520-572-4720, 8160 N. Courtney Page Way
El Charro Café/Bar ¡toma!/La Tiendita
Since 1922, El Charro Café has featured fine Tucson-style Mexican food in beautiful settings, including the original location in the historic El Presidio neighborhood. Rated "Top 50 Plates in America" by USA Today and seen on the Food Network.
520-622-1922, 311 N. Court Ave.;520-514-1922, 6910 E. Sunrise Dr.; 520-615-1922, 7725 N. Oracle Rd. #101
"World Famous Beef and Spirits." This 70-year Tucson favorite is nestled in a historic adobe ranch house with flagstone floors, wood beams, and cozy fireplaces. The house specialty is prime rib. Steak, chicken, and fish are also popular. Don't miss the Adobe Mud Pie for dessert.
2201 E. River Rd.
This family restaurant has been a Tucson tradition for 50 years. Enjoy the house specialty—authentically prepared menudo (a traditional hominy and tripe stew)—while playing a game of pool or sipping a cold margarita from the bar.
1949 S. 4th Ave.
El Güero Canelo
Sample fine Sonoran cuisine in a lively setting, complete with an open patio and live mariachi music on Sun. The menu features such classic favorites as quesadillas and carne asada, as well as more unusual flavors—including Sonoran hot dogs. Complete your meal with a serving of creamy flan.
520-295-9005, 5201 S. 12th Ave.; 520-882-8977, 2480 N. Oracle Rd., 520-790-6000, 5802 E. 22nd St.
El Indio Mexican Food Restaurant
Every meal at El Indio starts with chips and salsa, plus complimentary warm bean dip. Save room for some of the best red chile con carne in town or maybe a bowl of steaming cocido (a hearty soup made with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, and corn). Closed Tues.
3355 S. 6th Ave.
El Mezon del Cobre
Rated a top-10 seafood restaurant by Arizona Business magazine, El Mezon serves Sonoran-style Mexican and seafood cuisine. Specialties include fresh Guaymas shrimp, Enchiladas à la Mezon, Carne Asada Sonorense, and much more. Enjoy your favorite cocktail in the intimate lounge. Mariachis on weekends.
2960 N. 1st Ave.
El Minuto Cafe
In business for more than 70 years and located across from the Tucson Convention Center in Barrio Histórico, El Minuto offers a cozy Southwestern atmosphere. Everything is made from scratch. Great carne seca, chiles rellenos, and fruit chimichangas.
354 S. Main Ave.
Serving Tucson since 1946. El Parador's specialties include fresh fish, filete tampiqueña, and paella. Dine in this beautiful tropical garden atmosphere and enjoy Sonoran and Nuevo Latino foods. Live salsa dancing Fri. and Sat. nights. Five banquet suites and catering available. Happy hour Mon.-Fri.
2744 E. Broadway Blvd.
El Rio Bakery
From huevos rancheros to chile verde, homemade Mexican pastries to fresh flour tortillas, El Rio Bakery, in the heart of Barrio Hollywood, serves up authentic Mexican fare to locals and visitors alike. Look for the sign displaying the colors of the Mexican flag.
901 N. Grande Ave.
WA,S,B, All $
A fun fiesta of a restaurant, this eatery boasts such Mexican favorites as beef and chicken tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. For a little variety, sample the La Bandera plate, which combines 3 different enchiladas. Amid the colorful flowers and pictures of bullfighters, you'll feel as if you've traveled to Mexico.
231 E. 26th St.
Elliott's On Congress
Find flavor-infused vodka, duck tacos, and other twists on classic fare at this downtown eatery, where any combination—like chocolate-covered bacon for dessert—is fair game. Stop by to watch the game in the evening, or pop in late for a casual drink. Try the habanero vodka, if you dare.
135 E. Congress St.
80 years young, Elvira's brings its spirited cuisine to Tubac. With vibrant colors and an extensive tequila bar, every night is a fiesta! Top that off with a legendary menu famous for its chiles rellenos and mango sea bass, and you're destined for a deliciously fun time.
2221 E. Frontage Rd., Bldg. A-101
Empire Pizza & Pub
Try fresh-from-scratch New York-style pizza sans the attitude in this old-fashioned downtown pizzeria. Offering both slices and whole pizzas from traditional pepperoni to barbecue chicken and pesto, the seasoned chefs know how to make their pies, along with satisfying subs, salads, and handmade cheesecake.
137 E. Congress St.
Enoteca Pizzeria Wine Bar
Specializing in rustic Italian cuisine, this unique and comfortable wine bar offers antipasto, appetizers, and classic regional entrées, as well as brick-oven pizzas. Happy hour wine and drink specials help the city of Tucson relax. Located next door to the historic Fox Tucson Theatre.
58 W. Congress St.
Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails
A desert oasis in northwest Tucson recently unveiled a new dining concept to its sprawling resort grounds—innovative regional fare from locally sourced suppliers. We recommend siding Arizona grass-fed beef with Nimbus beer-battered onion rings, and pairing with a glass of vino from Echo Canyon Winery.
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
10000 N. Oracle Rd.
This neighborhood café serves fresh-baked pastries and pies, some of the best coffee and specialty beverages in Tucson, and inventive pastas, soups, and sandwiches, in a comfortable atmosphere complete with wireless Internet. Vegetarian and vegan fare. Specialties include Mile-High Apple Pie and scones. Omelette bar and breakfast burritos on Sat. and Sun. 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
745 N. 4th Ave.
Chef Joe shares a taste of his native Lebanon with baba ghanoush; chicken and beef shawarma; hummus; tabbouleh; falafel; Greek salad with chicken; vegetarian options; and much more. Combo plates offer a sampling of these and other Mediterranean specialties.
1800 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Ste. 168
Famous Dave's offers great barbecue and fun, with pit-smoked meats, secret-recipe sauces, and made-from-scratch desserts. Famous Dave's has collected more than 150 national and regional "Best of" awards for BBQ. Dine in, take-out, or have it catered.
4565 N. Oracle Rd.
Formerly chef at The Dish, owner Doug Levy offers an exciting and ever-changing international dine-in and carryout menu that includes Mediterranean, Asian, and regional American cuisine. Choose from more than 400 wines, and sample the intriguing homemade ice cream. Catering available.
3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
Located in the shadow of the Santa Catalinas, Fini's brings coastal offerings to the desert, with a decor to match. The fish tacos, like the tasty La Paz, incorporate the flavors of their Mexican namesake, while 7 exciting wing flavors, including pineapple habañero, are sure to heat up any meal.
5689 N. Swan Rd.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
The flavor of the Rocky Mountains comes to Tucson with sesame-encrusted salmon and wood-fired steaks. The chefs also whip up new tastes, such as buffalo meat loaf, as well as old favorites from baby-back ribs to pasta. And don't head home without sampling the crè me brûlée cheesecake.
2985 E. Skyline Dr.
Five Palms Steak & Seafood
Celebrate a special occasion in the elegant main dining room with such niceties as foie gras, caviar, escargot, baked Alaska, and tableside crepes. Or, take in city views from the 2nd-floor terrace, and order from the more casual menu. Bars on both floors, each with a different ambiance, plus a gourmet food shop, round out the mix.
3500 E. Sunrise Dr.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
With a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse, Fleming's offers USDA prime steaks, market-fresh seafood, decadent desserts, and award-winning wines. The savory food and wine-pairings list makes ordering easy.
6360 N. Campbell Ave.
Flying V Bar & Grill
Enjoy a sophisticated menu featuring baby-back ribs and a variety of grilled favorites with a Southwestern flair, plus more than 30 tequilas and tableside guacamole. Spectacular views of the city lights and golf course. Open daily 5:30–10 p.m.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Dr.
Since 1972, diners have savored Frank's diner-style breakfasts and lunches. In 2002, this inventive eatery, called Francisco's when the sun goes down, started serving Michoacan-style dinners, and locals have been hooked ever since.
3843 E. Pima St.
Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteaks and Sandwiches
Enjoy a warm, authentic Frankie's cheesesteak made with certified Angus beef and a host of toppings, such as roasted peppers and sautéed mushrooms, served on an Amoroso roll (they're imported fresh from Philadelphia). Photographs of historic landmarks—reminiscent of The City of Brotherly Love—decorate the walls.
2574 N. Campbell Ave.
Frog & Firkin
Stop by Tucson's original English-style pub for a unique dining experience. Sample a world-famous pizza, tasty burgers, or sumptuous sandwiches on the patio or inside the bar. And quench your thirst with one of the more than 175 beers, including microbrews and imported drafts.
Main Gate Square
874 E. University Blvd.
Frog's Organic Bakery
This countryside, farmhouse-inspired café offers large patio seating and community tables, as well as 5-star Parisian chef Jean-Luc Labat's chocolate and almond croissants, quiches, tartines, cream-filled Napoleons, and other fine French fare.
Casas Adobes Plaza
7109 N. Oracle Rd.
Fronimo's Greek Café
This casual midtown eatery offers deliciously authentic yet affordable Greek dishes in a charming setting reminiscent of the Minoan civilization. Specialities include Athenian chicken, lamb shanks, moussaka, vegetarian dishes, souvlaki, and to-die-for gyros.
3242 E. Speedway Blvd.
Bombs away! Just steps from the U of A, Fuku's upbeat menu reflects a youthful and lively atmosphere. Enjoy saki-bombs; American-influenced items, such as chicken wings; plus teppan yaki and sushi. The Wildcat roll comes with spicy salmon, jalapeño, cucumber, avocado, and srichacha sauce.
Main Gate Square
940 E. University Blvd.
Established in a 49-acre desert preserve and located inside a rustic red-brick house with a tranquil fountain garden. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea daily indoors or on the patio. Catering facilities available for 20–200.
7366 N. Paseo del Norte
For good coffee, homemade pastries, and great conversation, this quaint breakfast café is the place to go. Rotating monthly art exhibits and homemade waffles served every Sun. morning. Open for dinner Fri. and Sat. 6–8 p.m.
319 McKeown Ave.
Gee's Garden Restaurant
With comfortable Asian decor and authentic food, enjoy a taste of China right here in Tucson. Gee's offers affordable Asian specialties, including dim sum, Peking duck, and sweet-and-sour soup. Save room for a bowl of traditional Japanese dessert: green-tea and red-bean ice cream.
1145 N. Alvernon Way
Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
A contemporary atmosphere and a diverse menu that includes soups, salads, and sandwiches. Features a unique selection of burgers, chicken, and pastas. Spacious outdoor dining areas. Tucson's original microbrewery offers 8 handcrafted ales on tap, daily specials, and space for private parties.
865 E. University Blvd.
Ghini's French Caffe
Southern French cuisine with an accent on freshness, offering beautiful breakfasts, including eggs Provençale, and lunches featuring sandwiches, pastas, salads, and a daily soup-and-entrée special. A superb selection of boutique wines and beers. Relax on the dog-friendly patio. Fri. nights, enjoy dinner, drinks, and happy hour with a $3 drink menu.
1803 E. Prince Rd.
Experience the warmth of Italy in Tucson as Chef Giacomo visits each table throughout the evening. The unusual blend of sauces makes his lasagna and other entrées delizioso, especially when complemented by the restaurant's fine selection of imported Italian wines. Don't miss the homemade tiramisu and imported gelato for desert.
6878 E. Sunrise Dr.
Taste Japan with fresh sushi and Tucson's first Izakaya menu: Japanese "tapas"-style dishes. Start with the gyoza, pork and shrimp dumplings, or daikon salad. Specialty sushi rolls include the ceviche roll topped with white tuna and the Fujiyama roll decorated with seafood dynamite.
5425 N. Kolb Rd. #115
Gold offers a fresh and contemporary culinary adventure. Executive Chef James Wallace fuses Southwestern tastes with desert-inspired flavors to create a menu that tempts all the senses. Stylish decor, energetic atmosphere. Panoramic mountain and city views.
Westward Look Resort
245 E. Ina Rd.
Sit down to a feast at this large buffet-style restaurant, which features fresh salads, vegetables, fish, and a minimum of 10 meats on the hot bar. Try the family-style pot roast and homemade mashed potatoes. The in-house bakery offers desserts made from scratch.
520-512-0088, 4380 E. 22nd St.; 520-806-0088, 6385 S. Midvale Park Rd.; 520-544-0350, 6865 N. Thornydale Rd.
Golden Dragon Restaurant
The Asian-themed decor and traditional Chinese dishes take diners on a trip to the Orient. With 4 convenient locations, Golden Dragon offers the tried-and-true Chinese favorites, but also serves delicious house specialties such as the Golden Dragon Phoenix and Sizzling Seafood Combination.
520-297-1862, 6433 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-512-1922, 6166 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-299-8088, 4704 E. Sunrise Dr.
Good Egg, The
Enjoy great food daily for breakfast and lunch in relaxing Country French decor. Both traditional hearty and healthy "heart smart" menu selections. Many varieties of omelettes, frittatas, whole wheat and buttermilk pancakes, sandwiches, and salads.
520-512-0280, 5350 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-885-4838, 7189 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-795-7879, 4775 E. Grant Rd.
Govinda's Natural Foods Buffet
Relax in a resortlike atmosphere—complete with fountains, waterfalls, aviaries, and a koi pond—while enjoying international vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Specialties include spinach phyllo, eggplant Parmesan, quiches, veggie burgers, an organic salad bar, and tasty desserts such as carrot cake and mango cheesecake.
711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
Grandma Tony's Pizza & Wings
The thick-crust, hand-tossed pizza is made on-site with a variety of fresh toppings from pepperoni to pineapple, green olives to green chiles. Also try the hot meatball subs, breadsticks, and spicy chicken wings. Daily specials and delivery available at both locations.
520-885-7117, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-886-4461, 7878 E. Wrightstown Rd.
Great Wall China
This Chinese-fusion restaurant offers Szechwan- and Mandarin-style cuisine—the traditional Peking duck is a regular favorite. Check out the celebrity photographs on display, featuring everyone from politicians to movie stars.
2445 S. Craycroft Rd.
Grill at Hacienda del Sol, The
Discover authentic, Southwestern ambiance in the heart of the Foothills. Recipient of Wine Enthusiast's highest honor—Award of Ultimate Distinction—and winner of multiple culinary awards in local publications. Enjoy casual and fine dining with spectacular views and live music 7 days a week.
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd.
Grill on the Green
A Green Valley favorite. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks and appetizers. Enjoy entrées ranging from coconut-crusted Hawaiian wahoo to Thai chicken pasta while taking in spectacular views of Elephant Head and the Santa Rita Mountains. Full bar. Extensive wine list.
520-393-1933 (Green Valley)
3800 S. Camino Del Sol
Relax in this warm atmosphere featuring pale yellow walls decorated with custom Guadalajaran paintings and historic city images. Enjoy central Mexican cuisine, specializing in fresh salsas prepared tableside and fresh ingredients in all the dishes. Live music every night.
520-323-1022, 1220 E. Prince Rd.; 520-296-1122, 750 N. Kolb Rd.
Guiseppe's Ristorante Italiano
A veteran of the local dining scene, Joe Scordato cooks up blue-collar Italian favorites. Delicious menu options include stuffed mushroom appetizers, fettuccine alfredo, and veal stresa, which comes layered with prosciutto and mozzarella. Raise your glass of wine and toast, "Buon Appetito!"
6060 N. Oracle Rd.
Gus Balon's Restaurant
Voted one of America's best by Gourmet magazine, this local spoon has been whipping up award-winning cinnamon rolls, homemade breads, soups, and monster pies since 1965. Breakfast served all day. Open Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
6027 E. 22nd. St.
Looking to try something new? Order Gusto's own Enchelloni—or Italian "enchilada"—a stuffed shell with chicken, onions, green chiles, tomatoes, and mushrooms, smothered in a cream sauce. Seeking more traditional favorites? Gusto has those, too, from eggplant Parmesan to osso bucco to fettuccine alfredo.
7153 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
This intimate, upscale eatery touts a seasonally inspired, contemporary American menu with fresh, local, and domestic ingredients. Choose from a variety of housemade pastas, locally raised beef, and seafood from sustainable fisheries. Lunch and dinner daily; happy hour 3–6 p.m., and $12 Sunset Menu from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
520-731-1100 (Oro Valley)
10355 N. La Cañada Dr. #141
Harvest Moon Chinese Cuisine
Featuring Cantonese, Mandarin, and Szechuan cuisine by chef/owner Quincy Zhang, whose love of cooking began when he was a child. Lunchtime specials range from Moo Goo Gai Pan to Kung Pao, while dinner features mussels in a black bean sauce and orange-peel chicken. Catering and cooking classes available.
520-825-5351 (Oro Valley)
12125 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. D5
The atmosphere may be Western/casual, but this ain't your typical cattle-drive fare. Sip a frosty José Cuervo margarita from the full bar while savoring such entrées as the flat-iron rib eye with blue-cheese sauce or the Cattleboss Pot Roast.
6780 N. Oracle Rd.
High Desert Market and Café
For an excursion around the world without leaving Bisbee, meander through the eclectic gifts and imported delicacies at this colorful market. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., this eatery serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Stop by for take-out and smell the baked goods.
203 Tombstone Canyon
Hog Pit, The
The 1,400-pound smoker at this meat-lover's mecca cooks everything from pulled pork and brisket to rib eye, steaks, sausages, and more. Add other Southern comforts, such as corn bread, ranch beans, coleslaw, bread pudding, and deep-fried pickles and Oreos, and you won't leave hungry.
6910 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Home Plate, The
This home-style restaurant serves classic American fare—such as homemade burgers—and Mexican favorites. The quiet and comfortable atmosphere makes dining out feel like dining in. Bar open late.
303 McKeown Ave.
HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery
Three all-American favorites bask in the limelight here: meat, ice cream, and beer. Dressed-up comfort foods prevail, including pot pie, mac 'n' cheese, and home-pickled corned beef or pastrami. Homemade ice cream and 24 microbrews on tap sweeten the deal.
266 E. Congress St.
Hungry Fox, The
With a cross between good Midwestern and Southern meals, The Hungry Fox serves down-home breakfast fare all day, including its famous double-yolk eggs, hotcakes, French toast, and omelettes, along with homemade bread, rolls, and pies. Breakfast specials available. Food served daily until 2 p.m
4637 E. Broadway Blvd.
Ike's Coffee & Tea
Cappuccino is the specialty at this Seattle-style coffeehouse—double espresso enriched with steamed milk, topped with frothed milk, and dusted with cinnamon or chocolate. Gourmet whole-bean and ground coffees. Unique omelettes, sandwiches, desserts, and pastries. Fine coffee and tea accessories. Free Wi-Fi.
3400 E. Speedway Blvd. #122
Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasures, Ikkyu pays homage to the Japanese Zen Buddhist by the same name. Depicted as eccentric, this monk would be proud of the delicious, inexpensive, and authentic eats here. Bento boxes, rice bowls, and sushi rolls salute the late monk and delight customers.
2040 W. Orange Grove Rd. #180
You don't need a passport to sample some of the exotic, flavorful dishes hailing from Punjab at this sizzling hot spot. Choose the heat intensity of your order, then sit back and relax in this tranquil, family-owned restaurant. Specialities include chicken masala, lamb vindaloo, buna, and samosa.
2727 N. Campbell Ave.
Located at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and offering specialty sandwiches and wraps, made-to-order salads, hand-tossed pizza, burgers and fries, kids' menu, soft drinks, juices, wine, and beer. Serving lunch only. Catering available.
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Step back in time to the 1930s during the heyday of auto racing at Jalopy's Grillville, decked out with antique racing pictures in a casual, rustic atmosphere. Get your engines revving with the special double-patty Jalopy burger and a bottle of home-brewed Jalopy American pilsner.
4230 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 100
This popular lunch spot and catering company features a large menu, quick service, and generous portions, including sandwiches, a salad bar, stuffed potatoes, and the house specialty—muffulettas. For dessert, enjoy complimentary soft-serve ice cream.
520-407-1100, 4545 N. Oracle Rd. #121
Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar
This is the new after-work hot spot, with up-close views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and made-to-share Spanish-Peruvian tapas. The seafood flatbread comes loaded with scallops, shrimp, fish, veggies, herbs, and cheese. Or try a creative cocktail, such as the one made with lemongrass.
6370 N. Campbell Ave. #160
A long-standing Tucson tradition, this popular watering hole offers delicious, contemporary Southwestern cuisine in a fun setting. Whether sipping a famous 46-ounce margarita, enjoying an appetizer, or indulging in a delicious entrée on the covered patio, diners here find exceptional cuisine and service.
445 S. Alvernon Way
Dine in this intimate, award-winning restaurant featuring comfort food with a distinctly European flair—a tribute to the owners' favorite foods. The seasonal menu includes innovative cocktails and ever-changing desserts, such as red-velvet cake and cookies and milk.
7286 N. Oracle Rd.
Jerry Bob's Restaurant
For the ultimate in breakfast favorites, pull up a chair at one of the city's most popular a.m. hot spots. "Smiles are served daily" along with a kids' menu and ever-changing specials. Other options include high stacks of buckwheat and banana-nut pancakes.
520-807-5717, 2680 E. Valencia Rd.; 520-326-0301, 5028 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-721-8888, 7885 E. Golf Links Rd.; 520-319-5642, 3601 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-878-9360, 7939 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-579-7177, 8300 N. Thornydale Rd.; 520-298-5680, 7699 E. Speedway Blvd.
Joe's Crab Shack
The playful setting, good food, and upbeat service work magic for all guests. Offering appetizers, hearty gumbos, and crabs—Dungeness crabs, snow crabs, and Alaskan king crabs. Other selections include seafood combinations, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and chicken. Open daily.
410 N. Wilmot Rd.
The taste of France comes alive at this cozy restaurant that offers diners breakfast, lunch, and dinner. House specialties include braised lamb shank in Burgundy wine sauce as well as delectable salads featuring grilled salmon, nicoise, or roasted duck. Daily soups, delicate crepes, and sandwiches round out the magnifique menu.
806 E. University Blvd.
Award-winning chef/owner Jonathan Landeen presents great food in a casual Southwestern setting. Enjoy Angus beef, buffalo, ostrich, seafood, and fresh fish on the patio. A delightful wine list, homemade desserts, and espresso. Catering available.
6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Kababeque Indian Grill
For fast and friendly Indian food and service, stop by this authentic eatery near the U of A. Featuring chicken tikka masala, naan cooked in a tandoor—or clay oven—and homemade paneer (cottage cheese) wraps. Cool off with a mango-strawberry lassi, an Indian smoothie made with yogurt.
845 E. University Blvd. #185
Kingfisher Bar & Grill
A seasonally changing, standout menu featuring fresh seafood, in-house smoked specialties, regional dishes, and varietal oysters. The bar is a local favorite for happy hour and late-night bites. Perennial winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Live jazz on Mon. and Sat. nights.
2564 E. Grant Rd.
Korea House Restaurant
Choose tabletop dining or traditional floor seating at this authentic Korean eatery. The house specialty, bulgogi, includes fresh vegetables and marinated beef prepared over an open fire. The menu also features spicy soups, stir-fry, and vegetarian dishes.
4030 E. Speedway Blvd.
Kristopher's Bistro & Catering
This family-owned eatery in Southern Arizona serves up inventive cuisine in a country-bistro atmosphere. Sample sandwiches—including the popular sourdough Reuben—gourmet wraps, burgers, pastas, and specialty dishes such as West Coast crab cakes. The bistro also displays the work of local artists and hosts culinary classes.
Amado Territory Ranch
15 County Line Rd. #15
Located in the historic Old Town Artisans complex. Offerings include a multicultural menu with local grass-fed beef and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine. The Cantina serves an eclectic selection of wines, local beer, and creative cocktails. Enjoy live music in the beautiful outdoor courtyard while dining under the stars. Catering available.
201 N. Court Ave.
La Fuente Restaurant
Voted a top Mexican restaurant, La Fuente has been a Tucson favorite for more than 50 years. Enjoy live mariachi music in a beautiful setting complete with authentic artifacts. The talented chefs create specials from all regions of Mexico, including mole poblano, pastel Azteca, and delicious margaritas.
1749 N. Oracle Rd.
Try the chicken or spinach-and-nut enchiladas, green-corn tamales, chicken mole, and chiles rellenos. Located in the Fourth Avenue Shopping District. The casual atmosphere—especially the patio dining—takes one back to Tucson's early days. Vegetarian dishes. Tucson's original Mexican/Native American restaurant.
622 N. 4th Ave.
La Parrilla Suiza
Authentic Mexico City cuisine that's a delightful alternative to Sonoran fare. The exquisite cuisine of Mexico City is a world apart from northern Mexican food. The tacos, meat, and cheese dishes are cooked on charcoal or grilled. Also enjoy fresh handmade corn tortillas and authentic salsas.
520-747-4838, 5602 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-624-4300, 2720 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-572-7200, 4250 W. Ina Rd.
La Placita Café
Featuring authentic Oaxacan and Sonoran cuisines made with only the freshest ingredients and canola oil. La Placita Café's menu includes chicken mole, seafood soup, and Guaymas-style shrimp. Enjoy specialty margaritas, fine wines, liquors, and 26 different tequilas.
2950 N. Swan Rd.
La Roca Restaurant
One of Nogales, Sonora's, best-known restaurants, La Roca serves up the authentic flavors of Mexico in an elegant century-old hacienda. Specialties include chicken mole, fresh seafood, a variety of soups, and more. Open daily until midnight. Breakfast Thurs.–Sun., and Sunday brunch from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Private parking available.
520-313-6313 (Nogales, Mexico)
Calle Elías No. 91
La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill
This fast, casual restaurant's "fresh-Mex" taste is showcased in its open kitchens and fresh salsa bar. Winner in numerous "Best Mexican" categories, La Salsa lives up to its "always fresh, always fun" slogan, using no microwaves, can openers, or lard. Specialties include mahimahi and shrimp tacos and steak burritos.
520-747-0066, 1021 N. Wilmot Rd.; 520-325-2200, 4861 E. Grant Rd.; 520-326-4040, 3007 E. Speedway Blvd.
La Vista Restaurant
Enjoy panoramic city and mountain views and a menu that features a variety of salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts. The restaurant and lounge are open for lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., happy hour 5-7 p.m., and Sunday brunch.
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
10555 N. La Cañada Dr.
Serving up freshness daily, from the mesquite-coal-cooked carne asada to the charro-style beans and rice. Try a Sonoran-style hot dog or la torta sandwich, but don't forget the tres leches cake or flan for dessert. Family-owned since 1993, Las Brasas is flavorful and comfortable al mismo tiempo.
2928 E. 22nd St.
Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine. Specialties of the house range from appetizers to complete dinners, complemented by refreshing margaritas served in a relaxed atmosphere. Two convenient locations; the Grant location offers a Sunday brunch.
520-323-9880, 3602 E. Grant Rd.; 520-297-8341, 6011 N. Oracle Rd.
Le Buzz Caffe/Bistro
This casual European-style bistro is a neighborhood favorite for cyclists, hikers, and locals, offering house-roasted coffee, Italian espresso drinks, homemade bakery and breakfast items, plus soup, salads, and panini from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9121 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Le Cave's Bakery
Famous for its potato-glazed doughnuts—comparable to none—and its airbrushed photo cakes, this neighborhood treasure has been around since 1935. Stop in and choose from a tempting selection of pastries, cakes, and cream desserts.
1219 S. 6th Ave.
Specialties of the house are mussels, duck, pâté maison, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, and veal. Offering authentic French cuisine and Parisian ambiance.
3844 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Legends Bar & Grill
Situated only yards away from one of the toughest finishing holes played on the PGA Tour, this upscale sports pub offers a wide selection of microbrews and draft beers to complement its sandwiches, soups, and salads. Challenge friends to billiards, darts, backgammon, or shuffleboard.
Omni Tucson National Resort
2701 W. Club Dr.
Lerua's Fine Mexican Food
Since 1922, offering fine Sonoran-style specialties, among them prize-winning green corn tamales. Other specialties are homemade flan, fresh shrimp ceviche, and carne seca. Lerua's will cater your party, whether it's for 10 or 1,000 guests.
2005 E. Broadway Blvd.
Li'l Abner's Steakhouse
Discover the best filets in the city, as well as T-bone, top sirloin, porterhouse, and rib eye; chicken; ribs; homemade cobbler; pecan pie; and ice-cream sundaes. A little out of the way in north Tucson, but more than worth the trip.
8501 N. Silverbell Rd.
Lindy's Diner on 4th
Experience the best in huge—and we mean huge—specialty burgers. Choose from the OMG (3 pounds of beef and 6 slices of cheese), the Dirty Sanchez (with guacamole, pepper-jack cheese, and green chiles), and the Velvet Hammer (with a fried egg and Lindy's special sauce).
431 N. 4th Ave.
Little Anthony's Diner
This 50s-style diner features delicious burgers, sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, daily lunch and dinner specials, and soda-fountain treats. It's fun for the whole family, with a live DJ, hula-hoop and bubble-gum blowing contests, 50s trivia, and the chicken dance. Located next door to The Gaslight Theatre.
7010 E. Broadway Blvd.
A serene setting with healthful food and a knowledgeable staff welcomes guests to this intimate bistro. Sit on the patio for views of St. Philip's colorful courtyard while dining on such delights as caprese sandwiches made with heirloom tomatoes and oatmeal slow-cooked in apple cider.
St. Philip’s Plaza
4340 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 164
Lodge on the Desert
The resort's signature restaurant blends flavors from America's melting pot with both traditional and unconventional cooking techniques. The menus are eclectic and reflect Tucson's Southwestern heritage. Dine alfresco on the spacious courtyard patio, or unwind at the cozy, comfortable bar for an afternoon or evening libation.
306 N. Alvernon Way
Lookout Bar & Grille
This Foothills gathering place at Westward Look Resort features "American Fare with Western Flair," specialty drinks, an easy-going atmosphere, and stunning views of downtown. Happy hour Mon.–Fri., 4–6 p.m.
Westward Look Resort
245 E. Ina Rd.
Here, meals are a family affair. Father and son man the kitchen, while cousins greet diners and serve as waitstaff. Family-owned for 10 years, this intimate eatery boasts traditional favorites, like enchiladas, chiles rellenos, chimichangas, fajitas, huevos rancheros, and a breakfast special made with dried beef, eggs, tomatoes, and scallions.
3051 S. Kinney Rd.
The Wong family serves up traditional Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine in a contemporary and elegant atmosphere. Specialties include Lotus Blossom, walnut glazed shrimp, and moo shu vegetables. Head home with more than a take-out box after a trip through the gift shop.
5975 E. Speedway Blvd.
Ask any Tucson native about this order-at-the-counter eatery and they'll probably list it among their favorite local joints. The menu, specializing in all things fried, offers such choices as chicken fingers, steak fingers, fish fingers, and shrimp. And don't forget the side of french fries, creamy coleslaw, and buttery Texas toast.
520-294-7607, 5220 S. Nogales Hwy.; 520-327-5679, 4701 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-323-9329, 2545 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-887-9160, 3979 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-296-9008, 990 S. Harrison Rd.; 520-327-0911, 2712 E. 22nd St.; 520-622-2588, 1465 W. Silverlake Rd.
Luke's Italian Beef
This Chicago-based, family-operated restaurant specializes in Chicago-style hot dogs, Polish sausages, and foot-long subs. Try their famous Italian roast beef sandwich—Italian sausage on French bread with grilled sweet peppers, onions, and Luke's homemade hot sauce.
520-747-8399, 1615 S. Alvernon Way; 520-888-8066, 101 E. Fort Lowell Rd.; 520-321-9236, 4444 E. Grant Rd.; 520-877-7897, 6741 N. Thornydale Rd.
Macayo's Mexican Kitchen
For more than 50 years, this family-owned favorite has treated guests to an irresistible variety of authentic dishes. These include tender pork carnitas, spicy chicken poblano, and blue corn enchiladas. And be sure to sample the award-winning Margarita de Macayo. Open for lunch and dinner.
520-742-2141, 7360 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-722-8090, 7040 E. Broadway Blvd.
Magpies Gourmet Pizza
Locals have voted the pies from this homegrown establishment Best in Tucson for 21 years and counting. Fresh and delicious specialty pizzas include the Godfather, Chicken Picante, and Juan Carlos Pesto. Also on the menu: calzones, subs, wings, salads, and desserts.
520-297-2712, 7315 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-628-1661, 605 N. 4th Ave.; 520-751-9949, 105 S. Houghton Rd.; 520-572-4300, 8295 N. Cortaro Rd.
Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant
Sample homemade pastas and aged sauces at this family-owned and -operated restaurant—serving up homemade Italian food since 1956. Enjoy the pasta bar Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m, or try an early-evening special. Open 7 days a week.
2041 S. Craycroft Rd.
Mama's Famous Pizza & Heros
What makes Mama's famous? The size of its pies. An individual slice is enough to feed two people, and its family-size pizza could easily feed 10. In case that's not enough, Mama's also serves a variety of tasty salads, pastas, and calzones, as well as homemade cheesecake. Catering available.
520-319-8856, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-750-1919, 6996 E. 22nd St.; 520-297-3993, 7965 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-751-4600, 50 S. Houghton Rd.
Mama's Hawaiian Barbeque
This island-themed eatery doesn't require board shorts, but it does ask you to bring your appetite. The Big Kahuna comes with generous helpings of chicken and beef teriyaki and Kalua pork. The Island Burger tops a half-pound patty with grilled pineapple, and the Volcano wings are drenched in a sweet and spicy sauce.
850 E. Speedway Blvd.
The Cañez family has served Tucson extensive Mexican/American fare for more than 30 years. Dishes range from huevos rancheros to carne asada to good ol' American burgers. Seven home-cooked soups are served daily, including cazuela, chicken, albondigas, and menudo. Open daily at 10 a.m.
3530 S. 6th Ave.
For fast, but really great, Mexican food, try this Tucson favorite specializing in seafood. Mariscos serves up tasty shrimp cocktail, ceviche tacos, and fresh seasonal fish. If you're lucky, a mariachi band might stroll through. Some locations offer outdoor dining.
520-623-3563, 1009 N. Grande Ave.; 520-884-3457, 356 E. Grant Rd.; 520-326-1529, 2902 E. 22nd St.; 520-741-0361, 3901 S. 6th Ave.; 520-881-2372, 999 N. Swan Rd.
Maverick King of Clubs
Dinner and dancing is what makes this upscale cowboy eatery/country Western club a favorite since 1963. Two-step to live music, then sit down and delight in the "best burger west of the Rincon Mountains," as well as other daily specials created by Chef Shorty.
6622 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
May's Counter Chicken & Waffles
Touting fried chicken and waffles, okra, corn bread, and more, this Southern-style restaurant also offers a full bar and stays open late for fried food fixin's. Breakfast is served all day, and those looking to stay away from all things crispy can order healthful salads.
2945 E. Speedway Blvd.
From the colorful walls to the traditional Guatemalan music, Maya Quetzal offers diners an adventure with every visit. Sample such South American tastes as the chiles rellenos stuffed with spinach and cheese or any of the delicious meat entrées.
429 N. 4th Ave.
Maynards Market & Kitchen
A market and counter-service lunch spot by day and a table-service restaurant by night. Select from fresh produce, wines, and other market goodies; grab lunch to go; chat with the downtown crowd over coffee; or enjoy the French-inspired dinner menu in the "kitchen," featuring fresh seafood, choucroute garnie, and steak tartare.
400 N. Toole Ave.
McMahon's Prime Steakhouse
Voted Best Steakhouse, Wine List, and Romantic Dining. From steaks to seafood, McMahon's is understated elegance at its best. Casual fine dining includes USDA prime aged beef, fresh seafood, and more than 2,000 wines. Enjoy a cigar on the Smoke patio or live entertainment nightly in the Ivory Lounge. Reservations requested.
2959 N. Swan Rd.
Enjoy traditional Italian dining with great service and delicious entrées in Melio's candlelight setting. Sample such delightful dishes as homemade pasta, savory veal, or fresh fish. Choose a seat on the patio to enjoy the warmth of a fire and breathtaking views. Open Wed.–Sun. Reservations suggested.
2261 E. Frontage Rd.
Melting Pot, The
Fondue is back! This popular eatery rethinks the retro-culinary concept with inspired results. The menu features salmon, lobster, shrimp, chicken, beef, filet mignon, fresh veggies, and more, accompanied by a variety of specialty sauces and cheeses. And chocolate lovers will be in heaven with the decadent dessert offerings.
7395 N. La Cholla Blvd.
This stylish northwest-side restaurant features an exhibition kitchen that cooks up big-city flavor Tucson-style, with favorites such as wood-fired pizzas, rotisserie prime rib, fresh seafood, steaks, pastas, and entrée salads. Extensive bar and wine list. Private dining and gift certificates available.
7892 N. Oracle Rd.
Located in South Tucson and serving hungry patrons since 1952, Mi Nidito (my little nest) offers a variety of authentic Sonoran dishes, including chimichangas, topopos, flautas, burros, and some of the best chiles rellenos in town. The hefty President's Plate commemorates President Clinton's 1999 visit.
1813 S. 4th Ave.
In business since 1976, this family-owned Sonoran-style restaurant features 85 different menu items. Try the cocido (vegetable) and albondigas (meatball) soup—made daily, along with the house favorite, machaca (shredded beef) with rice and beans, served with bottomless chips and hot sauce.
2908 S. 4th Ave.
Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano
Enjoy regional Italian cuisine that transports you back to the old country. Featuring homemade pasta; a variety of fresh fish, seafood, veal, and chicken dishes; and gourmet desserts—all served in a contemporary, casual atmosphere. Patio dining, banquet rooms, and catering available.
420 W. Magee Rd.
Miguel's at La Posada
A fusion of delectable influences from across Latin America. Choose from ceviche Jalisco, pollo a la brasa, pan-seared cabrilla, and more. Delight in breathtaking mountain views, more than 100 varieties of tequila, and specialty margaritas. Daily happy hour begins at 3 p.m.
5900 N. Oracle Rd.
Millie's Pancake Haus
Specialties of the house are German-style pancakes and waffles. A variety of delicious pancakes made from Millie's own recipes, served in a quaint, charming atmosphere. Also, a variety of omelettes and waffles, as well as luncheon specials.
6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Mimi's Café offers American favorites in a lively French New Orleans atmosphere. Enjoy jazzy entrée selections for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, from eggs Benedict to homemade soups to fresh market fish. Try the blue crab cakes with citrus remoulade sauce. Full beer and wine menu.
520-690-9544, 4420 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-747-7273, 120 S. Wilmot Rd.
One of Tucson's best-kept secrets. This colorful, youthful restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes, including a selection of freshly made pho (beef noodle soups). After dinner, Miss Saigon's tea bar provides a relaxing treat with 60 flavors of brew from which to choose.
1072 N. Campbell Ave.
Miss Saigon Bar & Grill
Combining an ambiance of fine dining and a family-friendly atmosphere, this Asian-fusion restaurant brings much to the table. With an emphasis on Vietnamese and Thai food, house dishes include prawns or chicken smothered in a coconut-curry sauce and grilled Cornish hen over fried rice.
4650 W. Ina Rd.
Hang 10 at Casino Del Sol Resort's 24-hour diner, featuring all-American fare such as burgers, soups, salads, and blue-plate specials in a fun surf-shop atmosphere. Be sure to try one of the hand-dipped milk shakes made by the friendly staff.
Casino del Sol
5655 W. Valencia Rd.
In business for more than 50 years. Specialties include green corn tamales, various enchiladas, chimichangas, a "guzzy" tostada, and carne seca. Also serving some American dishes. Voted #1 Mexican food restaurant for 2 consecutive years by Arizona Daily Star readers.
1138 N. Belvedere Ave.
This isn't your typical burger joint. The cooked-to-order patties come with such gourmet toppings as sun-dried tomato, avocado pesto, basil-Boursin spread, ginger barbecue glaze, and pineapple relish, and are sided by fried pickles, waffled sweet potatoes, or roasted corn on the cob.
520-514-9797, 5350 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-624-4416, 47 N. 6th Ave.
Monterey Court Café
Nestled among charming art galleries and shops, the café offers a seasonal menu using local farm-fresh ingredients, including vegetarian, chicken, seafood, and organic beef selections. Enjoy indoor and patio dining, along with live music, in this renovated 1930s motor court along historic Miracle Mile.
505 W. Miracle Mile
Montgomery's Grill & Saloon
Head to Vail, a community southeast of Tucson, for home cooking in a friendly, Southwestern-style atmosphere. Specials change daily, but don't miss out on ordering the ever-present Cajun chicken pasta, mouthwatering burgers, and beer-battered Alaskan cod.
13190 E. Colossal Cave Rd.
Mother Hubbard's Café
Spice up your usual breakfast at this longtime westside staple, where the menu ditches typical diner fare for contemporary and flavorful Native American cooking. Try the savory green-corn waffle, or drown your dish in the expansive hot-sauce selection, all made in-house.
14 W. Grant Rd.
Mr. An's Teppan Steak & SushI
Local restaurateur KC An adds another successful business to his resumé His Tokyo-trained head chef fuses European and Asian ingredients, creating exciting and unique entrées such as seafood-rice bowls and pasta topped with an Asian alfredo sauce.
6091 N. Oracle Rd.
Mt. Lemmon Cookie Cabin
A half-dozen flavors of plate-sized cookies more than satisfy any sweet tooth; some even attempt to conquer the famous ice cream cookie. But, there's also made-to-order pizza and homemade beef chili if you don't prefer eating dessert first.
520-576-1010 (Mt. Lemmon)
12781 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy.
Neo Malaysian Kitchen
This contemporary Asian eatery serves unique Malaysian cuisine such as the house special—a clay pot filled with vegetables, tofu, and four types of meat and seafood in a spicy dark sauce. Also try the Chilean sea bass in a lemongrass, turmeric, and coconut cream sauce.
6133 E. Broadway Blvd.
New Delhi Palace
Tucson's first authentic, award-winning Indian restaurant specializing in a wide variety of vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes. Try the popular chicken tikka masala in a spicy cream sauce, or opt for the lunch buffet offered daily. Full bar with 35 brands of beers from around the world.
6751 E. Broadway Blvd.
Nico's Mexican Food
Fast food with style. Everything here is prepared in a timely fashion without sacrificing freshness. Menu includes typical Mexican fare—chimichangas, burritos, enchiladas, and the like—all made with fresh ingredients, never canned. Open 24 hours.
520-327-3190, 2965 N. Campbell Ave.; 520-292-9797, 3984 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-744-2444, 4231 W. Ina Rd.; 520-744-4370, 9665 N. Thornydale Rd.; 520-296-5693, 7114 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-290-1799, 7865 E. Golf Links Rd.; 520-512-0312, 3910 E. 29th. St.
Nimbus Brewing Company
A Tucson staple, this brewery satisfies your taste for great ale. Made in state-of-the-art facilities, these microbrews have been a favorite since 1996. Try beer-battered appetizers or the homemade Mexican food paired with one of 6 signature ales.
520-745-9175, 3850 E. 44th St., Ste. 138; 520-269-6309, 6464 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
As the name suggests, you won't find any anchovies here, but you will find a menu full of gourmet pizzas, including the buffalo-wing chicken, meat-head, and veggie. This renovated restaurant also has a full bar and daily drink specials. Enjoy the large patio and college atmosphere.
870 E. University Blvd.
Noble Hops Craft Beer + Fine Fare
Experience breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains while enjoying a seasonal menu featuring unconventional pub fare, such as drunken chicken and lobster cigars. Pair the food with a quality microbrew or any of the more than 115 beers available, 28 on tap.
1335 W. Lambert Ln.
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North Italian Farmhouse
The modern Italian menu features fresh takes on grilled and roasted specialties from the wood-fired oven, plus unique antipasti, artful pastas, gourmet pizzas, seasonal fish, and an excellent wine list. Casual and hip for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, with amazing city views.
2995 E. Skyline Dr.
O'Malleys on Fourth
Irish-pub theme in the original O'Malley Hardware building on historic Fourth Ave. TVs, pool tables, games, jukebox, and live music on the weekends—O'Malleys has something for everybody. Try the Sonoran chicken sandwich or some tasty buffalo wings.
247 N. 4th Ave.
This seasonal restaurant, located at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, has a varying menu concentrating on the native Southwestern region. Enjoy the museum's exclusive creations of salads, fish, or grilled meats complemented by the signature cilantro pesto and fresh-baked bread.
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Old Pueblo Grille
Voted Best Patio. This stylish hacienda features the richness of both Southwestern and American flavors. Specialties include house-smoked brisket, Angus rib eye, rattlesnake eggs, and margaritas made with your choice of tequila. Enjoy the gorgeous patio with live jazz.
60 N. Alvernon Way
Old Tubac Inn Restaurant & Saloon
Discover Tubac's own "civilized saloon," delivering an authentic Western experience, complete with a rustic fireplace. Choose from a variety of menu options, including ribs, steaks, and smoked pork, as well as some Mexican entrées. Full bar stays open late. Seasonal live entertainment.
7 Plaza Rd.
Om Modern Asian Kitchen
The decor may be minimalist, but there's nothing simple about the food at this upscale Asian-fusion restaurant. The kumquat duck breast is a local favorite, and the sushi bar offers such creative rolls as the Gocha-Gocha and Chin-Chin, both featuring spicy tuna.
1765 E. River Rd.
On a Roll
Stop, drop, and roll at this downtown eatery for Southwest-style sushi. Offering an extensive menu featuring specialty rolls, such as the Tucson Cowgirl, stuffed with spicy tuna and yellowtail, and the Sanchez, with jalapeño and eel, as well as other favorites, including Kobe beef burgers and Korean short ribs.
63 E. Congress St., Ste. 121
Fresh pita for dipping, gyros stuffed with roasted lamb, spanakopita layered with feta and spinach—need we say more? The traditional Greek specialties at this kid-friendly eatery will have you shouting Opa! in no time.
2990 N. Campbell Ave. #130
Oregano's Pizza Bistro
This is no strip-mall pizza chain. The menu boasts pizzeria fare with a twist. From the Chicago-style thin crust to the special marinara sauce, everything is homemade—including the excellent stuffed chicken pesto pizza. It's all topped off with great service and a fun atmosphere. Open every day.
520-327-8955, 4900 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-229-9999, 100 W. Orange Grove Rd.
Have a g'day or even a great day at this Australian-themed steakhouse. Try the ever-popular Bloomin' Onion aussie-tizer or Victoria's Crowned filet paired with a spirit from down under, including Foster's on tap, bottled Tooheys and Coopers beer, or Black Opal and Little Boomey wine.
520-323-8892, 4871 E. Grant Rd.; 520-531-1231, 2240 W. Ina Rd.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro
This restaurant combines a unique blend of traditional Chinese cuisine and inviting American hospitality in an upbeat bistro setting. A menu featuring fresh, high-quality ingredients is made to order by highly trained chefs and served family style. Try the lettuce wraps, Mongolian beef, or Chang's Spicy Chicken.
1805 E. River Rd., Ste. 100
Panda House Stir-Fry
Tucson's healthy choice. A cooked-to-order, stir-fry buffet featuring fresh broccoli; mushrooms; cilantro; bok choy; choice of beef, chicken, or pork; and more, all prepared fresh with no oil.
3725 W. Ina Rd., Ste. 110
Paradise Bakery & Café
If your idea of paradise includes an impressive selection of fresh-baked muffins, cookies, and breads; gourmet sandwiches; hearty salads; and comforting soups, this café has it covered. For some zing, try the Southwestern chicken sandwich with jicama, cheese spread, and green chile, followed by warm chocolate chip cookies.
520-882-5003, 845 N. Park Ave.; 520-888-0940, 4362 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-327-2013, 4821 E. Grant Rd.; 520-514-9470, 6129 E. Broadway Blvd.
The tastes of Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana are fused at this eclectic gastropub. The diverse atmosphere includes funky decor and an equally unique menu. Sample the popular bacon popcorn or "bacon and eggs"—braised pork belly served with a white cheddar grit cake and spicy hollandaise.
6453 N. Oracle Rd.
Pasco Kitchen & Lounge
Find local ingredients in such house specialities as the Big Boy Burger made with grass-fed beef and a farm-fresh fried egg. Innovative cocktails include the Father Kino, a blend of tequila, cilantro, jalapeño-spiced agave nectar, and a chili-tamarind rim. Enjoy to-go options from the outdoor farm cart.
820 E. University Blvd.
Pastiche Modern Eatery
Upscale, yet warm and casual, Pastiche offers delightful American-based cuisine with world influences. Features smaller-sized, "bistro" portions, an extensive and award-winning wine list, full bar, and private dining rooms. The wine and cheese shop next door carries more than 600 wines.
3025 N. Campbell Ave.
For authentic 50s drive-in food you can't beat Pat's. This popular local institution serves burgers, of course, but is best known for its chili dogs and homemade fries. Carry out, or if you just can't wait, dig in at one of the picnic tables out front or dine inside.
1202 W. Niagara St.
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Taste authentic Central Mexican cuisine in a rustic setting along the busy downtown streets. The exotic menu includes fresh fish marinated in chile and citrus butter wrapped, steamed, and baked in a banana leaf with homemade pico de gallo. Penca is also stocked with a full bar with an extensive tequila menu.
50 E. Broadway Blvd.
La locanda degli amici (the place where friends gather) is the slogan of this Southern Italian restaurant and coffeehouse. Specialty pizzas with hand-tossed thin crust include spicy Etna (serrano chiles, pepperoncini, and pepperoni) and Greek baby clam. For dessert, savor chocolate-dipped cannoli, tiramisu, and more.
5415 N. Kolb Rd.
Pinnacle Peak Restaurant
Specialty is mesquite-broiled Cowboy Steak. Authentic Western atmosphere for more than 40 years. No ties allowed! In Trail Dust Town, featuring distinctive shops, Wild West stunt shows, train rides, vintage carousel, Museum of the Horse Soldier, arcade, and Savoy Opera House banquet facility.
Trail Dust Town
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Poco & Mom's Restaurant
This neighborhood favorite features an eclectic menu of New Mexican dishes. Sample anything from chiles rellenos, enchiladas, and green chile pork stew to homemade sopaipillas. Don't miss the house specialty—fresh red and green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico—a must-try for any visitor.
1060 S. Kolb Rd.
James Beard Foundation award-winning Best Chef Melissa Kelly oversees the creation of an ever-changing menu of robust and flavorful fare inspired by the flavors of Italy, Spain, and the South of France, and featuring organic, sustainable, and local ingredients.
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
This popular sports bar, serving all-American favorites, was voted Best Sports Bar Menu and Best Burgers by locals. A great selection of deli-style sandwiches and kids' meals, plus 46 TVs and multiple satellite dishes. Enjoy happy hour and off-track betting, as well as pool tables and other games.
6090 N. Oracle Rd.
The finest cuts of meats, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list, coupled with outstanding service in an elegant dining room, create a special culinary experience. Winemaker dinners throughout the month introduce guests to boutique vintners and offer a sampling of the kitchen's unique menu selections. Open Tues.-Sat.
Casino del Sol Resort & Spa
5655 W. Valencia Rd.
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Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant
In a rich and vibrant setting, Ra combines freshly prepared sushi and Japanese-fusion dishes in an upbeat, energetic atmosphere. The result is a place that is both unpretentious and fashionable. "It's more fun in the Ra."
2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 289
Raging Sage Coffee Roasters
Sip on award-winning coffee roasts and taste delectable pastries, including vegan scones (they happen to be all the rage). The ingredients couldn't be fresher—the same trees that shade the patio bear fruit for the homemade orange marmalade. Lounge indoors with the savory smell of coffee or outside among the sweet scent of citrus.
2458 N. Campbell Ave.
Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink
A historic gem in the heart of downtown, Reilly sits in a repurposed funeral home of the same name. Dig in to one of 9 handcrafted pizzas while mixing things up with inventive cocktails and a creative dessert, like tiramisu in a jar.
101 E. Pennington St.
Renee's Organic Oven
Fresh ingredients plus unusual recipes make this pizzeria an instant favorite. Spice things up with a Middle East or Thai red curry pie. Serving up homemade organic sauces, pastas, desserts, and made-to-order salads.
7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
An American café featuring healthful pastas, fresh seafood, great steaks, and bountiful salads. A beautiful patio features palm trees, a fountain, and a running brook. Live jazz every Fri. and Sat. night under the stars. Sunday brunch 8 a.m.-2 p.m., early-bird dinner 4-6 p.m. Happy hour daily 4 p.m.-close.
5605 E. River Rd. #121
Rigo's Mexican Restaurant
The irresistible variety of authentic Mexican food at this family-owned South Tucson establishment has attracted many guests and celebrities since its 2000 opening. Specialties include chiles rellenos and shrimp fajitas, and the menu continues to tempt with menudo, chimichangas, flautas, topopos, and enchiladas. Breakfast buffet every day, 6-10:30 a.m.
2527 S. 4th Ave.
Rillito Room & Clubhouse, The
Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club boasts a café and sports bar with big-screen TVs for dining and fun 7 days a week. Enjoy everything from house-made soups to fresh salads and wraps. Indoor and outdoor banquet facilities available. Open to the public.
4001 N. Country Club Rd.
Located in the historic Sam Hughes neighborhood, this family-owned market and eatery has a distinct East Coast feel. Feast on daily lunch specials such as eggplant Parmesan, grilled swordfish, and deli sandwiches, or help yourself to the salad bar. Weekend omelette and waffle bar. Fresh-baked goods served daily.
2513 E. 6th St.
Exciting sports bar and restaurant featuring steaks, ribs, pasta, pizza, seafood, and dessert specialties. Huge on-tap and bottled beer selection, full wine list. Seventeen TVs, with a full range of satellite and cable sports channels, make this a sports haven for fans of every type.
520-577-0021, 6866 E. Sunrise Dr.; 520-749-8555, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd.; 520-584-1610, 250 S. Craycroft Rd.
Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria
For authentic Chicago-style pizza, try Rocco's deep-dish, stuffed-crust, or thin-crust pizzas. This local favorite has a laid-back atmosphere and features some of the best slices this side of the Windy City. Beer specials and patio dining available.
2707 E. Broadway Blvd.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Authentic Italian pasta, veal, steaks, seafood, and pizza. Tables are draped with white linen and covered with white paper so that you can create your own masterpiece with crayons. Italian music and a strolling opera singer add to the unique and casual dining experience. Children's and carryout menus available.
520-790-0177, 5100 E. Broadway Blvd. #163; 520-544-4655, 2265 W. Ina Rd.
Rosa's Mexican Food
This family restaurant has been a Tucson favorite for 41 years. Sit next to the colorful mural by Francisco Franklin, and enjoy Rosa's green chile con carne, hearty carne seca tacos, chiles rellenos, or mouth-watering avocado enchiladas. Catering available. Open every day, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
1750 E. Fort Lowell Rd. #164
An intimate and upscale restaurant offering a complete Japanese menu and sushi bar. Voted one of America's top restaurants by Zagat Survey. In addition to fresh sushi, popular entrées include tempura, beef and chicken teriyaki, and traditional rice and noodle dishes.
520-886-7000, 1101 N. Wilmot Rd.; 520-741-1000, 3210 E. Valencia Rd.
Saffron Indian Bistro
Fusing authentic North Indian cuisine with a modern, upscale atmosphere, Saffron Indian Bistro provides a unique dining experience. Flavorful house specialties include saffron shrimp, lamb chops, and chicken tikka masala. Also serving an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
7607 N. Oracle Rd. #101
Sakura Teppan Steak & Seafood
One of the most popular sushi bars in town. Enjoy excellent seafood, as well as steak and chicken teppan cooked to order on a teppanyaki grill. Sports bar, live music nightly, heated patio, and happy hour every day from 4 to 8 p.m. Voted "Best Japanese Restaurant."
6534 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
San Cayetano Dining Room
Site of PBS TV series Primal Grill. Enjoy entrées inspired by the show as well as views of the Santa Cruz River valley and surrounding mountains. Choose from jalapeño rib eye marinated in Santa Cruz chiles and jalapeño juice, and for dessert, the signature Steven Rechlen Esplendor cheesecake.
520-281-1901 (Rio Rico)
1069 Camino Caralampi
Moderately priced, made-to-order brick-oven pizzas featuring the new artisan crust and the original thin and crispy. Menu also includes chopped salads, soups, panini, and pastas, with a selection of beer and wine. Contemporary, comfortable seating and a community dining table. Eat-in or to-go for lunch and dinner.
520-297-8575, 7117 N. Oracle Rd.; 520-514-1122, 5285 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-795-0344, 2990 N. Campbell Ave.
Many Tucsonans list this small eatery, established in 1978, among their favorite lunch spots. Renowned deli sandwiches include the Susie Sorority, Omar Special, and the famous Italian grinder. Enjoy a meal inside or on the picnic benches out front.
754 E. Grant Rd.
Savaya Coffee Market
Hand-selected beans from organic farms around the world are roasted daily in this popular café. Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup with friends, or purchase some to take home. Also look for educational classes and equipment for the ultimate coffee connoisseur. Some locations also offer organic cookies, cakes, and other coffeehouse goodies.
5350 E. Broadway Blvd. #174; 12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Ste. 192; La Enacantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.
Sit among ponderosa pines atop Mt. Lemmon and sample slow-cooked brisket, pulled pork, make-your-own mac ’n’ cheese, and the Cyclist’s Sandwich—a garlic bread, pesto pasta, and Cajun chicken creation—before coasting back down the scenic road.
520-576-9147 (Mt. Lemmon)
12976 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy.
This sophisticated pizzeria offers rustic, artisan pizzas by award-winning chef Daniel Scordato, as well as salads and Italian sandwiches. Imported ingredients include fontina, Parmesan-Reggiano, and robiola cheese; prosciutto; and guanciale (cured pork jowl). Don't miss the panna cotta with fruit compote and cannoli for dessert.
St. Philip's Plaza
4280 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 55
Seven Cups Tea House
This specialty teahouse features Chinese tea grown by farmers in China—from green and white teas to rare blends. Seven Cups has modeled its soothing atmosphere after a traditional Chinese teahouse, complete with rosewood tables and porcelain teapots. Snack on wonderful Japanese pastries, biscotti, or ice cream.
2516 E. 6th St.
A Tubac favorite, Shelby's boasts fresh seafood, beef, poultry, and pasta. Specialties include house-cured salmon and Tubac village wraps. Enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the beautiful patio.
19 Tubac Rd.
A longtime Tucson favorite, Sher-e-Punjab serves up authentic home-style Indian cuisine, including delectable samosas, fragrant curries, and a host of basmati rices, fresh-from-the-tandoori-oven naans and various vegetarian items, including palak paneer—fresh spinach and homemade cheese in an intricately spiced sauce—round out the menu. Lunch buffet daily.
853 E. Grant Rd.
Shish Kebab House
Showcasing authentic dishes with Jordanian influences, this restaurant is best known for its hummus and shish kebabs. But with more than 100 items on the menu, guests can always find something new. Friendly owners and a knowledgeable staff explain the unfamiliar dishes.
5855 E. Broadway Blvd. #118
Shlomo & Vito's New York Delicatessen
Until this chic eatery opened,"fuggedaboudit" was the reply when looking for an authentic New York-style deli in Tucson. Shlomo & Vito's impressively serves everything from pastrami and corned beef sandwiches to matzo ball soup, brisket, and potato latkes. Eat in or purchase something from the full deli case.
2870 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 120
Silver Mine Subs
You'll need a hard hat and flashlight to dig into the huge assortment of sandwiches offered here. Try the Mother Lode, piled high with roast beef, turkey breast, ham, salami, Provolone, mayo, oil, vinegar, and oregano. Choose from 7 different side dishes, plus various soups and salads.
520-620-6400, 760 N. Tyndall Ave.; 520-690-0600, 4280 N. Oracle Rd.
Sinbad's Mediterranean-style restaurant features mainly Lebanese cuisine that is sure to please your palate. Located near The University of Arizona, Sinbad's unique dining includes some tasty entrées, such as Sinbad's Plate and Mashaui. Enjoy a hookah bar as well Thurs.-Sun.
810 E. University Blvd.
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Sir Veza's Taco Garage
Go Speed Racer! Make this hot-rod-themed restaurant your next pit stop. It touts inexpensive Mexican favorites, such as 25+ varieties of tacos, tamales, and enchiladas, as well as burgers, wings, beer, and margaritas. The 17 HDTVs and 2 patios combine for a popular place to cool off
520-323-8226, 4699 E. Speedway Blvd.; 520-888-8226, 220 W. Wetmore Rd.
Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar
This sports bar scores high with its large, varied menu. Choose from bacon-wrapped shrimp and lahvosh crisps to burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Build your own steak dinner by choosing the cut, toppings, potatoes, and sides—all while watching a game or enjoying the spectacular city view.
5605 E. River Rd., Ste. 131, 520-296-5752
Not just another bar-food joint to cheer on the neighboring UA Cats, this hip spot offers an eclectic menu and shabby-chic decor. Pull up a velour-covered seat and delve into one of the unique "share platters," like the Firecracker Duck Drums, and grab a drink from the extensive menu selection.
446 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 150
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Something Sweet Dessert Lounge
A regular hot spot for sweet tooths, offering more than 40 desserts with a variety of hot and cold beverages. Staff picks include the red-velvet cake, giant éclair, and Big A$$ Brownie. Open until midnight; 2 a.m. on weekends.
5319 E. Speedway Blvd.
Hand-pressed cheese sandwiches await their adornments, such as caramelized onions and whole-grain mustard, at this heart-healthy coffee shop. The sweets taunt visitors with exotic descriptions like vegan truffles and applesauce-almond granola. Whet your palate with high-quality coffee, tea, beer, and wine; and listen to tunes from the vintage jukebox.
245 E. Congress St.
Stables Ranch Grille
Featuring delicious and seasonally inspired Southwest American cuisine, including all-natural, grain-fed choice Angus beef, fresh fish, and pasta. Beautiful daytime views and elegant fireside and patio dining. Live entertainment on Fri. and Sat. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
1 Otero Rd.
Steak House, The
Take a break from blackjack and enjoy dinner at this Desert Diamond Casino restaurant. The comfortable dining room invites guests to try the restaurant's filet mignon or vegetable-skewered beef tips for dinner, or steak sandwiches and soups for lunch.
Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel
7350 S. Nogales Hwy.
Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon
An authentic Western restaurant and bar known worldwide for its famous margaritas, mesquite pit-broiled steaks, and ribs. Serving only the finest prime and choice cuts, which are hand-picked, aged in the cooler, and served with pride.
520-455-5205 (Sonoita), 3200 S. Sonoita Hwy.; 520-572-1300 (Marana), 3620 W. Tangerine Rd.
Hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, chilled martinis, and an award-winning wine list with more than 400 selections in a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse. The bar is a destination of its own, with live jazz. Enjoy dinner and music under the stars on the patio with a fireplace.
1785 E. River Rd.
With a casual, comfortable ambiance, the setting embraces the Southwest with hand-painted murals indoors and panoramic mountain views from the patio. Serving traditional breakfast and luncheon favorites accented with flavors of the Southwest.
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
10000 N. Oracle Rd.
Touting itself as "Tucson's best food value," this Japanese-themed restaurant offers a lunch buffet, which includes sushi, tempura, salmon, teriyaki, salads, desserts, and more. Fill up with all-you-can-eat sushi and stick around for happy hour featuring beer and sushi specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun.–Thurs. and 10 p.m.–midnight Fri. and Sat.
520-326-4700, 3048 E. Broadway Blvd.; 520-87-SUSHI, Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., Ste. 312
Although the menu offers teriyaki and tempura, the specialty here is seafood—sushi in particular. A casual atmosphere and friendly service complement delicious selections such as unagi (freshwater eel), hamachi (yellowtail), and California rolls.
3971 N. Oracle Rd.
Touting a friendly atmosphere and an all-you-can-eat sushi menu, Sushi Ten offers a myriad of specialty rolls, including the Arizona (with cucumber, avocado, carrot, and jalapeño) and the Tiger Eye (featuring squid and salmon). Great happy hour specials.
4500 E. Speedway Blvd.
Featuring 3 different seating areas, each with its own menu. Take a seat at the full sushi bar for tempting all-you-can-eat daily specials. Choose from the Korean menu—items are grilled tableside. Or enjoy the talents of teppanyaki chefs as they entertain and prepare meals from the Japanese menu.
5532 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tanque Verde Ranch
Historic guest ranch nestled in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. Fabulous lunch buffets, gourmet dinners in the dining room, and outdoor barbecues featuring mesquite-grilled steaks and Western entertainment. Reservations required.
14301 E. Speedway Blvd.
Filled with the pizzazz of Peruvian and Spanish cuisine, Tapas Fusion invites you to grab great food with great friends. The nature of tapas invites conversation and sharing, so you'll always enjoy a lively lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Favorites include the piquillos relleno and fish ceviche.
2970 N. Campbell Ave.
Taqueria Pico de Gallo
For a real taste of Mexico, you can't beat this Tucson favorite. While the place may not look like much, dishes such as burritos, carne asada, fish tacos, ceviche, and fresh fruit pico de gallo, keep locals coming back for more.
2618 S. 6th Ave.
Tavolino Ristorante Italiano
Like a comfortable neighborhood trattoria, Tavolino specializes in simple, elegant food. The menu features Northern Italian cuisine, including fresh salads, homemade pastas, succulent rotisserie meats, and luscious desserts. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat.
2890 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 100
Teresa's Mosaic Café
Stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains complement authentic Sonoran- and Oaxacan-style dishes such as cheese enchiladas and mole negro. Handmade flour tortillas, marinated pork loin, and fine tequilas grace the menu. And breakfast—including huevos rancheros—is available for those who just can't wait until dinner to satisfy a craving.
2456 N. Silver Mosaic Dr.
This relative newcomer near the U of A specializes in one of the most coveted of comfort foods: mac 'n' cheese. Choose from a dozen different varieties, including jalapeño popper, meat lovers, and lobster. Lunch and happy hour specials offer ganga deals; sandwiches and salads complete the menu.
Main Gate Square
943 E. University Blvd. #115
The tastes of Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana fuse together at this eclectic gastropub. The diverse atmosphere includes funky decor and an equally unique menu. Sample the popular bacon popcorn or "bacon and eggs"—braised pork belly served with a white cheddar grit cake and spicy hollandaise.
6453 N. Oracle Rd.
Thunder Canyon Brewery
This award-winning restaurant and brewery serves quality, brewed-on-the-premises beers. The family-friendly menu includes steaks, seafood, pizza, pastas, barbecue, and vegetarian dishes. Breads and desserts baked daily. Full bar.
520-797-2652, Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.; 520-396-3480, 220 E. Broadway Blvd.
This neighborhood market serves sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, and other delicious deli fare. Popular picks include the Groovin' Reuben—corned beef, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island, and coleslaw on rye—and the Chateau Blanc—homemade meat loaf with pepper-jack cheese on a warm onion roll.
444 E. University Blvd.
A weekly stop for pizza-lovin' locals. Homemade hand-tossed pizza, outrageous meatball grinders, fresh garden salads, and awesome calzones. Famous for their "works" and classic "white" pizzas. Tino's has been a traditional family-owned pizzeria since 1984. Beer and wine available.
6610 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tony's NY Style Italian Deli
Walk into Tony's and take a trip to New York. Try the handmade sausage, ravioli, manicotti, lasagna, and the "best red sauce" in the West. Taste the deli subs, salads, eggplant, shrimp scampi, and the East Coast clams with a New York accent.
6219 E. 22nd St.
This eclectic eatery serves up a variety of healthy, fresh, made-from-scratch Mexican food. Diverse vegetarian dishes, as well as specialties such as the Killer Mailman red-chile burrito, mole enchiladas, turkey tacos, posole stew, and the "Dodi" burrito, are healthful and delicious.
299 S. Park Ave.
Bringing a touch of Italy to Tucson, with daily specials, fresh homemade focaccia, innovative pasta dishes, seafood, chicken, veal, and gourmet pizzas from a wood-burning oven. Full bar. Children's menu. Take-out and catering available.
5541 N. Swan Rd.
Tubac Deli & Coffee Co.
This casual deli offers a comfortable atmosphere and one heck of a cup of coffee. Made fresh all day, the sandwiches, coffee drinks, and baked goods keep the locals coming back. Try one of their savory pies baked on-site. And for those who wish to eat outdoors, the patio beckons.
6 Plaza Rd.
Tucson McGraw's Original Cantina
Specialties are barbecued ribs, tri-tip, steaks, and burgers. Southwestern casual dining with spectacular countryside views. Patio dining and entertainment, serving private parties and groups from 6 to 60.
4110 S. Houghton Rd.
Tucson Tamale Company
¡Ay, caramba! This inventive tamale joint offers many unusual gourmet tamales, including chipotle beef, black bean and corn, green-chile pork, and vegan spinach and wild mushroom. Order some for lunch, or carry out a couple of dozen, and don't forget some fresh, homemade salsa.
2545 E. Broadway Blvd.
Turquoise Valley Golf, Restaurant & RV
Hearty breakfasts and lunches, for golfers and non-golfers alike, include traditional American and authentic Mexican cuisine. Fantastic views of Arizona’s oldest continuously run golf course, just outside Bisbee and a stone’s throw from Mexico. Restaurant open 7 a.m.–3 p.m. daily, and bar open from dawn to dusk.
1794 W. Newell St.
Experience culturally influenced cuisine in Tucson's own contempory street-style Asian food bar. Taste the fusion of the Southwest and Asia with chicken, pork, or shrimp crispy street tacos and follow up with fresh-squeezed juice or homemade syrup drafted in-house at the craft bar.
2502 N. Campbell Ave.
Union Public House
Experience comfort food at its finest. Sunday brunch offerings include homemade doughnut holes and a bloody Mary bar, while mussels, soft-shell crab BLTs, and house-smoked pork chops entice diners from noon 'til night. With 30 beers on tap, it's also the perfect place for happy hour or drinks with friends.
St. Philip’s Plaza
4340 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 103
Upper Crust Pizza
Locals don't come here for the ambiance—only a handful of tables line one wall—but for the homemade, doughy New York-style crust. Watch pizzas and calzones as they slide out of the oven, then dive into specialty pies, like the one made with barbecued chicken.
1909 E. Grant Rd.
In place of happy hour, this downtown café has power hour—$1.75 off any smoothie between 2 and 3 p.m. This healthy twist on the tried-and-true is typical of Urban Fresh, an all-vegan restaurant serving up delicious healthful lunches made-to-order from whole veggies and other fresh ingredients.
73 E. Pennington St.
V Modern Thai
Enjoy the bold flavors of Bangkok and beyond in a warm and relaxing environment. Featuring Pad Thai with a choice of chicken, beef, seafood, or tofu, as well as red curry in coconut milk and basil leaves. The restaurant hosts wine tastings on Fri., and Sat. nights, DJs spin tracks from around the world.
9 E. Congress St.
Velvet Elvis Pizza Company, The
Recognized as one of the "51 great pizza parlors in the US" by USA Today, the restaurant features whole-wheat thin-crust pizzas, calzones, organic salads, chicken and rib entrées, homemade desserts, imported organic wines, and microbrews. Designated an Arizona Treasure by former governor Janet Napolitano.
292 Naugle Ave.
Venice Restaurant & Pizzeria
Tucsonans have enjoyed homemade Italian cuisine at Venice since 1977. Tempt yourself with favorites such as lasagna, grilled pork chops, and eggplant parmigiana; or try homemade, hand-stretched pizza cooked on a stone-oven deck. Enjoy daily specials Sun. and Tues.-Thurs.
7848 E. Wrightstown Rd.
This authentic Neapolitan pizzeria boasts fresh sauces, dough, cheese, and dressings made daily. Besides tantalizing pizza, salads, pastas, and panini, it also offers an eclectic variety of small vineyard wines from Italy. Open daily from 11 a.m.
520-325-4122, Plaza Palomino, 2990 N. Swan Rd.; 520-579-2292, 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.
Villa Mexican Food
For 20 years, Villa Mexican Food has provided northwest Tucson with the authentic flavors of Mexico. Experience delicious and exotic cuisine, such as pan-fried tacos and the famous carne seca. Purchase a dozen of the fresh tortillas for an at-home fiesta.
2840 W. Ina Rd., Ste. 104
A warm, casual, and inviting bakery/café with a patio perfect for meals with the family. Breakfast includes delicious omelettes and raspberry-stuffed French toast; and for lunch enjoy gourmet sandwiches, salads, and soups. Catering available.
7882 N. Oracle Rd.
Vistas Bar & Grille
Comfortable dining with great food and service. Specializing in regional favorites, such as the Tamale Trilogy, fire-roasted chicken, all-American sliders, and beef tenderloin. A new private dining area—with room for 100 people—offers spectacular views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Tucson East Hilton
7600 E. Broadway Blvd.
Resting at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, this down-home café offers breakfast and lunch daily in a fast-paced, friendly atmosphere. Specialties include creative omelettes and Belgian waffles, as well as homemade soups, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #361
Tucson, be thankful—Daniel Scordato is preparing his contemporary Italian cuisine in a larger-than-ever kitchen. Vivace's everything-fresh, everything-homemade menu features specialties such as light seafood entrées and innovative pastas. The central location boasts an outdoor patio.
St. Philip's Plaza
4310 N. Campbell Ave.
Wagon Wheel Saloon & Restaurant, The
Grab your Stetson and head on over to Patagonia's original cowboy bar. Try the charbroiled hamburgers, steaks, red-chile burritos, and unique selection of ice-cold beer. Its collection of local mining and ranching antiques, dating back to 1934, pays homage to the Old West.
400 Naugle Ave.
In addition to familiar sandwich choices, Which Wich offers creative, all-day dining options. Try the Monte Cristo, hula (ham and pineapple), corned beef, French dip, or even Elvis' fave: peanut butter, honey, and banana. Look for live entertainment on weekends.
943 E. University Blvd. #125
Named for the Arizona Wildcats' wily mascot, Wilbur's attracts a decidedly U of A crowd to the Viscount Suite Hotel. Sports fans munch on specially priced appetizers, hamburgers, and sandwiches while they take in a game on any of the 20-some TVs.
Viscount Suites Hotel
4855 E. Broadway Blvd.
Wild Garlic Grill
Wineglasses on butcher paper and fresh herbs growing on the patio cultivate an ambience at Wild Garlic Grill that's equal parts rustic and chic. Chef Shultz's French-influenced Californian cuisine is prepared using fresh, local ingredients, so dishes such as rosemary-thyme chicken or San Franciscan-style seafood chowder are sure to delight.
2530 N. 1st Ave.
This award-winning restaurant sets the standard for innovative, classic cuisine. With European and Asian influences, the New American menu changes seasonally. Modern meets shabby-chic in the colorful sky-lit dining room; or choose to dine in the climate-controlled patio or intimate private dining room.
Casas Adobes Plaza
7037 N. Oracle Rd.
The "Tasty Misfits" menu includes comfort food with a twist, such as mac 'n' cheese with crispy onions and Sonoran bratwurst topped with pinto beans and crème fraiche. Also try the creative sandwiches—like marinated chicken sided by toasted coconut slaw—as well as pizza, soup, and salads.
Main Gate Square
943 E. University Blvd.
Authentic Mexican fare served in a historic 1940s landmark and lovingly run by 3 generations of Wisdoms. Nestled between the Santa Cruz River and the Tumacacori Mountains, half a mile north of Tumacacori Mission and 2 miles south of Tubac. Specialties include chimichangas, margaritas, and fruit burros.
1931 E. Frontage Rd.
World Sports Grille
Cheer on your favorite Arizona teams and check out international sports on the nation's largest flat-screen TV, or entertain the kids with arcade games for all ages. An extensive menu includes Kobe beef hot dogs, North African slow-cooked tagine chicken, and beer from around the world.
2290 W. Ina Rd.
Yokohama Asian Express
A healthy alternative to the standard burger-and-fries fast food, this long-standing local chain serves up a variety of quick and tasty Japanese dishes. Favorites from the menu include beef and broccoli, barbecue pork, and the ever-popular teriyaki chicken bowl.
520-296-2115, 210 N. Pantano Rd.; 520-573-3300, 655 W. Valencia Rd.
Experience unique dining with 2 restaurants under one roof. Place your order at Yoshimatsu's counter, or try Sushi Matsu, a full-service sushi bar with fresh and original menu items, many of which are vegetarian. Both dining options place an emphasis on healthy eating. Karaoke Fri. and Sat. nights.
2660 N. Campbell Ave.
Enjoy spicy Ethiopian cuisine such as doro wat (spicy chicken) or spinach wat (spinach and cottage cheese) in this comfortable former residence. Try the Zemam's plate: three menu items served on injera (flatbread). Although forks are available, eating with fingers is smiled upon. Alcohol not served, but guests may bring their own.
2731 E. Broadway Blvd.
Mouthwatering gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings are offered here, along with salads, creamy hand-dipped milk shakes, and a carefully crafted selection of beer and wine. Menu standouts include the Zinburger, with manchego cheese; and Zinfandel-braised onions, and zucchini fries with Parmesan and ranch. Enjoy the modern interior, full-service bar, and all-season patio.
Joesler Village, 520-299-7799, 1865 E. River Rd.; 520-298-2020, 6390 E. Grant Rd.
Zivaz Mexican Bistro
Contemporary dishes and modern decor create a cool place to try salmon asado or pollo en rajas. With beats of Latino pop music from above, stained concrete floors beneath your feet, and trendy artwork adorning the walls, this family-owned bistro has plenty of flavors for every palate.
4590 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson's top-notch destination for artisan pizza, Italian specialties, and an eclectic selection of wines, spirits, and beers. Favorite dishes include the Pizza Boy pizza, Chop-Chop salad, cedar-plank salmon, rigatoni Bolognese. Happy hour Mon.–Sat. 3–6 p.m.; open daily for lunch and dinner.
520-888-7878, 78 W. River Rd.; 520-296-7878, 7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.