Bien provecho! (Enjoy!)
ALL AROUND TOWN (RESTAURANTS WITH
Famous for their Italian Grinder sandwich and retro 70s green and
yellow signs, Eegee’s is a Tucson institution. An “eegee”
is a fruit and blended ice drink perfect on a sunny Tucson day;
makes a great mixer, too.
The only supermarket on our list. Great produce section, low prices,
and an odd sensation of having just visited another country. The
St. Mary’s and Grande location is convenient to the downtown
shows, especially the InnSuites.
Fresh Mexican seafood. Enjoy a michelada (beer mixed with
spicy tomato juice over ice) and a large order of shrimp ceviche
after a long hot day.
Sonoran Hotdog Carts
A hotdog wrapped in bacon, grilled until crispy, and served on a
toasted bun with beans and avocado sauce. Look for them in side
parking lots for a quick inexpensive meal on-the-go.
ASIAN AND INDIAN
Asian Sandwich Deli
Unusual combinations of sliced meats and veggies on fresh baked
French subs. Grab a few steamed-stuffed dumplings for later, as
1710 E. Speedway
Superior lunch specials. Worth the 15 minute drive from the shows.
Fantastic soups for those infrequent cold & rainy Tucson afternoons.
5039 E. 5th St. (St. Mary’s Road turns into 5th as you head
Dragon’s View Asian Cuisine
Excellent, affordable lunch buffet located just west of the Santa
Cruz River, south of St. Mary’s Rd. walking distance from
the Riverpark Inn.
400 N. Bonita
There are four branches in town, but we favor the quiet locale on
Oracle Road in northern Tucson. If you're on your way to or from
the Westward Look show, or are staying in the northwest, this is
a real treat, especially for a quick, tasty and very reasonable
lunch. We recommend the vegetarian spring rolls and sizzling vegetables,
served on a hot iron platter. Outstanding!
6433 N. Oracle Road
Huge bowls of Pho soup, tasty appetizers, and boba drinks with tapioca
pearls. Located in the University area
1072 N. Campbell Avenue
On A Roll
Tucson’s newest sushi restaurant, located downtown. We haven’t
had a chance to try it yet, but rumor has it the rolls are big and
the burgers savory, and they are open late weekend nights.
63 E. Congress
Sher-E Punjab Home-style Cuisine
A quick, satisfying lunch buffet convenient to the Fossil and Mineral
District. Our friend Krista can’t say enough about the vegetarian
853 E. Grant Rd.
Just outside of downtown, Sushi Cho’s earned its spot on our
list due to the quality of food and amusing banter with the chefs
at the sushi bar.
1830 E. Broadway
A lovely little café on Fourth Avenue. Super coffee and breakfast
415 N. 4th Avenue
Chaffin’s Family Restaurant
Traditional American breakfasts with some twists. We like the homemade
hollandaise so much; we get the Eggs Benedict every time.
902 E. Broadway
FYI, there’s a new location at the College Place at the North-west
junction of Oracle/Main/Drachman for those shopping and selling
in the Fossil and Mineral District. Right across the road from the
1601 N. Oracle Road
An authentic greasy spoon Tucson-style where the huevos rancheros
are as good as the bacon and eggs. "Geoff's Special" breakfast
burrito is highly recommended.
3843 E. Pima
BURGERS AND PUB FARE
A boho-hip converted warehouse next to the railroad tracks on east
border of downtown. Local micro brewery, Gentle Ben’s, brews
800 E. 16th St.
Bob Dobb’s Bar and Grill
An old-school University neighborhood pub. Plenty of beers on tap
and you’ll remember the Bob Burger for days!
2501 E. 6th Street
Thunder Canyon Brewery
Located on the far-North side, near the Westward Look Show, this
is hands-down our favorite Tucson pub. There is something on the
menu for everyone and the micro brews are the perfect complement
to your meal. Great patio, too. Our local, and practically a home-away-from
home for the TGMS.net staff.
7401 N. La Cholla
Totally a Tucson institution, Epic Café is a chic, downtown,
boho, art and writing crowd, hippy-friendly establishment with free
Wi-Fi, outdoor tables, homemade pastries and exotic sandwiches,
with a selection of rare and unusual teas that will boggle the mind.
As local as it gets — laid back and cool.
745 N. 4th Avenue (at University)
Glass Onion Café
This veggie friendly and hippy friendly Beatles-themed café
is a little off the beaten track, but if you're staying in midtown
or the northwest it's definitely worth a visit. Home made sandwiches
and desserts, free live performances in the evenings, great coffee,
vintage rock 'n' rolly vinyl decor, and a comfortable 1960s vibe
make this a natural choice for music lovers, existentialists and
travelers. Try the Eggman Egg Salad.
1990 W. River Road, just east of La Cholla
The best doughnut ever, period. Puts Krispy Kreme to shame. Get
an extra large box and share with your neighbors; you’ll make
new life-long friends.
1219 S. 6th Avenue
HIDDEN LOCAL FAVORITES (BRING YOUR
African Art Village Food Tent
Magically appears every year in the African Art Village only to
disappear at the end of the shows leaving us dreaming of fried plantains,
super spicy chutney, and crispy chicken for the next eleven months.
South of 22nd off the Frontage Road
El Torero Restaurant
Where locals go to eat authentic Sonoran Mexican food without waiting
in line for two hours with tourists. The enchiladas a la Bandera
are sublime and they stock a large selection of Mexican beers.
231 E. 26th Street
Mary’s Lucky Dollar
A six table restaurant just south of 22nd Street with the best,
cheapest Mexican breakfast in town. Everything on the menu is our
favorite. If you find it, you’ll be in our debt forever.
1555 S. 10th Avenue
A Local micro brew hidden within the Palo Verde warehouse district
— a stone's throw from the Holidome. Live music most weekends.
We dig Nimbus not just for their great beer and their super-cool
logo of a chimp in a space helmet, but because they actively support
local arts events such as the All Souls Parade.
3840 E. 44th Street
A fast hearty breakfast to start the day. Bring a piece of handmade
pie or a cinnamon roll with you to the booth/room for a late morning
3132 E. Ajo Way
TTT Truck Stop — Omar’s
Hiway Chef Restaurant
A quick drive east on I-10 to the Craycroft exit. The only thing
better than the huge portions and deep-dish apple pie, is the people
5451 E. Benson Highway
Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Jazz-club style cool restaurant with a good seafood menu, excellent
wine list, superior service, and a chic relaxed atmosphere. We recommend
late-night weekends at the bar if you can find an open space.
2564 E. Grant Road
Located in the historic Hotel Congress downtown. The great patio,
an updated menu and the hotel’s nightclub frequently turns
a quick happy-hour bite to eat into an all-night occasion. We have
had the pleasure of dining at The Cup so many times we don't even
need to see the menu anymore. Good wine list and a happening downtown
scene. One of the best spots in town.
311 E. Congress Street
Daisy Mae’s Steak House
Five minutes from downtown this classic western steakhouse is a
great place to celebrate a job well done.
2735 W. Anklam (west on St. Mary’s Rd.)
El Corral Restaurant
A favorite among steak eaters and worth the drive to the foothills
for prime-rib enjoyed in a historic Tucson hacienda. Go during the
week to avoid the weekend waiting list (no reservations taken).
2201 E. River Road
Brooklyn Pizza Company
Tucson’s first solar powered restaurant! Free delivery to
most downtown hotels means eating local is only a call away. Real
New York style thin crust pizza. Beer and wine also served. Our
favorite pizza pie in town. Open late on weekends.
534 N. 4th Avenue
Classic American-style Italian family restaurant. The gorgeous outdoor
dining patio is a favorite local spot for parties featuring antipasto
salad and carafes of house wine.
434 N. 4th Avenue
Enoteca Pizzeria Wine Bar
Downtown pizza and wine bar kitty-corner to the Tucson Community
Center. The place really heats-up when Teddy is serving at the bar
on weekend nights.
58 W. Congress
Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza
Whether thin-crust or deep-dish is your preference, Rocco’s
excels at both. Order wings and the house salad with homemade blue
cheese dressing for a magical feast.
2707 E. Broadway
SONORAN-MEXICAN — NOT TO BE
CONFUSED WITH TEX-MEX
Open since 1922, El Charro Café is the "Oldest Mexican
Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family" in the
US. With several branches in town, be sure to visit the original
downtown location Court Street with its lovely outdoor patio, situated
very close to the TCC. Try the Sonoran Enchiladas — our favorite
Mexican dish in Tucson.
311 N. Court Avenue
This charming Mexican eatery has a hidden back patio perfect for
dining on warm Tucson nights.
622 N. 4th Avenue
Taqueria Pico Del Gallo
Not to be missed. Stop in at lunchtime for amazing battered shrimp
tacos on handmade corn tortillas with rice and beans. Located halfway
between downtown and the Holidome if you plan your drive right.
2618 S. 6th Street
UPSCALE DINING: TUCSON DRESSY-CASUAL
Do you want to impress that Brazilian tourmaline dealer? If so bring
him to the Sunday Champagne Brunch at this historic Tucson landmark
hotel. The landscaped grounds are some of the finest in town. Elegant,
2200 E. Elm
Café Poca Cosa
Great downtown location, ambrosial cuisine. Order the plato
poca cosa (sample plate of three of that night's dishes) so
you can gush when owner/chef Susana comes by to personally check
on your meal.
110 E. Pennington Street
Wide and varied 100% vegan menu with an international twist (Mexican,
Mediterranean, and Italian accents) as well as gluten-free selections,
and a full bar. A favorite among Tucson veggies.
2990 N. Campbell Avenue