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Tasty Tucson – Our Favorite Dining Spots

As we travel during the PanDamit we eat out only sparingly…keeping our distance and always dining outdoors. We also often prefer to cook in our Airbnb, to stay on budget and feel relaxed. All that said, dining out is a big part of travel, and during our visit to Tucson we discovered some delicious local options. So here is our recommendations… Tasty Tucson – Our Favorite Dining Spots.

El Charro

El Charro
El Charro

If you come to Tucson this is a must. The ninety-nine year old restaurant is a Tucson institution and the place to experience authentic southwest cuisine from tamales to tacos to chili relleno. We enjoyed the back patio and our food was delicious, despite the fact our waiter didn’t seem to know how to properly wear his mask. El Charro

Cup Cafe

Cup Cafe
Cup Cafe

We heard so much about this place we had to check it out, if not for the food for the history of the place. The Cup Cafe is a popular restaurant and bar (serving breakfast all day) at the historic Congress Hotel right in downtown Tucson…close to everything. Make reservations if you can, we did and had a no wait table on the patio where we enjoyed great food, excellent service and live music. Order the ribs with green chili macaroni and cheese. Yum. Cup Cafe

Barrio Brew Pub

Barrio Brewing
Barrio Brewing

The beer was great, and we also enjoyed a lovely salad and tortilla soup, opting for a light lunch in this restaurant/brewery located in an old warehouse. Though we didn’t eat the burgers or sandwiches, everything we saw coming out of the kitchen looked incredible. Barrio Brewing Co


On our last night in Tucson we drove to the far end of town from where we were staying because we had heard so much about this place. And it is totally worth it. We made a reservation so we could sit outside and the outdoor area was lovely and guests were spread apart. Wildflower does not have a huge menu, but I actually prefer that. The menu is seasonal and well thought out.


We started with a beautiful hamachi appetizer. Followed by a delicious Kale Salad. For our entries I had an outstanding roasted chicken and mashed potatoes and Arne loved his slow braised short ribs with arugula. A bonus was we happened to be there on half price bottle of wine night (Tuesday) so of course we drank wine.

Best meal we had in Tucson and the service was exceptional. Don’t miss it. Wildflower.

Sonoran Hot Dogs

Well, even though I am not a hot dog eater usually, we couldn’t come to Tucson and not experience this local favorite. So we set out to test several different Sonoran Hot Dogs and here is what we found.

Quench Your Thirst

Moto Sonora
Borderlands Brewing

In addition to the Barrio Brewing Co above we enjoyed the beer at Borderlands Brewing right in downtown Tucson and another beer on the sunny outdoor patio at MotoSonora. We wanted to visit the Owls Club, a funky old bar in a former mortuary in downtown Tucson. It’s a favorite of locals and visitors a like but it wasn’t open when we arrived…next time.

Tasty Tucson

Tasty Tucson – our favorite dining spots. Come to Tucson hungry. Come to Tucson thirsty. Come to Tucson. We are so glad we did.

See last week’s post Nine Things to do in Tucson Arizona.

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  • Reply Bree

    I saw the pictures of the food and Im like Im hungry…its breakfast time here in Australia. What amazing places you have to eat and drink at.

    April 16, 2021 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Heather Markel

    Oh my, you’ve coined a new term love, PanDamit! LOL! This looks like a great adventure – I loved Arizona, nice to see so many great food options!

    April 16, 2021 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    I will definitely save this post for our next visit. Always looking for great recommendations for food and drink when we travel. The Cup Cafe would definitely be a hit with all day breakfasts. But hubby would not want to miss the Barrio Brewing Company. He always want to try local beers.

    April 17, 2021 at 11:38 am
  • Reply sue

    Love this & it definitely made my mouth water! I’ve never been to Tucson but it looks tasty, especially those ribs. I also prefer a smaller menu as too much choice isn’t a good thing for me when it comes to food!

    April 23, 2021 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Anita

    I would love to try all of this food, but if I have to choose just one place it would be El Charro. Thanks for sharing!

    April 25, 2021 at 1:23 pm
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