I lived in Tucson Arizona for two years and one of the things that really struck me was the close-knit small business community. Coffee roasteries sold coffee to a brunch restaurant and in turn sold their pastries in the roastery. Breweries and distilleries teamed up with local roasteries to make amazing beverages for the whole city to enjoy. This is a list of some of my favorite restaurants, but by no means is it exhaustive. I had to leave many off the list for the sake of the length of this article!
Renee’s Organic Oven
7065 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson
This place is amazing and was featured on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Foot Network channel. With good cause, this place sources local ingredients, has tons of vegetarian/vegan options and the food is just damn good. I’d suggest the veggie lasagna, because it’s amazing whether or not you’re a vegetarian.
2990 N Campbell Ave #120, Tucson
It can be tough to find non-meat options, but this is not something that Tucson struggles with too much. This place is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner and offers traditional foods (burgers!) with meatless substitutions. In many cases you can’t even tell that there is a substitute. I loved a tofu scramble for breakfast and the fried ravioli for lunch or dinner. Yum!
Poco & Moms
7000 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson
This was my go-to place for traditional Mexican, which really isn’t hard to find in Tucson. It has any Mexican food you could ever want and the Mexican beer to go to with it. They have a couple of locations now. One is more diner-like and one is more like a cantina. Take your pick, they’re both awesome!
Ghini’s French Caffé
1803 E Prince Rd, Tucson
This place has a very French vibe inside (did I just blow your mind?) and the food doesn’t disappoint. I liked the Fresh Herb and Goat Cheese Omelet or Stuffed Crepes. *Bonus* there used to be a shop full of imported good from Asia next door. It’s awesome and if it’s still there you definitely NEED to go!
7002 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson
This place is a spin on traditional food and most of their dishes are quite unique, but incredibly delicious. I love any kind of eggs benedict, so my suggestion here would be the Coyote Benedict. They also have a couple locations for your convenience.
Prep & Pastry
3073 N Campbell Ave, Tucson
I LOVE PREP & PASTRY! The inside of the place is awesome, the food is incredible and the breakfast cocktails are the absolute best. And don’t get me started on the bacon covered maple cronut. I highly suggest the Smoked Salmon Beni (I told you I love eggs benedict). Prep & Pastry has a new location that opened up fairly recently and I’m looking forward to a visit to Tucson so I can check it out.
Downtown Tucson 47 N 6th Ave
Pro tip: Get the pho. That is all and you are welcome.
1702 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson
You guys, these pizzas are HUGE. The slices are massive and served with a fork and a pizza cutter. Have your pizza with Hop Bread, it’s excellent. They also have tons of beer on tap. So if beer and pizza is your thing this is the place for you. It’s fun for pre- or post-football games or for a meal before you head out to party downtown.
Honorable mention: Yellow Brick Coffee
3220 S Dodge Blvd #1, Tucson
I’m a coffee fiend and was a bona fide Starbucks freak when I moved to Tucson. I did have discerning taste in much until I met the owners of this amazing coffee roastery. Their coffee is far and away the best coffee I’ve ever had and I have made it my mission to taste as much coffee as possible since I was shown “the way”. They also do roasting and cupping classes. Cupping is like wine tasting but with coffee. The classes are fun and I highly encourage anyone with even a remote interest in coffee to attend one if you live in Tucson or if you ever visit.
Again, this list is not ALL of the places I loved in Tucson, but these are my highlights. The best part about getting to know a new town is checking out all the places to eat and Tucson is no different.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Tucson? Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below…
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