Tucson’s Best Restaurants
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Best Gourmet Mexican Food: Don’t miss the creative and adventurous gourmet Mexican food at Cafe Poca Cosa ($$$), one of Tucson’s top eateries, which is often featured in gourmet and lifestyle magazines.
Best Lunch with a Hug: At The Little Cafe Poca Cosa ($) the music is loud, the waitresses kiss and hug their customers, and a bit of attitude comes with every plate of some of the best chiles rellenos in town.
Best Late-Night Fast Food: Beans, meat, cheese, salsa, and tortillas — is there any better late-night menu? There’s a Nico’s ($) on nearly every corner, and they’re always open and serving the best Mexican fast food in town.
Best Use of Sonoran Desert Ingredients: The prickly pear sorbet in a saguaro cactus seed cone, Arizona jojoba beef tenderloin, and Tohono O’odham white tepary bean coulis are just a few of the desert- influenced dishes available at the high-end Ventana Room at Loews Ventana Canyon ($$$).
Best Cowboy Steak and Beans: If you’re hankering for a nice piece of mesquite-grilled meat, a big bowl of beans, and a festive, tourist-friendly atmosphere, there’s no better place than Pinnacle Peak Steak House ($$), a popular ranch-style family eatery.
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition