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I'm interested in dive Mexican joints for lunch (but gourmet is OK also) and killer breakfast places. Thanks

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  1. Breakfast:
    Robert's Restaurant - (520) 795-1436 - 3301 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ

    Dive Mexican:
    El Torero Restaurant - (520) 622-9534 - 231 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ

    MI Nidito Cafe - (520) 622-5081 - 1813 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ

    Crossroads Restaurant - (520) 624-0395 - 2602 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ

    Nicer Mexican:
    Cafe Poca Cosa - (520) 622-6400 - 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

    1. For breakfast: Not Mexican, but has southwestern specials, and is a Tucson institution, and has great outdoor seating, The Blue Willow on Campbell Avenue, north of Grant.

      1. A veyr nice, upscale breakfast place is Cafe Jasper at Campbell and Sunrise in the Catalina Foothills.

        For dive Mexican I like Taqueria Pico de Gallo (2618 S. 6th Ave.) or Little Poca Cosa (corner of Stone and Alameda, downtown), which is the very casual (and cash only) relative of Cafe Poca Cosa. Both are veyr casual, with food that sia cut above anywhere else. Pico de Gallo is Sonoran/Tex-Mex style, while Poca Cosa offers stews and other Central/Soutern Mexican dishes.

        1. Zivaz does an excellent job on Mexican. Broadway just west of Swan on the south side of the street. It's an order at the counter, take your seat and they bring it out to you type place. It is family owned and operated, and the enchilada sauce is the best I've had in this town.

          1. I have to say Poca Cosa has not left my top 10 mid level spots since 1995. I always get the chefs choice. it usually includes a type of tamale pie, and two other entrees of of the ever changing menu. with a hearty dark green salad, tick slice of red pepper and tomato. Everything is so fresh, and never seems like corners are being cut. The owner/chef Suzana Davila will be seen around and she is just an amazing person for what she gives the world.

            1. Zemam's is excellent, definitely affordable, and casual. Ethiopian cuisine.

              1. My two favorites are Rosa's (a dive and old, secret favorite) and La Parilla Suiza (not a dive, but a favorite.)

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                1. re: kindmind

                  Rosa's blows El Charro out of the water.