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Over the holidays, we'll be spending a few days south of Tucson, near Bisbee. Any places to try (or avoid)? We'll be having breakfasts at our inn, so we're looking primarily for good lunch and dinner spots, as well as comfortable drinking places. Any cuisine is fine, but it would be a treat to hear aboutespecially good Mexican places, since we're from the Boston area, where great Mexican food is somewhat of a rarity.

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  1. If you happen to get close to Nogales,there is a really good place on the Mexican side of the border called "La Roca".They serve lunch and dinner.Great Mexican food !!

    1. Cafe Roka is the place to go in Bisbee. It's not Mexican--and I haven't been in a few years--but I've always enjoyed myself there.

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      1. re: lawyerbriefs

        ^ Yes. If you're near Bisbee--I highly second Cafe Roka for a nice evening out. It's right downtown, on Main St. Considering your choices in southern Arizona (minus Tucson), it's one of the better higher-end options. Great service and atmosphere, good food, nice bar area, etc.

        http://www.caferoka.com/

      2. For good Sonoran, suggest Wisdom's cafe in Tumacacori, about 25 miles north of Nogales. And if there, you can check out the Santa Cruz Spice Co. about a half mile south for a wide selection of Mexican spices, a real chowhound find.

        Best pizza in these parts is at the Velvet Elvis in Patagonia, a short drive from Bisbee if you have a hankering for pizza, etc. Call ahead to find current hours. Lunch and dinner Th - Sunday.

        www.velvetelvispizza.com

        I've heard good things about Cafe Roka in Bisbee, but haven't been there yet.

        Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee has been a disappoinment chow wise the last several lunch visits.

        And....should you get Tubac, the artsy colony just north of Tumacacori,Several new upscale dining restos have opened in the past year. Ate at Nob Hill resto last summer, good entree, but soup was a bit salty for my taste.

        Enjoy your visit.

        1. Looking at the pizza prices at Velvet Elvis got me wondering: how big are these pies?? ($22 seems mighty steep for a pizza, even a designer one. . . )

          Thanks for all the great suggestions so far - please keep 'em coming!

          1. There's also a fairly good Mexican restaurant in Bisbee called Santiago's. Nice atmosphere, good food. It's right next to the old Copper Queen Hotel, downtown on Howell Ave.
            http://santiagosbisbee.com/