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Cheap Chowish Eats in Tucson (For the Gem Show Goers)

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So, with the 2007 Gem Show nearly upon us here in Tucson, I thought I'd open up a topic to identify and review a few of Tucsons hidden treasures and inexpensive, chow-worthy eateries.

I'll lead off with a few of my favorites:

Pat's Chili Dogs: I've been eating at Pat's since I was just a kid... nearly 25 years now. They offer a variety of traditional fast food, burgers, dogs, etc... all of which are at least ok. However, if you go, go for the chili dogs and fries. Their chili is simple, beans and red sauce with a nice kick, served over their hot dogs or burgers, but is increadibly satisfying. Their fries come in giant wads, fresh cut from potatos and hot from the fryer. These are NOT crispy fries, but are wonderful in their limpness. Just don't let them get cold (not that this is usually a problem. They often don't survive the car ride home.)

Lucky Wishbone: Deep Fried Everything. Locally famous for their steak and chicken fingers, and their fried shrimp. While this restaurant is going to be hell on your cholesterol, it's a great, tasty meal, and not to be missed.

Laverna's Coffee Shop: Do I dare post about my favorite hidden little breakfast spot? I feel like I'm breaking some sort of secret vow... Incredible food and good coffee. This place is usually frequented by local college folks, police, and firemen. I can't think of a single place in Tucson I'd rather have breakfast. Try the pancakes. Really. Hidden on Plumer, just south of Broadway.

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  1. see earlier thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/356043

    1. I just arrived in Tucson today, and based on a recommendation in the thread mentioned above, ate at Mama Louisa's on Craycroft. The homemade pasta was excellent, as was the marinara sauce. Very homey atmosphere and attentive staff as well. Thanks, chowhounds!