Mexican lunch in Tucson
Mi Nidito's going to be near-impossible during the Gem Show, unless you go at off-hours AND are prepared to wait (no reservations). Poca Cosa has moved, and was pretty easy to get into for Saturday lunch -- but call ahead for reservations. BIG ad in the show guide.
I'll add Teresa's Mosaic, Grant and Silverbell (behind McDonald's). Call ahead, and prepare to wait. We were seated after a short wait (with reservations) for Friday lunch, though I had to drive around for awhile to find parking. Lunch was typically stellar, as were the views. Don't miss the albondigas soup -- plenty for a lunch, and 5*. As are the house-made flour tortillas! 2 min. from Grant exit, I-10 (go west to 2nd (?) stoplight)
Near the I-10:
Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ (520) 622-6400
Mi Nidito, 1813 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ (520) 622-5081
El Minuto, 354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ (520) 882-4145
Guillermo's Double "L", 1830 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ (520) 792-1585
Micha's, 2908 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ (520) 623-5307
I've eaten at all of these places at least a couple of times in the last few years, and they range from good to great. I don't know which serve lunch, however, so I've included phone numbers.
I've eaten lunch at two of the places mentioned, Cafe Poca Cosa and Mi Nidito. Loved them both but, if I had to choose one if them to return to, it would probably be Mi Nidito. I'm kind of new to Mexican and Southwestern food and had never had carne seca before. When I asked the waiter about it, she brought me a little sample to taste. I'm not sure what the culinary equivalent of "You had me at hello," is, but I'm still salivating over a two-year-old memory.