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Mar 13, 2007 08:07 PM

Tucson Grocery Shopping Advice?

Two weary-of-the-rain Seattleites will be touching down in Tucson on an upcoming Saturday morning, and are seeking recommendations on where to go to stock up on provisions for our week at a rental house in west Tucson area. We love to cook and have four hours after we leave the airport before we can check in ...time we thought we should use to roam around and locate fresh produce and proteins and carbs and coffee beans and alcohol. Everyone knows air travel and shopping can be exhausting and fray one's nerves, so I also welcome suggestions on where we can sip a fine mid-afternoon margarita to sustain us and support this complex transition into vacation mode. Many thanks.

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  1. Trader Joe's, A.J.'s, Costco are your best bets.....what part of town are you staying in?

    1. Thanks ciaogal. I don't know Tucson so forgive me: We'll be in an area that looks to be West of 10, North of Speedway, East of Saguaro National Park-West.

      1. Well, since you will have a lot of time on your hands before checking in, you can head down south of where you will be staying and hit Rincon Market, a Tucson original since 1926:

        1. I would second Rincon Market - great pastries. You can grab a good burger and a beer at Bob Dobbs next door.

          1. 17th Street Farmers Market (near downtown in an industrial area, but worth finding) for produce--both organic and exotic--and fresh seafood. Roma Imports (also near downtown, also in a funky location) for Italian meats, cheeses and prepared foods.