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Taqueria in Tucson. No quiero taco bell.

Greetings Tucsonians,

I am heading this week to Tucson for a long weekend and I am interested in finding some fantastic authentic tacos. We are staying over in west Tucson, but I am willing to travel far if necessary. I would also take recommendations for a pozoleria and a kick ass home made mole, but tacos are my primary concern.

Thanks very much!


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  1. Well, for tacos, I'd hit any of one of the innumerable taco trucks on the south side. Irvington x 12th Ave is a decent starting point. Otherwise, posole and mole aren't really all that common here. Tucson is burro/burrito, carne asada, carne seca and Sonoran hot dog country.

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    1. re: desertsun

      Are the taco trucks you mention open late? I'm getting in to Tucson at 10p on a Friday night. Will any of the trucks still be around?

      1. re: Wolfgang

        I'm not usually down there at night. Coming in that late, I'd make a run to Mi Nidito on south 4th Ave in South Tucson. It's exceptional and I think they're open until midnight on Fri & Sat. I always get the President's Plate (their sampler platter) which has a truly exceptional birria taco on it. I'm not a big fan of their bean tostada, but everything else, chile relleno, enchilada, tamale, even the table salsa is just amazingly good. I could live on their salsa. Really.

    2. Thanks. I will roam around and check out Mi Nidito tambien.

      1. On the West side of Tucson(Grant and Fairview), there is a place that should make you very happy. It is called Taqueria Juanitos. It is a little family owned joint that makes the best tacos in town. Their carnitas are absolutely the best and the al pastor tacos are darn good.

        I usually recommend for Mexican cuisine aficionados, the Gray Line Best of the Barrio tour. It goes to all family owned eateries on south 12th, It includes a great bakery and four other places. Check out the link below


        All the best to you in your hunt.

        1. My favorite mole's in town have all come from Cafe Poca Cosa. They vary theirs on an almost daily basis, and while some aren't what I would call traditional, they've all been delicious.

          For posole, I'd check out the Mexican places on and around Church, between Speedway and Broadway (Just west of the freeway, watch out for closed underpasses due to current construction).

          1. I haven't lived in Tucson for a few years, but if I had a taco craving I would head down to south 6th Ave. and see if Pico de Gallo is still open. (No reason it should be closed, but living in Phoenix I am used to restaurants like this not surviving.)

            For mole, try El Torero, which is off south 4th Ave. a few blocks of 22nd St. I don't know the address (since I could find my way there blindfolded). Look for the billboard with the cartoony bullfighter. Poca Cosa is always fantastic, but if you are going for the "home made" angle try these two gems.

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            1. re: rob_dobbs

              Oh, yeah, I'll second El Torero for sure. I haven't been there for a while, and had forgotten about them (until reminded). I think I'll head out there some evening this week. Definitely good mole.

            2. I live in Tucson and can't visualize any Mexican restaurants on Church St. between Speedway and Broadway. I second (or third) the recommendations of Taqueria Pico de Gallo, Taqueria Juanito and El Torero (awesome turkey burritos). You really should check out El Guero Canelo or BK for Sonoran style hot dogs (wrapped in bacon, grilled, served in a home made bun with beans, jalapenos and a drizzle of crema). Happy eating!

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              1. re: wolive

                Thanks for the catch, wolive... Had Church St. on the brain for some reason... meant Grande. Mexican places on Grande. In the neighborhood of Pats and Tanias.

              2. Any updates on this topic?
                I'm going to Tucson tomorrow.

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                1. re: JayDK

                  Check out the BBQ beef tacos on Grant & Dodge area "Las Margaritas", they are not saucy american bbq, they are charstyle pit bbq, just beef. They've been there over 40 years, changed names, same food. Also try their red chile flat enchilada, uncomparable. There are taco joints all over west and south Tucson. Also if you have room, try the sopapillas at Las Margaritas for dessert.

                  1. re: JayDK

                    Tried 2 places today that got good Yelps (don't know whether or not that's good) but Tacos Apson and Taqueria Juanitos.
                    Got the house special tacos Apson at the first place and it was good enough to go back and try some other items. Busy little place. Juanitos was OK and the special thing there is a kitchen staff put the sauces on each taco, different sauces on different tacos. Nice touch.

                  2. Don't forget to try Sonoran Hot Dogs

                    1. I'm coming back! I am jonesin' for my chicharron at Asadero y Taqueria Sonora and everything else at Apson.

                      Anything new and notable in the taqueria arena in Tucson?