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May 30, 2009 05:51 PM

Tucson in June

Hello Fellow Foodies! We're headed down to Tucson in June and would love to hear about non-chain places to check out. We will be staying near the Swan/Broadway area. Mexican/Italian/Southwest/Greek/American fare are favorites. We love to find bargains (great happy hours are always top on our list), but price is not the main concern...Looking for dinner recs primarily, but a good taco truck is always a possiblity for lunch - any locations of regular ones would be appreciated! Thanks in advance for your recs!

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  1. Maynards seems popular on this board.

    1. El Molonito, 22nd & craycroft, open around 10am, combo platter #8, best refried beans & salsa in Tucson.
      Lucky Wishbone, Swan & Broadway, all good, Steak finger dinner the best, Gotta take it to go.
      Mamma Louisa's, Italian, Just south of 29th & craycroft, Get Joe's special.
      Chacos Cafe, next to Mamma L's. Great mexican & american breakfast & lunch. open real early.
      Taco trucks, 4 or 5 on north side of 22nd between Craycroft & alvernon, all good but man it's gonna be hot to sit outside and eat in June!

      These are all very casual and inexpensive.

      1. An expensive option is Anthony's (3-course meal, $79 for 2). Other inexpensive good meals: Zinburger, Cup Cafe, Blue Willow, Feast. Sign up with Fox Restaurants for email specials. Also check previous Tucson threads. Have fun!

        4122 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

        Blue Willow Restaurant
        2616 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

        Cup Cafe
        311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ

        Zin Burger
        1865 E River Rd # 101, Tucson, AZ

        Maynard's Market
        400 N Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ

        Anthony's In the Catalinas
        6440 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718

        1. I lived in Tucson for 2 years, and whenever I go back, I have to go to El Charro. There's an El Charro Cafe location at Broadway and Wilmot, which is two major streets east of Swan. They have a pretty decent bar/cantina attached as well. I love carne seca and you can't get it outside of Tucson - not even in Phoenix. As far as I'm concerned, El Charro's is the best. Eat up and enjoy!

          El Charro Cafe - East
          6310 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710

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          1. re: Inertia

            I would only add that the El Charro downtown in the Praesidio neighborhood is the best of their bunch. Much nicer ambiance than the outlying versions.

          2. Gavi's is a good Italian place. Most entre's run about $20. They are a hidden gem in Tucson because most people are looking for the classic southwestern meal. The location I normally go to is at Pantano and Broadway.

            In terms of the Taco truck options, get a Sonoran Hotdog or two at BK's or Guero Canello on 12th street (I think Irvington is the cross street).