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only-in-Tucson eats near Oracle and Ina?

heidipie Dec 19, 2010 03:43 PM

Hi friends, this Berkeley CA hound and her two daughters will be hanging out at the Westward Look for a week. Bummed to hear the generally dismal review of El Charro on this board, as I'm not sure how often we will get down to the part of town with the best Sonoran food. But I know we'll be heading out at least to the Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, and that downtown neighborhood with the holiday lights. Will we find a tastier taste of carne seca on one of these outings than we would at the El Charro right up there on Oracle? And of course anything else you want to recommend to us we will appreciate! TIA.

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    Claudette RE: heidipie Dec 21, 2010 02:01 PM

    I don't know why the carne seca gets such visibility - we've always found it very tough and salty, just like shredded beef jerky. You could try it just to satisfy your curiosity. There's nothing like Cafe Poca Cosa in your part of town, to my knowledge. About 4 miles down Oracle, at Grant, is El Guero Canelo - cheap, great carne asada and unusual Sonoran hot dogs - get the double.

    Call the Desert Museum about their Ocotillo Cafe's winter hours - the food is very good there. Have fun in Tucson.

    El Guero Canelo
    5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706

    Cafe Poca Cosa
    110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701

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    1. re: Claudette
      wildcat RE: Claudette Dec 30, 2010 09:10 PM

      I second El Guero Canelo... incredible Sonoran hot dogs.

      El Guero Canelo
      5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706

    2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: heidipie Dec 23, 2010 03:09 PM

      Try the carne seca at El Molinito on Ina & Thornydale, best in town.


      1. EWSflash RE: heidipie Dec 24, 2010 05:29 PM

        Theresa's Mosaic Cafe is really, really good.

        1. missvenuz RE: heidipie Dec 25, 2010 09:37 PM

          Isn't there a Beyond Bread near that intersection now?

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          1. re: missvenuz
            lawyerbriefs RE: missvenuz Dec 27, 2010 04:42 AM

            There is, in an old video store at the southeast corner, in the Safeway shopping center. Excellent food and reasonable prices.

          2. heidipie RE: heidipie Dec 29, 2010 02:25 PM

            El Molinito was a great call--the whole family enjoyed the delicious abundance. Carne seca IS like shredded beef jerky, but in a good way, if you ask me. We got to El Guero Canelo as well. We only had singles but found them very satisfying nonetheless. But my kids' happiest moment was when we ordered the "tree" with the 23 tiny ice cream cones at Frost Gelato. Thanks for the help, hounds!

            El Guero Canelo
            5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706

            Frost Gelato
            7301 E Tanque Verde Rd Ste 191, Tucson, AZ 85715

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