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Three nights in Tucson

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Per reviews on this board, we have narrowed it down to 3 restaurants to visit during our vacation.

Feast
Cafe Poca Costa
Taqueria Pico de Gallo

Any major mistakes here?

For one lunch, we will hit either BKs or El Guero Canelo. Alhtough we do need a place down in the Coronardo area to catch lunch. Any ideas here?

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

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  1. Be aware that Feast is in a new location - about a mile from its old one. It's bigger, prettier, but a bit less charming than the old one. I haven't eaten there since the relocation.

    If you go to Cafe Poca Cosa (my favorite) be sure to have everyone order the Plato so you all get a sampling of her range of moles.

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

    1. I know I'm in the minority, but I think El Guero Canelo is awful, by far the worst hot dog I've ever had in my life. Inexpensive though so if you don't like it, it's not a huge loss.

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

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      1. re: shaharidan

        I don't like the Sammy Dog either, but my kid loooooooves it! I think it's one of those things you either love or hate it, like licorice, urchin roe, etc...but it is uniquely Southwestern, I have to say.

        1. re: shaharidan

          El Guero Canelo has lots of other offerings besides the (IMO grossly overrated) Sonoran dog. Do go there, and get carne asada tacos, at the very least!

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

          1. re: EWSflash

            Yes, they do have other things. I just figure most people coming from out of town are going for the hot dogs.
            They also have icey cold coke in returnable bottles!!! A real treat imo :)

            1. re: EWSflash

              I agree on the carne asada taco recommendation. They've got an amazing salsa and condiment bar that includes stuff like grilled green onions plus a wide assortment of salsas and pickled veg.

          2. I'm not an expert on Tucson, having only been there once, but LOVED Cafe Poca Cosa!!! Anyone that I have sent there has loved it too!

            I recently saw Mi Nodito on Man v. Food and the shredded beef "birria" tacos and the dried meat, "carne seca" looked amazing. I haven't been there, but just wanted to mention it. Mi Nodito's website has a link to watch the show, if you are interested. http://www.minidito.net/main.html

            Happy Eating
            Luigi

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

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            1. re: Uncle Luigi

              Yeah, Mi Nidito is a good choice for traditional Sonoran fare. Bill Clinton ate here on his one presidential stop in town, and there's nearly always a line. (I'm partial to El Charro myself, but it gets a bad rap for being touristy.)

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              Mi Nidito Cafe
              1813 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713

            2. If your not familiar with the old pueblo, I wouldn't go down to that taqueria P.de G. at night, daytime is fine. Mi Nidito is overrated, not the same quality as years ago and there is a big line outside to get in. Guero Canelo is great, super informal, I prefer the one on Oracle & Grant, if you are going for lunch I wouldn't get there much after 11am or it will be jammed. The best Mexican food in Tucson is a hotly debated topic and arguements both pro and con can go on for days. One thing for sure, you will be in the best town in the U.S.A. for it! (that statement will probably raise an argument)

              1. Little Mexico on Irrvington and 10th(?) is really good! Not fancy, great for lunch!

                http://littlemexicotucson.com/

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                1. re: dcdavis

                  And fabulous for breakfast, too!

                  1. re: dcdavis

                    BTW, it's at Irvington and 12th avenue, not 10th.

                    If you get a chance and want some Sonoran seafood, try Mariscos Chihuahua- they have several locations

                  2. not as trendy, but very good Sonoran & Oaxacan food can be had at Teresa's Mosaic Cafe. Tortillas are made in-house, the chef is a graduate of CIA, good margaritas.

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                    Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
                    2455 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745

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                      1. re: DriverPhil

                        Depending on who's in the kitchen, it can be hit--or-miss: I've had great food there, and lousy food, too. Watching the tortillas being slapped is always a treat, though.