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We are SF hounds planning a five day trip to Tucson in a few weeks. In prior visits, I've enjoyed Mariscos Chihuahua, but I can't remember which location we ate at. Are there any differences in quality between them?

We also are looking for good breakfast spots. So far, I have Frank's, B Line Cafe and Poco and Mom and Beyond Bread on the list. In Phoenix, we loved Dick's Hideaway for its New Mexican breakfasts. Is Poco and Mom comparable? Any others to consider?

Beyond Bread
6260 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

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  1. I've only gone to the Mariscos Chihuahua on 22nd. I'm pretty sure they're all owned by the same folks, so it should be consistent.

    Poco and Mom's is one of my favorite breakfast places. The chile rellenos for breakfast are genius. I've never been to Dick's, but Poco and Mom's should be similar - they do New Mexican fare and a busy breakfast trade. Be prepared to wait on weekend mornings, especially with the snowbirds.

    Laverna's on Plumer and Broadway is my favorite greasy spoon for breakfast.

    Hope this helps.

    1. another good breakfast (or lunch) spot is Ghini's Cafe http://www.ghiniscafe.com/

      1803 E Prince Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719

      1. If you want a gut buster country style breakfast the the Happy Rooster on Sarnoff just north of 22nd. ST. For Mexican breakfast try Chacos on S. Craycroft near the AFB main gate. I've only ate at the MC on E. 22nd and it was always good. Poco & Moms is great for breakfast but jammed most of the time, gotta get there real early.

        Chaco's Cafe
        2027 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711

        Happy Rooster Cafe
        1114 S Sarnoff Dr, Tucson, AZ 85710

        Poco & Mom's Restaurant
        1060 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710

        1. Little Poca Cosa is our absolute favorite breakfast spot when in Tucson, although its only M-F. This is the little sister to Cafe Poca Cosa.

          Little Poca Cosa
          Stone and Alameda, Tucson, AZ

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

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          1. re: Joan Kureczka

            Remember to bring cash.

          2. My beloved son worked at beyond bread for 5.5 years, and just left to take 17 units in college this semester (end of brag- he's only 22)
            Beyond bread is good, better, I think, for lunch or dinner than breakfast.But you'll like whatever you get.
            The rest I agree with too 8^)

            1. The many Mariscos Chihuahua restaurants in Tucson and Phoenix are not owned by the "same folks", they are franchises owned by members of the same family and there are many differences between the 4 that we have tried. Some take credit cards, some are cash only but the most important difference was the food. The original in on Grande near Speedway has been best for food quality. We never visit any of the others anymore. And it's newly decorated with an expanded menu.

              Gus Balon's on 22nd is our favorite breakfast place. Lots of fresh food including gigantic freshly-baked cinnamon rolls. Also second the recommendation for Little Poca Cosa; in addition to great food most visits are pretty entertaining. Both places are also open for lunch and are cash only.

              We live here about 1/2 the year and another place we visit upon arrival is Taqueria Pico de Gallo on 6th. Ave and 36th. St. in South Tucson. The shrimp tacos are so good that we hardly try any other places.

              Little Poca Cosa
              Stone and Alameda, Tucson, AZ

              Gus Balons Restaurant
              6027 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85711

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              1. re: JTomWilson

                Wow, I had no idea, since one Mariscos Chihuahua is near my house and the others not so much. Thank you for that, I'll have to do a deliberate comparison.

              2. The Blue Willow is a perennial popular and well-regarded breakfast spot.

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

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                1. re: bkalafut

                  Blue Willow is certainly popular, but its not well regarded at least by me. The chorizo scramble was one of the worst dishes I have ever had. I would rather go to the Good Egg, it may be plain, but the food tastes the way it was meant to.

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

                  Good Egg
                  5350 E Broadway Blvd Ste 102, Tucson, AZ 85711

                2. We are getting good reports on La Cocina, part of Old Town Artisans, which does breakfast and a bigger weekend brunch menu (as well as lunch and dinner). This place is under new management that took over last year.. I'll be trying it out myself in a few days, but it's already become my husband's favorite new place for somewhere informal and relaxed for a lighter meal or even just drinks during the Gem Show weeks. And we're from SF too.

                  La Cocina Restaurant and Catering
                  201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701