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mrs bacon Jan 5, 2011 11:11 AM

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?

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Beyond Bread
6260 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

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    Joan Kureczka Feb 1, 2011 08:34 PM

    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.

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

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      bkalafut Jan 31, 2011 09:27 PM

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

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

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        Saguaro Feb 1, 2011 02:16 PM

        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.

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

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

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        JTomWilson Jan 24, 2011 01:01 PM

        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.

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        Little Poca Cosa
        Stone and Alameda, Tucson, AZ

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

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          EWSflash Feb 4, 2011 07:13 PM

          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. EWSflash Jan 13, 2011 06:34 PM

          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^)

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            Joan Kureczka Jan 7, 2011 02:38 PM

            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.

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            Little Poca Cosa
            Stone and Alameda, Tucson, AZ

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

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              Claudette Jan 9, 2011 08:12 AM

              Remember to bring cash.

            2. mrbigshotno.1 Jan 7, 2011 04:35 AM

              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.

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              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. DriverPhil Jan 6, 2011 03:01 PM

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

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                Ghini's
                1803 E Prince Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719

                1. missvenuz Jan 5, 2011 01:16 PM

                  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.

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