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Tucson favorites >$15 pp

I'm new to the Tucson area, and would love it if you would share your top 3 spots under $15 per person and what you like to eat.


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  1. La Parrilla Suiza, Mexico City Mexican food. Multiple locations.
    Rigo's Mexican Food, south Tucson

    La Parrilla Suiza
    5602 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

    1. Welcome to Tucson! Check out the older threads and have a good time:


      My personal faves <$15: Zinburger's burgers, Maynard's pizzas, B-Line cafe's weekend biscuit breakfasts, Hub's turkey pot pies.

      B-Line Cafe
      4th St, Tucson, AZ 85719

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      1. re: Claudette

        I am glad you straightened out the OP on the correct symbol.

      2. Thanks for the tips. I will def check out the link!

        Yesterday I tried El Guero Canelo (hot dog, quesodilla, and medium carne asada burrito. I liked it, but I don't think anything could live up to the hype.

        I also tried Allegro Gelato, which blew my mind it was so good! (pineapple basil, anise, salted caramel, Allegro special)

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

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        1. re: cem3340

          El Guero Canelo is for visitors who read about it in the newspapers. It is not even worth comparing it to El Nene or Angela's

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

          1. re: Saguaro

            Hook us up with addresses, brother! We visitors want to do it up right . . . FWIW, Tacos Apson felt pretty right.

            Tacos Apson
            3501 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713

            1. re: Saguaro

              It is if you don't get a damn Sonoran dog. Their food is really good, but people get hung up on the SHD and don't explore the rest of their menu, which is a real shame.

          2. Personally, if I don't want to spend more than $15 for dinner, it's going to be pizza, Mexican, or Asian.

            For pizza, it's hard to beat Brooklyn Pizza on 4th Avenue. For Mexican, head to South Tucson and pick a place like Crossroads (on S 4th Ave) or El Torero (on E 26th). For Asian, try Seoul Kitchen (Korean) at Crossroads Festival at Grant and Swan, or Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese) at Broadway and Wilmot, or Bai Thong (Thai) on Speedway.

            If you want lunch for under $15, all of the better restaurants have lunch specials. What part of Tucson are you interested in? I'm most familiar with those on the east side of town.

            El Torero Restaurant
            231 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

            Ha Long Bay
            6304 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710

            Bai Thong
            4853 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

            1. Little Cafe Poca Cosa, downtown. Specifically, the Plato Poca Cosa. Three items, chef's choice, served with salad, rice, and beans. The aguas frescas are delicious, too.

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

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              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Had terrific meals for way under $15 at El Güero Canelo and Tacos Apson a few days ago.

                Tacos Apson
                3501 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713

                1. re: Erich

                  Oh, and Karichimaka down on the SW might be worth a swing-by.

                  Karichimaka Restaurant
                  5252 S Mission Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746

              2. You can get a great Filet Mingon at El Corral on River Road for under $15.

                El Corral Restaurant
                2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718

                1. Guiseppes is my favorite inexpensive restaurant by far. It is not a pizza joint or a hole-in-the-wall ethnic place (nothing wrong with those things, though, when I'm in the mood.) Guiseppes' is an Italian restaurant with excellent food at cheap prices. All of their pastas, for instance, are under ten dollars, as is their amazing eggplant Parmesan and one of their chicken dishes. Soup or salad is $3.50, and you can get a glass of decent house wine for three dollars.

                  The place is almost always busy, so a reservation is a very good idea. If the weather is nice, reserve a table outside, where the tables are farther apart and the noise level is much lower than it is inside.

                  1. Marsco's Chihuahua can be pretty good. Each location is independently owned & the menus can vary slightly. The Sierra Vista location is now closed.


                    Silver Mine Subs makes a fine sub. We live an hour & a half SE of Tucson & too often end up flying back on long flights that arrive at 10:00pm. Without much else being open, Silver Mine has been a fine choice.


                    That sandwich place by Bookman's bookstore --name, please, someone?-- is also good.

                    Chuy’s Mesquite Grill, Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese), Hama Sushi, & La Salsa are all average to eh.

                    I must admit I liked the title of your message, >$15, & enjoyed beginning to think about -that- list, but then I read the message & your meaning was clear. We resent paying good money for only average food, & the places I mentioned provide good value.


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                    1. re: FishTales

                      That sandwich place by Bookman's bookstore --name, please, someone?-- is also good.

                      Beyond Bread!

                      Beyond Bread
                      6260 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712