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Tucson favorites >$15 pp

cem3340 Aug 2, 2011 11:23 PM

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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    FishTales Sep 20, 2011 05:44 PM

    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
      lawyerbriefs Sep 24, 2011 07:13 AM

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

      Beyond Bread!

      Beyond Bread
      6260 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

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      bitchincook Sep 16, 2011 05:42 PM

      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.

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        TheJer Sep 13, 2011 06:10 AM

        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. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 19, 2011 12:29 AM

          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
            Erich Aug 19, 2011 07:03 AM

            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
              Erich Aug 21, 2011 12:59 PM

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

              Karichimaka Restaurant
              5252 S Mission Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746

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            edintucson Aug 5, 2011 09:43 PM

            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

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              cem3340 Aug 5, 2011 08:37 AM

              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
                Saguaro Aug 31, 2011 01:30 PM

                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
                  Erich Aug 31, 2011 06:02 PM

                  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
                    EWSflash Sep 13, 2011 08:38 PM

                    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.

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                  Claudette Aug 4, 2011 02:14 AM

                  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
                    Saguaro Aug 31, 2011 01:28 PM

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

                  2. EWSflash Aug 3, 2011 07:00 PM

                    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

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