Tucson favorites >$15 pp
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.
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.
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
4853 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712
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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My personal faves <$15: Zinburger's burgers, Maynard's pizzas, B-Line cafe's weekend biscuit breakfasts, Hub's turkey pot pies.
4th St, Tucson, AZ 85719