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We are spending 5 days in Tucson, staying in the Foothills. I've been reading on here and have ideas for eating in town, and eating out that way high end, but am wondering if there are restaurants out our way that are NOT super fancy or expensive. It is clear that there are really good choices out that way, but we can't afford to eat that way every dinner or lunch.

Also any worthwhile Happy Hours for the FOOD.

Thanks for any ideas.

Mary in Seattle.

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  1. The simple answer to your query: no.

    The only thing I can think of is getting sushi or something from the deli at AJ's Fine Foods on Campbell/Skyline.

    Om Modern Asian Kitchen at Campbell/River is pretty good, but not cheap. Anywhere from $8-15 for lunch.

    Blanco Tacos y Tequila is mediocre at best, definitely not worth the price or calories.

    Everything else in that area is expensive, as that is where the 'wealthy' live here in Tucson. Sorry I can't be of more help to you. You're going to have to drive into town for good food at reasonable prices.

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    1. re: missvenuz

      Haven't been back in a while, but seems to me that quite a few places in the Skyline/Kolb shopping area would be satisfactory.

      1. re: azveggieguy

        You mean Sunrise and Kolb.

        And while there is Abbey Restaurant up there (not a bad choice for happy hour, I suppose), main courses are around $20. Not sure if that's within the OP's price range, but it's definitely pricey for Tucson.

        As far as the rest of the Sunrise/Kolb shopping center...there's a Domino's, Papa John's, El Charro (mediocre tourist trap), and Piazza Gavi (DEFINITELY pricey).

    2. Just head south on whatever north & south street you are near, you should be able to find less expensive good food without having to go too far. Too much arrogance, nose in the air and botox in the foot hills, especially way up on N. Campbell near A.J.'s, damn beautiful area though.

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      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        As a former local, skip the foothills and AJ's. Expensive and not the atmosphere I like - too snob'ish.

        BK's on 12th has a great Torta Lunch deal for ~$6. I like them better the Guero Canello down the street.

        The Desert Diamond casino buffet on Old Nogales is pretty good for the money. In-N-Out and Five Guys burgers are both pretty good. Magpies Pizza is good option for a ~$20 pizza to share with a friend. 6th street has a lot of good Mexican food.

      2. There definitely are decent restaurants in the foothills that are not expensive.

        Try Mina's Thai, for instance, where the lunch special during the week is very affordable.

        If you want cheap Mexican, there's Nico's, but the ambiance is terrible, so get it to go.

        If you like Greek, the Sunrise Cafe won't break the bank.

        El Corral is a cowboy steak place that has reasonable prices that include side dishes.

        If you accept the definition that the foothills is the area north of River Rd, East of Oracle Rd., and West of Sabino Creek, that also includes Guiseppe's Italian restaurant, one of the best values in all of Tucson.

        If you are willing to go just south of River road on Campbell Ave, you will find a virtual restaurant row of relatively inexpensive places.

        1. Zinburger at River x Campbell.