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Nov 5, 2013 05:29 PM

Looking for chow worthy in Tucson

Staying at the Westin in Feb and looking for chow worthy restaurants nearby. Any cuisine, not necessarily "fancy" but good food that locals love would be great. Thanks in advance for your suggestions...chowhounds never let us down!

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  1. Here are a few suggestions:

    Boca Taco on Speedway and try the macho taco. It is a roasted anaheim stuffed with melted cheese and meat of your choice. Her salsas are amazing...banana habnero, strawberry teq, curry, etc. There are usually about 6 and it rotates.

    Food Trucks: Twisted tandoor for Indian and Bam Bam's bulgogi beef kimchi tacos.

    You should try a Sonoran Dog from either El Guerno or BK's.

    North has a great brunch. Must get the short rib hash and french toast.

    People love Jax and Abbey-owned by the Metzger family.

    I love the barrel aged cocktails at PY steakhouse- hit late night happy hour. It's inside of the Casino.

    For a world class Italian sub hit Roma Imports- it's off the beaten path. Part restaurant, part market.

    Craft cocktails with decent food (plus a grilled cheese that was in esquire or gq magazine): Scott and Co. downtown

    Mother Hubbards is a Native American influenced breakfast spot in a dumpy strip mall. Unique food and homemade sausage.

    PIzza Bianco- James Beard Award Winning pie should be open by Feb.

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    1. re: christyar

      You are making me really happy right now! Can't wait...coming from Asheville, we love amazing unusual places to eat.

      1. re: carolmoonbeam

        We're leaving Asheville in a few weeks to spend 4 or 5 months in Tucson. 2013 was 35 years since our first visit. Some of our favaorite are on the list above but my first stops will be for Mexican and New Mexican food that you can't get in Asheville (not Tex-Mex).

        Taqueria Pico de Gallo for shrimp tacos, Little Poca Cosa for the food and the atmosphere, Marisco Chihuahua (but only the one on Grande) and Poco's and Mom's for New Mexican.

        I'll try to update our favorites list after we've tried them again.

        Are you going for the G&M Show? If not and you're there during the first two weeks in February you can expect crowds as most of the 50,000 visitors to the show will be there at that time.

        1. re: JTomWilson

          Thanks for the reply and yes, we will be attending the shows. We know all the craziness associated with the first week of the gem shows...but what better excuse for artist friends to travel and look at beautiful things and eat great food!

    2. This is a great list. I am headed back next week too and looking forward to some good food. On my list are:

      Yamato. Truly excellent sushi, made by a master. Also excellent Ramen made with fresh noodles, not dried. This is a hidden gem I would recommend to every hound.

      Taqueria Apson. Some of the best tacos in town.

      Taqueria Asadora y Sonora. Excellent chicharron tacos, the one thing that Apson doesn't have.

      Zinburger had better than average burgers but not out of this world, however, my wife and kid went nuts for the shakes.

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      1. re: sekelmaan

        If you're interested in burgers you should check out the Arizona Star website for their best burger in Tucson "competition". Zivaz was the winner but I don't know anything else about it.

        1. re: JTomWilson

          Thanks! I always love an excellent burger.