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U of A in Tucson for 1.5 days

My daughter and I are touring U of A in Tucson for 1.5 days at the beginning of April. We will be staying at the Aloft right across from campus. She's been accepted to a doctoral program and she's 25 so while we're looking to get a feeling for places that students would go, we're thinking mature students! We're both huge food lovers so even a 1.5 day trip requires some food research!

We get in late Thurs. night, so I thought Boca on Speedway would be great for a late night dinner. We're not sure of the schedule with the university on Friday yet, but let's assume we have time for a breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast and lunch should probably be near campus. Dinner doesn't have to be. We would like to eat food that one would not find in South Florida or in any other metropolitan area, so probably not French, Italian, sushi, etc. I looked at Maynard's and the menu wasn't that appealing to me, but the location and the setting are very appealing. Is there something similar or somewhere nearby so we could have drinks at Maynard first?

We don't have to go anywhere fancy - good food and good (youngish) ambiance are what's important. Also, it will be my daughter's 26th birthday that day! I know she'd like to experience a little of what it would be like if she was living in Tucson for the next 4 years. Lastly, we eat anything - no dislikes, no restrictions. Thank you so much in advance.

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  1. Although some others do not , we love Poca Cosa

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    1. re: magiesmom

      For breakfast, lunch or dinner? Or all??

    2. Feast is near campus and is excellent. They don't do breakfast, but lunch and dinner have the same menu, which changes every month. It's probably above the budget of most grad students, but it would be a good choice for a birthday celebration. Be sure to make reservations, or the wait will likely be long.

      1. Cafe Poca Cosa for dinner (you should both order the "Plato" to get a sampling of 6 different moles.
        Reilly's and Proper are both near Maynard's, and are very good. Hub is very happening, but the food's a bit heavy (go there for after-dinner homemade ice creams, though). Have fun!

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        1. re: Claudette

          I like the menus at Reilly's and Proper. There's no menu posted for Café Poca Cosa. Thanks for the help!

        2. Time Market near the campus has excellent pizza and wine in a nice casual setting. We had a terrible experience at Cafe Poca Cosa. El Charro is always fun and tasty.

            1. re: DriverPhil

              We looked at Penca and the menu looked good, but I couldn't find a lot of feedback on the board. I think the front runner right now is Proper but we'll take another look. Thank you.