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Best Places To Eat In Tucson: From Family Dining To Date Nights

Haley
Published Apr 12, 2017

If you’re planning on traveling through Arizona in the near future, be it for business, to see the Grand Canyon, or just passing through, Tucson and specifically Tucson’s cuisine, needs to be on your to-do list. From diners to sushi to brew-pubs to Mexican food, Tucson’s culture and diversity leeks into these delicious eateries.

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1. For a family meal, try Lindy’s on 4th

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Posted by Lindys on 4th on Thursday, 19 May 2016

While hanging out with the fam in Tucson, Lindy’s diner on 4th should be on your list of stops before heading home. The diner takes the hamburger beyond meat and bread, to an art form that will make you understand why it is many an American’s food of choice. Each burger starts out as a ½ pound, hand-formed patty, made from USDA Choice Grade Arizona Grown Beef. While traditional burgers are available, the menu holds creative house-specialties like the “Two Finger Peek-A-Boo” and the “Dirty Sanchez.” If burgers aren’t your thing, you’re sure to return to Lindy’s for the Philly cheese steaks, chicken sandwiches, or a vegetarian burger. With accessible hours, Lindy’s is quality cooking worth revisiting.

Lindy's on 4th

Address: 431 N. 4th Ave., Tucson AZ 85705

Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am-2 am

Contact: +1 5202076970

Website: Lindy’s on 4th

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2. Sushi Garden

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Posted by Sushi Garden Restaurant on Friday, 4 September 2015

American cuisine not your craving? Consider stopping at Sushi Garden, a restaurant that takes pride in its freshly prepared Japanese cuisine. The restaurant features sushi, sashimi, tempura, seafood, teriyaki and much more at two locations in Tucson. Years of experience has made the menu extensive in the art of sushi and takes the food to the next level with a lunch buffet and happy hour. Quality customer service is paramount at Sushi Garden, insuring your visit is worth-while and well-remembered.

Sushi Garden

Address: 3048 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, Arizona, and 7401 N La Cholla Blvd,Tucson, AZ 85741

Opening Hours: Broadway location: Mon-Wed 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Thurs-Fri 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Sat 12:00 pm-11:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm-10:00 pm. Foothills location: Mon-Wed 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Thurs-Fri 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sat 12:00 pm-10:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm-9:00 pm.

Contact: Broadway location: +1 5203264700 and Foothills location: +1 5208778744

Website: Sushi Garden

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3. Campus Candy and Yogurt

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After dinner, take the kids out for dessert at Campus Candy and Yogurt. Located in the center of Tucson’s nightlife on Main Gate Square, this eatery boasts hundreds of candy and yogurt combinations that will satisfy any appetite. Campus Candy and Yogurt goes beyond your typical self-serve yogurt joint, bringing in vintage candies dating back to the 1920s, rotating yogurt flavors, and TVs that feature all the University of Arizona’s games. The yogurt itself is some of the highest quality Kosher yogurt available, but if you don’t like frozen yogurt, Italian Ice, and Gelato are also available. All three iced treats contain 5 culture strains and 3 Probiotics, making Campus Candy and Yogurt the health-conscious dessert choice.

Campus Candy and Yogurt

Address: Main Gate Square, 910 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm

Contact: +1 5206241651

Website: Campus Candy and Yogurt

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4. Taqueria Pico de Gallo

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Looking for a meal that goes along with Tucson’s southwest atmosphere? Try Taqueria Pico de Gallo. This restaurant offers cheap, but authentic Mexican food sure to make your mouth water. Equipped with meal combos or single course dishes, Taqueria Pico de Gallo’s focused menu offers options like carne asada, lengua, and birria tacos served on fluffy white tortillas. You won’t be surprised when you find a new favorite Mexican dish at this hideaway location.

Taqueria Pico de Gallo

Address: 2618 S 6th Ave, Tucson, Arizona

Opening Hours: Everyday 9:00 am-9:00 pm

Contact: +1 5206238775

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5. Café Desta

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For something completely new, try Café Desta, an Ethiopian style café. A casual setting for the whole family, this restaurant is equipped with a large menu that includes vegan options. Friendly service is the norm, keeping you and your family comfortable while you eat the delicious, authentically prepared cuisine.

Café Desta

Address: 758 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701

Opening Hours: Open every day 11 am-9 pm

Contact: +1 5203707000

Website: Cafe Desta

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6. For the family and date night, check out Barrio Brewing Co.

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Founded in 1991 by Brewmaster Dennis Arnold and his wife, Tauna, Barrio Brewing Co. is a hallmark of locally brewed Arizona beer, holding the title for the longest brewed craft beer in the state. While the road wasn’t without setbacks, the Arnold’s beer has gone from only being available at the small brewery to having brews like the Barrio Blonde, Rojo, and Blanco sold in markets across Arizona. But if you’re in Tucson, don’t settle for going to the nearest convenience store to pick up the beer. At Barrio Brewing Co. you can enjoy paninis, salads, tacos, burgers, and more while tasting the in-house brews. Located in downtown Tucson, the food and friendly atmosphere are highly rated as a place for friends and family to congregate. Whether you’re craving a new brew or hangry for a burger, Barrio Brewing Co. will hook you up.

Barrio Brewing Co.

Address: 800 E 16th St, Tucson, Arizona

Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 11:00 am-10:00 pm; Thur-Fri 11:00 am-12:00 am; Sun 11:00 am-9:00 pm.

Contact: +1 5207912739

Website: Barrio Brewing Co.

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7. Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails

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At Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, you can celebrate Tucson’s roots and art scene, located at the heart of it all—downtown. Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails creates an open atmosphere, serving delicious American cuisine with a nod at the country’s diversity. The restaurant blends in tastes from Indo-China, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America, while coming up with new twists on traditional American foods. During your visit, you can enjoy your meal indoors or outside, as the restaurant has an open patio area so you can watch the downtown culture go by. The winning combination of new tastes and ambience will have you coming back for more.

Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails

Address: 135 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ

Opening Hours: Open 7 Days from 4pm

Contact: +1 5206237700

Website: Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails

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8. Thunder Canyon Brewery & Distillery

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If you’re still wanting to taste Arizona brews, check out Thunder Canyon Brewery & Distillery. Even with a hectic schedule, you won’t have to worry about stopping in time at the brewery. Thunder Canyon Brewery & Distillery is open until 11pm every night and until 12am Fridays and Saturdays. With a menu selection that includes steak, salads, sandwiches, and specialty desserts, Thunder Canyon Brewery & Distillery is perfect for a night out.

Thunder Canyon Brewery & Distillery

Address: Foothills Mall: 7401 N La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85741. Downtown: 220 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sat-Sun 11:00 am-11:00 pm.

Contact: Foothills: +1 5207972652, Downtown: +1 5203963480

Website: Thunder Canyon Brewery & Distillery

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9. Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink

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Searching for a more casual night out? Try Reilly Pizza and Drink. Reilly offers modern Italian food like pizza, pasta, and parmesan dishes at a reasonable price. Set in urban downtown, you can enjoy a craft beer while eating a handmade pizza and breathing in the city’s culture. The eatery strives for excellent hospitality, paired with quality ingredients, and a relaxed venue. While there, be sure to check out the beer garden where you can enjoy 40 rotating tap beers and 8 tap wines along with your food. Both indoors and outdoors, the beer garden is the perfect place to socialized with old, new, and soon-to-be friends.

Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink

Address: 101 E. Pennington, Tucson, AZ 85701

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-9pm.

Contact: +1 5208825550

Website: Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink

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10. Maynard’s

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Posted by Maynards Market & Kitchen on Sunday, 19 February 2017

“Buy locally when you can, buy responsibly when you can’t.” As simple as it gets, Maynard’s uphold their motto by providing fresh food in both a restaurant setting and market. Maynard’s go beyond a simple coffee shop and bistro, having a menu with sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, mussel and shrimp platters, and even poutine. Want to take Maynard’s to your next family reunion? You can! The restaurant caters with 24-hours’ notice. Whether you’re looking for a place to shop, a quick coffee, or all-out date night, Maynard’s has you covered.

Maynard’s

Address: 400 N Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Opening Hours: Market Hours: Mon-Thur 7 am-8 pm, Fri-Sat 7 am-9 pm, Sun 9 am-8 pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Sat 4 pm-8 pm. Kitchen Hours: Sun-Thur 5 pm-9 pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-Midnight, Sun Brunch 9 am-2 pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Sat 4 pm-6 pm.

Contact: +1 5205450577

Website: Maynard’s

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11. Elvira’s

Posted by Elvira's Restaurant Tequila Cocina Vino on Thursday, 12 May 2016

Originating in 1927 in Nogales, Mexico, you can now find this award-winning restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. Elvira’s interior was designed by Chef Ruben Monroy, and combines traditional and modern Mexican design to bring you a night out you’ll never forget. After studying interior design and graphic arts, Chef Monroy travelled to Mexico City to become a chef. Now, he uses his creativity and experience to bring delicious Mexican cuisine to your table. But that’s not all Elvira’s has to offer. While eating your Chile Rellano or Shrimp Chipotle, be sure to enjoy the wine, specialty drinks, and of course, tequila!

Elvira’s

Address: 2221 E. Frontage Rd. Building A-101, Tubac, AZ 85646

Opening Hours: Mon Closed. Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm (Bar open until Midnight). Fri-Sat 11am-10pm (Bar open until Midnight). Sun 11am-3pm

Contact: +1 5203989421

Website: Elvira’s

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Feast in Tucson

Next time you’re hungry in Tucson, don’t fret. No matter what part of town you’re in or what you’re craving, you’ll always find something to eat—and maybe make a few friends on the way.

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Haley has been writing stories since she was five, but did not decide to be a full-time writer until her college years. She studied English and Biology at Eastern New Mexico University and has...Read more

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