Tucson + Southern Arizona

Restaurants in Tucson + Southern Arizona

You’ll find good hearty barbecue and smoked pork—plus plenty of old-timey atmosphere—at the town’s oldest continually operated restaurant.

Suzana Davila, who runs the nouvelle-Mexican Café Poca Cosa, constantly updates her chalkboard menu—look for pollo en pipian or the irresistible tamale pie.

Once you taste it, it’s difficult not to obsess over the house-made tres leches cake.

Sit at the counter for a beer and the spicy, lemony Seven Seafood Stew.

John Wayne ate here, so a meal is obligatory for all True Grit fans. Keep in mind: real cowboys order steak. And don’t let the kitschy steer on the roof put you off.

The artisanal, wood-fired pizzas (which come with toppings like rainbow trout and aged New York steak) strike the perfect balance between family-casual and creative cuisine.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the bar offers a special: mussels and a glass of wine for $11.50.

The soulful cuisine (think crisp duckling served on beluga lentils with house-made loquat marmalade) from James Beard Award winner Janos Wilder is a hit with vacationing lovebirds.

Muscovy duck and short ribs with Yorkshire pudding are a few of the old-world favorite. The wine list is exceptional.

The kitchen churns out authentic Mexican dishes like carne asada tacos, tangy ceviche, and creamy fresh horchata (an addictively sweet rice drink).

Among the 25-plus rotating varieties try the vegan-friendly spinach and wild mushrooms, or a fiery slow-roasted sirloin.

The nouveau (but unpretentious) American cuisine is some of the best in town; try the roasted quail with pine nuts, prosciutto, vegetable brunoise, and a tangy apple-cider relish.

Whether it’s sausage and biscuits or “eggs & gunpowder,” breakfast at the Hotel Congress is funky and fun.