Tucson

Restaurants in Tucson

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.

Cure a serious iron deficiency with a thick cut of steak, ostrich, bison, or the tried-and-true liver and onions. Don’t pass up the margaritas.

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

Sample a burrito filled with carne seca (air-dried beef) at this original location.

This Pie Town establishment sells butterscotch, dutch apple crumb, New Mexico apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, (and on weekends:) banana cream, coconut cream, and chocolate pies. Though pies are the obvious specialty, try the green-chile stew before ordering a hearty dessert.

Head into the foothills for killer barbecued ribs.

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.

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

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.

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