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February 2013 - Tucson Weekly article showcasing El Merendero and it's retro-Tucson feel.


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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...


Desert City, Foodie's Paradise

Simple street tacos of mesquite-grilled carne asada sprinkled with salty queso cotija and fresh cilantro. Moist, firm tamales made with real cream and masa from green corn ground daily. Smoky, spicy-sweet moles that taste the way passion feels.

If you've only had "Mexican food" at a chain, you owe it to yourself to discover the real thing and taste what makes Tucson the Mexican food capital of the U.S. But that's just one story in a city where good food is a big part of good living.

Tucson has a surprisingly diverse population and its restaurants reflect that, from steaming bowls of authentic Vietnamese pho to real kabsa with perfectly grilled halal lamb, just as you'd find in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East.

Vegetarians, vegans and paleos eat very well here, as do folks who like nothing better than a juicy burger. We have James Beard award-winning cuisine, smartly-plated bistro fare all around the city, and a growing number of restaurants that specialize in organic, locally-sourced foods.

Yeah, we like our food. And we're pretty sure you will too. Need a dining recommendation? See what locals and tourist recommended via's The Best Tucson Restaurants.


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47 scott

Address: 47 N. Scott Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 624-4747
Fax: (520) 624-4748

4th Ave. Delicatessen

Address: 425 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 624-3354

5 Points Market & Restaurant

Address: 756 S. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
Contact: Brian Haskins
Title: Owner
Phone: (520) 623-3888