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

 
     

The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food

The most delectable Mexican food north of the border

 
Tucson is home to the most authentic Mexican food north of the border. The highest concentration of these restaurants is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, downtown and lower midtown. At these terrific eateries, many of which are family-owned and decades old, the settings are casual, the ingredients are fresh and the experience is unforgettable.
 
Embark on a culinary marathon of Tucson’s delectable Mexican restaurants. Some dishes you’ve heard of, like tacos, burritos and enchiladas; and some you’ll probably experience for the first time, like caramelos (meat-filled cheese crisps), toritos (shrimp-stuffed chiles wrapped in bacon) and raspados (Sonoran-style snow cones with ice cream and fresh fruit). Or sink your teeth into a world famous Sonoran Hot Dog (hot dog wrapped in bacon, smothered in beans and pico de gallo, topped with mayonnaise on a soft bolillo roll).
 
No matter what, bring your appetite and sense of adventure, and go the distance in Tucson’s 23 miles of Mexican food.

 


Alejandro's Cafe

Alejandros Cafe

31 N. Scott Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 623-3277


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Alejandro's Tortilla Factory

Alejandros Tortilla Factory

1800 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Ste 100
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 319-2279


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Anita Street Market

Anita Street Market

849 N. Anita
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 882-5280


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Birria Guadalajara

Birria Guadalajara

304 E. 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 624-8020


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BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs

5118 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: (520) 295-0105


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Boca

Boca

828 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 777-8134


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Café Poca Cosa

Café Poca Cosa

110 E. Pennington St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-622-6400


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Crossroads

Crossroads

2602 S. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 624-0395


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El Charro Café

El Charro Cafe

311 N. Court Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-622-1922


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El Dorado

El Dorado

1949 S. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 622-9171


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El Gorrion

El Gorrion

3459 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 770-1340


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El Guero Canelo

el guero canelo

5201 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 295-9005


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El Indio Mexican Food Restaurant

El Indio Mexican Food Restaurant

3355 S. Sixth Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 620-0504


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El Merendero

El Merendero

5443 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 294-1522


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El Minuto Café

El Minuto Café

354 S. Main Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-882-4145


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El Rio Bakery

El Rio Bakery

901 N. Grande Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 624-4966


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El Sur Restaurant

El Sur Restaurant

5602 E. 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 748-1032


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El Torero

El Torero

231 E. 26th Street
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 622-9534


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Guadalajara Grill

Guadalajara Grill

1220 E. Prince Road
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-312-9991


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Guillermo's Double L Restaurant

Guillermo's Double L Restaurant

1830 S. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: 520-792-1585


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La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina

La Botana Grill

3200 N. First Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 867-8001


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La Costa Brava-Rodriguez Seafood Company

La Costa Brava-Rodriguez Seafood Company

3541 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 623-1931


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La Estrella Bakery

La Estrella Bakery

5266 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 741-0656


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La Fuente Restaurant

La Fuente Restaurant

1749 N. Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 623-8659


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La Fresita

La Fresita

1450 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 622-4005


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La Indita

La Indita

622 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 792-0523


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La Olla Mexican Cafe

La Olla Mexican Cafe

8553 N. Silverbell Rd., #102
Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone: (520) 579-0950


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La Parrilla Suiza

La Parrilla Suiza

5602 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: 520-747-4838


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Las Brasas Mesquite Grill

Las Brasas Mesquite Grill

2928 E. 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 881-6077


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Las Cuatas Tortilla Factory

Las Cuatas Tortilla Factory

1501 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 882-0600


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Lerua's Fine Mexican Foods

Lerua's Fine Mexican Foods

2005 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 624-0322


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Little Cafe Poca Cosa

Little Cafe Poca Cosa

195 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701


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Los Jarritos

Los Jarritos

4832 S. 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: (520) 746-0364


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Los Portales Restaurant

Los Portales

2615 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: 520-889-1170


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Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

835 E. 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 294-2836


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Maria's Cafe

Maria's Cafe

3530 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 620-1465


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Mariscos Chihuahua Grande

Mariscos Chihuahua Grande

1009 N. Grande Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 623-3563


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Martin's Comida Chingona

Martins Comida Chingona

557 N. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 884-7909


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Mi Nidito

 
Mi Nidito

1813 S. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 622-5081


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Micha's

Micha's

2908 S. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 623-5307


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Michoacán Taqueria Raspados Mexican Grill

Michoacán Taqueria Raspados Mexican Grill
 

Michoacán Taqueria Raspados Mexican Grill
 

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Miguel's at La Posada

Miguels at La Posada

5900 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85704-3816
Phone: 520-887-3777 


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Oasis Fruit Cones

Oasis Fruit Cones

1002 W. Saint Mary's Rd
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 792-6657


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Perfecto's Mexican Restaurant

Perfecto's Mexican Restaurant

5404 S. 12th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: (520) 889-5651


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Restaurant Sinaloa

Restaurant Sinaloa

1020 W. Prince Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 887-1161


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Rosa's Mexican Food

Rosa's Mexican Food

1750 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 325-0362


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San Carlos Mexican Grill

San Carlos Grill

1370 N. Silverbell Rd., #180
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 792-2075


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St. Mary's Mexican Food

St Mary's Mexican Food

1030 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 884-1629


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Taco Giro

Taco Giro

610 N. Grande Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 792-2282


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Tania's 33

Tania's 33

557 N. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 884-7909


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Taqueria Juanitos

Taqueria Janitos

708 W. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 623-2222


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Taqueria Pico de Gallo

Taqueria Pico de Gallo

2618 S. 6th Avenue #A
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 623-8775


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Tequila Factory

Tequila Factory

Casino del Sol
5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85757
Phone: (520) 838-6811


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Teresa's Mosaic Cafe

Teresa's Mosaic Cafe

2455 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 624-4512


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Viva Burrito Co.

Viva Burrito Company

1372 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 623-5211


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Zivaz Mexican Bistro

Zivas Mexican Bistro

4590 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710
Phone: (520) 325-1234


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