Of course, you’d assume that Tucson, a quick drive from the international border, is a great place to get Mexican food…and it is. What makes Tucson’s culinary scene – from streetside carts to downtown elevated dining – great is the collision of cultures that happens in Southern Arizona. Native American influences show up at a diner; salsa and tamales are re-imagined with surprising ingredients; Tucson’s semi-official dish, the Sonoran hot dog, is served at a chic downtown hotspot, plus also to working class folk on nearly any street corner. Yes, we’re happy that we’re the first and only UNESCO City of Gastronomy in America, but whether you’re engaging with our agricultural history at Mission Gardens or just grabbing a taco on 12th Avenue, Tucson is a food lover’s dream come true.
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