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Tucson's incredible food scene is nothing new. Sure, you'll find exciting new flavors, newly opened restaurants, and new ideas from chefs all over the city, but Tucson has been doing food longer than anywhere in the country... a lot longer.
Agriculture and food production in this area dates back to ancient cultures like the Hohokam, which farmed this valley thousands of years ago. But without getting too academic, what this means is, Tucson knows how to eat and how to appreciate local food. From heritage ingredients delicately plated at farm-to-table restaurants to big flavors served up at taquerias and Sonoran hot dog stands, this region tastes unlike anywhere else.
Scroll to learn more about our unique food culture and see why Tucson was the first city in the U.S. to be designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
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Tucson’s culinary history goes back thousands of years and our local restaurants are still finding new ways to share unique regional flavors with their guests. Learn more about the City of Gastronomy and see why our food scene is being talked about around the world.
Tucson has the best Mexican Food in the U.S. Period. A small distance from the border means we're big on Mexican culture and flavor, with a vibrant community of restaurants that always bring the heat. You won't be able to try them all but you're sure to go home satisfied.
The foundation of Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation is built on history and the unique native ingredients that have grown here since ancient times. Today, you'll still find these flavorful items at restaurants, local stores, and farmers' markets. Dig in and learn more about the building blocks of Tucson's…