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The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food

Yes, we said it, you won't find better Mexican food in America than right here in Tucson

What is The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food? It’s an adventure of incredible food and a wide array of dining options, from fine to funky. It’s a line drawn in the sand of the Sonoran desert: you won’t find better Mexican food anywhere north of the border. We’re happy to try out the competitors, but we stand by the claim. If you love Mexican food and you haven’t eaten in Tucson, you haven’t tasted the whole story.
 
But, it’s a lot more than that as well. The taco truck parked in an empty lot somewhere or the date-night spot downtown with the luscious moles are both part of Tucson’s borderlands culture, where the influence of Mexico can be found everywhere. This isn’t something we run from or try to slowly erase. We embrace it, especially when we eat.
 
The best part? You don’t have to think about all that stuff…you can just get a plate of carne asada tacos that are among the best things you’ve ever eaten. That works too. 

 

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Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food

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Café Poca Cosa

Congress Street

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El Charro Café

Oro Valley

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Penca

Congress St. District

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Charro Steak

Congress Street

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Guadalajara Grill

Central Tucson

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Teresa's Mosaic Cafe

Westside

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Poco & Moms Restaurant

Eastside

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BOCA Tacos y Tequila

Central Tucson

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La Estrella Bakery

Westside

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Taqueria Pico De Gallo

Southside

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Tania's 33

Westside

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Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

Central Tucson

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BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs

Southside

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El Guero Canelo

Southside

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Elvira's Restaurant

Congress Street

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Martin's Comida Chingona

University of Arizona

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Zivaz Mexican Bistro

Central Tucson

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Penca

Congress St. District

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Guadalajara Grill

Central Tucson

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Alejandro's Tortilla Factory

Southside

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Los Portales

Southside

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Restaurant Sinaloa

Westside

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Rosas Mexican Food

Central Tucson

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Taco Giro

Westside

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MI Nidito Cafe

Southside

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El Torero

Southside

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La Estrella Bakery

Westside

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