Eight Essential Tucson Steakhouses
Carnivores unite, and take over tables around town.
A Carnivore's Delight
Tucson carries with it the mystique of the Old West, indelibly stamped from a near-century of Hollywood churning out Western films and television shows shot in and around the city. And few meals conjure up that six-shootin' romance like a sizzling sirloin steak, pulled right off the campfire grill by a grizzled old cook with a ten-gallon hat and a bushy beard who rings the chow bell for you to ‘come an' get it!’
Of course, in 2017, things aren't quite as rustic as they once were in this neck of America. You can have that dyed-in-the-wool Western experience to go with your ribeye, or skip that entirely! Tucson's globally-renowned food scene is sophisticated enough to offer visitors a variety of choices for enjoying a fantastic steak. Here's eight essential steakhouses you ought to ponder during your time in Southern Arizona.
at the Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Dr.
Winner of the Diner’s Choice and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence awards, Bob’s Steak & Chop House is located within the lovely Omni Tucson National Resort. The dress code may be casual but the offerings, from the 28 oz. Prime Porterhouse to the Seared Duck Breast, are absolutely on-point. Did we mention the Marbled Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake? Done.
188 E. Broadway Blvd.
The legend of El Charro dates to 1922, when the founding family’s matriarch first opened her original downtown Tucson Mexican eatery, which still thrives today. It is with this same deeply rooted Sonoran panache that they approach the ‘ranch to table’ menu at Charro Steak, evident in everything from the Prickly Pear Glazed Albondigas to Tucson’s Favorite T-Bone. Every cut of beef or chicken they serve is locally sourced and raised without antibiotics. Salud!
The legend of El Charro dates to 1922 when the founding family’s matriarch first opened her original downtown Tucson Mexican eatery, which still thrives today. It is with this same deeply rooted Sonoran panache that they approach the ‘ranch to table’ menu at Charro Steak, evident in everything from the Prickly Pear Glazed Albondigas to Tucson’s Favorite T-Bone. Every cut of beef or chicken they serve is locally sourced and raised without antibiotics. Salud!
THE KEG STEAKHOUSE + BAR
12005 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar in neighboring Oro Valley serves up mouth-watering steaks and succulent seafood in an inviting atmosphere. Quality, comfort, and value are three key ingredients that make this experience an excellent, family-friendly option. Their signature dish is a slow-roasted prime rib, and The Keg also features an outstanding wine list.
DAISY MAE’S STEAK HOUSE
2735 W. Anklam Rd.
Daisy Mae’s pride themselves on their ‘fall off the bone’ baby back ribs and certified Angus Beef steaks. Long a favorite haunt of Hollywood talent passing through, Arizona politicos and Major League Baseball players, Daisy Mae’s has an extensive selection of beers, including a wide variety of local craft brews, and has a Southwestern vibe that has endeared them to locals for more than 25 years. For laid-back local excellence, this is your pick.
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Pinnacle Peak is a local legend, not only for having served up excellent steaks grilled on mesquite embers for the last 55 years, but also for their good-natured “No Ties Allowed” policy. If you come in wearing a tie, they’ll snip it off with scissors and hang it from the rafters with the others. It’s full-on Western and the menu reflects this stripe of cowboy cuisine, from the bottled sarsaparilla to the roasted green chile appetizers stuffed with pit beef and gooey melted cheese.
2201 E. River Rd.
Another absolute steakhouse staple of Tucson, El Corral first came into being in 1946, originally as a swingin’ postwar nightclub. That ended by the 1970s, but a new focus on the menu matured into a reputation for serving up some of the best prime rib to be had in the state of Arizona. The building itself retains the 1920s charm from when it was built, exuding a timeless ambience for diners with a penchant for Spanish Colonial style, but the prime rib is the real star.
SILVER SADDLE STEAKHOUSE
310 E. Benson Hwy.
Family-owned and operated since 1984, the Silver Saddle Steakhouse was voted ‘Tucson’s Best Steakhouse’ by readers of The Arizona Daily Star in 2009. They focus primarily on traditional fare, with a 24 oz. Porterhouse and a 16 oz. T-bone as top entrees, along with a time-honored surf n’ turf combination that can include Alaskan King crab legs or Australian lobster tail. But you better save room for Silver Saddle’s house dessert: their massive frosty Mud Pie!
inside Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd.
PY Steakhouse, nestled within the luxurious confines of Casino del Sol Resort, Spa, and Conference Center, is precisely the kind of place you’d consider taking someone you want to propose to or truly impress. This restaurant has rapidly accumulated some very prestigious honors, including a 2017 Forbes Travel Guide nod for the 5th consecutive year, as well as Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. PY is all about the finest meats and a world-class wine list.
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