When we’re not lounging by the pool in Tucson, you can find us feasting on all the deliciousness the Old Pueblo has to offer.
1. Pink Dragon Acai Bowl at Goodness
Acai bowls are a great way to detox from a week of eating fast food or a night of drinking too many cocktails at the bar. Something about eating delicious, pure ingredients and fresh fruit will energize you and make you feel ready to take on the world. With this dragon, you’re a Khaleesi for sure.
2. Deluxe Grinder Meal at Eegees
Eegees restaurants are exclusive to the Tucson area. Their flavored, icy drink will cool you down on those hot, summer days. Pair it with a grinder-style sub sandwich and ranch fries for the full Eegees experience.
3. President’s Plate at Mi Nidito
Fun Fact: Bill Clinton ordered this meal in 1999. You can count on this to be amazing, since it’s POTUS approved.
4. The Beni at Prep and Pastry
There’s few things that will get a college kid out of bed on a Sunday morning, and brunch is definitely one of them. This eggs benedict at Prep and Pastry is what brunch dreams are made of. P.S. their cocktails are legit too.
5. Sammy Dog at El Guero Canelo
Two is always better than one. The Sammy dog comes with two bacon-wrapped franks in one bun. This Sonoran hot dog is a staple in the Tucson food scene and El Guero Canelo is known to have one of the best.
6. Pho at Miss Saigon
Give your taste buds a surprise with Miss Saigon’s authentic Vietnamese flavors. They have a location midtown, close to U of A, so there is no excuse not to try this. Their pho is one in a million.
7. Chicken Pesto Pizza at Sauce
Switch up your typical pepperoni and cheese pizza order because chicken pesto has never tasted this good. Your life = slayed.
8. Coffee at Savaya Coffee Market
Coffee lovers, rejoice. Savaya serves organic, fair trade coffee that is caffeine perfection. It will have you questioning what you’ve been doing with your life.
9. White Widow Sandwich at Cheba Hut
When hunger strikes, this is the place to go. With cool sub names like the Dank, Silver Haze and Chronic, they cater to a specific crowd who are not strangers to the munchies. The gooey goodness of their White Widow with chicken, bacon, ranch and cheese is a game changer.
10. Lobster Mac and Cheese at HUB
The Hub can do no wrong. The whole menu is a 10, but their Lobster Mac and Cheese will have you feeling some type of way.
11. Honey Gold Wings at Wings Over Broadway
Hands down, this is the best spot for wings in Tucson. WOB’s wings are cooked to perfection with the right amount of crispness and saucy goodness. They have many sauce flavors to choose from and they’re all amazing, but honey gold is on another level.
12. Camarones Rellenos at Mariscos Chihuahua
This is not a drill. Shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese is actually a thing and it tastes unreal.
13. Chili Verde Chimichanga at Guadalajara Original Grill
Mexican food is hangry’s kryptonite. Gimme the chimi and no one gets hurt.
14. Chili Dogs at Pat’s Diner
If you are into nostalgia and hot dogs, Pat’s has you covered. Their 50’s style and old school vibes are perfect for anyone who wishes they lived in that time period.
15. Donkey Punch Burger at Lindy’s
Lindy’s offers great burgers, drinks and a cool atmosphere to hangout with friends. It’s also home to the O.M.G challenge, which Adam Richman from Man vs. Food attempted to complete.
16. Wrigley Field at Diablo Burger
This is a burger you can trust. Diablo Burger’s beef is local, grass-fed and hormone-free, which adds to the distinctive flavors. Plus, with the restaurant’s large windows and patio seating, you have a nice view of all the action happening downtown.
17. Godfather Benedict at Nook
If you’re like me, then you could eat breakfast at any time of the day. Nook’s exotic and local food options offer something for everyone. I almost forgot to mention their classy, urban atmosphere that makes it hard to leave.
18. Classic Graze Double at Graze
Graze’s burgers are one of the best I’ve ever had. You know that you’ve struck gold when a burger is hard to finish because it’s so thick and juicy. Be sure to check out the sauce bar because there are so many to choose from. Also, don’t forget to order fries and cane sugar soda, they complete the meal.
19. Tacos at Street Taco & Beer Co.
Taco Tuesday is basically a holiday, which means school and work can wait. Right now, tacos and beer are calling your name and it’s your duty to answer. The unlimited tortilla chips and various toppings are just an added bonus.
20. Donuts at Batch Cafe & Bar
Batch simply oozes of coolness. The rustic, artistic vibe of the restaurant and awesome service makes you feel right at home; if only it were a sugar filled palace with unlimited booze. This is the only place you can order alcohol, grilled cheese and donuts without anyone looking at you like you’re Britney Spears circa 2007.
21. Red John Angus Burger at Serial Grillers
Serial Grillers is that traditional place where you can grab a pizza, burger or sandwich and catch up with your crew. Their top-notch food has been featured on Forbes, Food Network, 10Best.Com and countless other publications.
22. Pork 3 Ways Poutine at US Fries
The only thing better than french fries are french fries loaded with meat, gravy and cheese. This poutine dish combines pork, ham and bacon, so you don’t have to sacrifice the protein gains.
23. Chef’s Plate at Cafe Poca Cosa
The chefs at Cafe Poca Cosa are masters in the kitchen, as this dish never disappoints. It has three different entrees of the chef’s choosing and the large portions gives you a bang for your buck. Indecisive eaters, this place was created for you. If you still have room for dessert, the cupcakes are a must!
24. Chicken Katsu and Kalua Pork Plate at Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ
Eating at Mama’s is pretty much the only Hawaiian vacation most of us will be taking this year. Good thing they have all the traditional Hawaiian food you could imagine. Aloha!
Be sure to try ALL of these places, you won’t want to miss out.