Five Favorite Tucson Eats

By Mallorie Fiero, PhD Candidate in Biostatistics, Anticipated 2016
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As Los Angeles natives, my husband and I were a little skeptical about the food scene before we moved to Tucson for graduate school. Not long after arriving, we were pleasantly surprised by the amazing food Tucson had to offer. For those of you new to Tucson (or those of you just looking for another place to eat), I present 5 favorite restaurants found only in Tucson (mostly). Note: It was very difficult to put together a list of ONLY 5 Tucson-only restaurants… So future editions of 5 Favorite Tucson, AZ Eats will be coming soon (think Taco Tuesday). Here, I tried to hit a wide variety places to eat.

  1. El Guero Canelo

Home of the world-famous Sonoran hot dogs: bacon-wrapped franks, beans, grilled onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeno sauce in a soft, sweet bun. Other popular menu items include carne asada tacos and burritos. This was the first place I tried in Tucson mainly because it was featured in the Tucson episode of Man vs. Food. El Guero Canelo is so popular, they just opened up a restaurant in Phoenix, AZ a few weeks ago in addition to the 4 locations in Tucson, AZ. Website:


 Our Cinco de Mayo celebration at El Guero Canelo.

  1. Prep & Pastry

A popular “Modern American Eatery” that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch. All dishes and drinks are made from scratch and are crafted from local sources. Popular dishes include the duck confit hash and tri-tip sliders. The same owner of Prep & Pastry recently opened a new restaurant called Commoner & Co. located in the foothills of Tucson. Website:

  1. Wings Over Broadway

I. Love. Wings. Wings Over Broadway has been serving Tucson since 1999 and is the recipient of numerous “Best Wings in Tucson” competitions. If wings aren’t your thing, other menu items include burgers (my husband loves the Chorizo burger), sandwiches, salads, appetizers, etc. As mentioned on their website, Wings Over Broadway has a neighborhood restaurant feel equipped with TV’s for your favorite Wildcats football game. Website:


Wings and bacon ranch tots at Wings Over Broadway

  1. Brushfire BBQ Co.

If you’re in the mood for BBQ, then Brushfire is the place to go for delicious smoked brisket, pork, chicken, messy fries, bread and 6 signature BBQ sauces. All meats are smoked daily with sides made from scratch. Need I say more? Website:

  1. Bai Thong

I often crave Asian food… Thai food in particular. Bai Thong is a family-owned restaurant that serves authentic Thai cuisine. If you’re into spicy things that make your face melt, ask and ye shall receive. Popular menu items include tom kha gai and coconut sweet rice. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.


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