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Tucson Dining

Traditional Southwest Dining

The Clubhouse at Starr Pass Golf Suites in Tucson is the ideal setting for a casual lunch, a sumptuous Southwestern dinner, a private party or a large festive occasion. The Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar offers spectacular views and a menu to match, featuring all-American fare with a Southwestern touch, including pulled pork, chicken, turkey, BBQ ribs, and soups and salads.

Open for lunch and dinner, the Catalina Barbeque Co. is a perfect place to dine any time of the day. Inside, enjoy elegant dining in an inviting setting surrounded by lush, desert fairways and towering mountains. Or, relax on our expansive outdoor patio, perfect for Arizona's welcoming weather.

The Starr Pass Golf Suites Resort is ideally situated near many fine restaurants in Tucson. 

Here are just a few of your options:

El Charro
311 Court Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-1922

The original El Charro, founded in 1922, is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Tucson; the original owner, Monica Flin, is said to have invented the chimichanga. That heritage remains strong today, with a commitment to fresh, authentic Sonoran cuisine. Stop by the adjacent cantina, with its pleasant outdoor seating, and enjoy one of the finest margaritas in town. They have classic meals such as carne asada or carne seca – beef marinated in lime and garlic. A small gift shop inside sells an assortment of interesting Southwestern gifts. Reservations suggested on weekends.

Café Poca Cosa
110 E. Pennington Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-6400

Model-turned-restaurateur Suzana Davila gives locals and visitors a taste of the complex flavors of southern Mexico at this funky and popular café. Susana Davila creates her own unique spin on Mexican cuisine, featuring techniques and ingredients borrowed from several regions. At this location, the menu changes daily depending on what is fresh at the market, but the specialties include fantastic chicken with spicy-rich mole sauce. If you can't decide, order the Plato Poca Cosa and the chef will choose one beef, one chicken and one vegetarian entree for you to sample, each one more delicious than the other.

Cup Café
311 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-8848

The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative, and eclectic fare alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike. It is a destination that is a must for many. Enjoy the variety of The Cup’s three menus and the fresh, delectable, and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-coursed entrees, creative and classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

Mosaic Café
2455 N Silverbell Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 624-4512

Oaxaca, Mexico, is not a region that is frequently represented in American restaurants, so it's a treat to have breakfast at Teresa's Mosaic Cafe. Specialties include Huevos en Salsa and Huevos Divorceados (that's eggs with two sauces, not divorced eggs), in addition to Sonoran and Mexican items. On the near West side, the cafe overlooks the city and the mountains.

Mi Nidito
1813 S 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 622-5081

For authentic Mexican cuisine, Mi Nidito is a top choice. Locals and visitors line up to feast on Sonoran classics in a festive cantina environment. Start with simple but delicious cheese tostadas, and then move on to tostados, tamales, and the popular enchiladas – rolled or flat, and stuffed with your choice of fillings. The brightly colored interior is casual and pleasant, but it's the food, not the decor, that has made this a local institution.

Pinnacle Peak
6541 East Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85715-3890
(520) 296-0911

The number one rule for dining at Pinnacle Peak is "No Ties Allowed." Should you arrive sporting one, it will be promptly chopped off and added to the ever-growing collection hanging from the ceiling. Folks love the fun Old-West ambience here, and they love the food just as much. Most order mesquite-grilled steaks (this is the home of the Cowboy Steak, after all), but seafood is well prepared, too. Dinners come with salad, beans and bread, but you can also order sides of corn-on-the-cob and mashed potatoes. Polish off your meal with a bowl of warm apple or cherry cobbler.

El Corral
2201 East River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718-6517
(520) 299-6092

A rustic, Western style steakhouse, El Corral has been serving up fantastic prime rib, steaks, ribs and tamale pie for over 60 years. Huge wood beams, flagstone floors and fireplaces create a casual and inviting atmosphere where folks enjoy a hearty meal and traditional Tucson hospitality. If you've managed to reserve a little room for dessert, the Adobe Mud Pie is an absolute winner.

Tohono Chul Tea Room
7366 N Paseo Del Norte
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 797-1222

Tohono Chul Park's café is set amidst desert cactus gardens in a Spanish Colonial house – an absolutely lovely and peaceful place to enjoy a meal or a snack. In the morning, opt for traditional pancakes or a Southwestern breakfast dish like huevos rancheros. Midday meals take a mostly Mexican/Southwestern approach with options such as tortilla soup, grilled raspberry-chipotle chicken and enchiladas, plus some fresh and tasty sandwiches and salads. A charming afternoon tea spread includes finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with jam and cream. If you're visiting the park, plan to do so around mealtime.