With Tucson just over an hour away from Nogales, Mexico, Sonoran cuisine shines. Don’t get caught up exclusively with the mesquite smoke and paper-thin flour tortillas, however. With the first UNESCO designation as a Creative City of Gastronomy in the United States, Tucson stands out on the map with a deep agricultural history, and now, a wide range of culinary perks. Even humble taquerias and pizzerias feature locally grown produce, down to the I’itoi onions, heritage White Sonora wheat, and Green Valley pecan wood. It’s also the home to the University of Arizona, so college students can eat well around town here.
Although several treasured restaurants closed during the pandemic, many are back to thriving with the return of dine-in services, continuing the city’s prior momentum in the culinary scene. Here are the 18 absolutely essential spots to check out in Tucson.Read More