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Nearby Restaurants in Tucson

Inspired by the Southwest, and known to have the Mexican food in the nation, Tucson offers plenty to love for locals, visitors and students alike. From beer-braised Tacos de Lengua, to bacon wrapped Sonoran hot dogs and ice cream tacos topped with strawberry salsa, you’ll find something unique to try on every corner of town. Wash it all down with a local brew from Crooked Tooth, for the ultimate foodie day. 

Whatever you’re in the mood for, here’s five of the best restaurants, quick stops and breweries in the Tucson area. 


Gentle Ben's

Besides being a stone’s throw from Graduate Tucson, open late every day and serving an incredible weekend brunch, Gentle Ben’s Brewery is more than just your average brewery. Around since 1971 and brewing killer craft beer since 20 years after that, Gentle Ben’s is a Tucson staple.

With an airy yet industrial feel, tons of TVs and an extensive menu featuring classics like potato skins and pulled pork alongside unexpected fare like ceviche, this place is doing it right. Grab a seat on one of the spacious patios or settle down at a comfy spot inside if A/C is more your speed.  

Insider Tip

Order the Tucson Blonde, Red Cat Amber or Copperhead Pale Ale, they’ve been around since the beginning.  

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El Güero Canelo

El Güero Canelo has been the talk of Tucson since it opened in 1993. This hot dog stand turned restaurant serves up the world-famous Sonoran hot dog at three locations throughout Tucson. What is a Sonoran hot dog, you ask? 

The hot dog is first wrapped in bacon, then grilled and served on a bolillo-style hot dog bun. The toppings are as unique as the dog itself, featuring a smattering of pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and other condiments.

Insider Tip

Get it “con todo” and make all your hot dog dreams come true.

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Crooked Tooth Brewing

The destination of choice for Tucson’s nerds and nice people, Crooked Tooth Brewing’s vibe is as unique as their brews. Sip flights served up on skateboards, taste their Sonoran Sour Series or opt for full moon brews. 

Beyond their beer, Crooked Tooth’s beer garden is an attraction all its own. Soak up the Tucson sun from their cozy patio, where you’ll find tables topped with colorful umbrellas and planters overflowing with flowers.

Insider Tip

Make sure you try the Full Moon Brew, brewed each month under the light and energy of the full moon.

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HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

Ever wanted to grab a delicious bite and some ice cream while listening to a hot new DJ set? Then HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery is the place to check out. Located on historic Congress Street in downtown Tucson, HUB makes a night on the town or dinner with the family fun and easy.

With a moody exposed brick interior, trendy bar space and cozy outdoor patio seating, you can create your own adventure. Order from favorites like buffalo chicken tots, house-made pastrami sandwiches or even crawfish mac & cheese, and top everything off with one of their innovative ice cream flavors, like Honey Lavender or Bourbon Almond Brittle.  

Insider Tip

You must try the Choco Taco Desert Honey vanilla ice cream, Arizona pistachios, dark chocolate and strawberry salsa. Yum!

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Penca Restaurante

This fine-dining cocina serves up a twist on classic Mexican dishes. Savor classics like beer-braised Tacos de Lengua and chorizo-packed Queso Fundido or step out of your Mexican cuisine comfort zone with more experimental fare like prickly pear cactus-stuffed tacos and pan-seared crimson snapper. 

On top of their world-class menu, Penca is beloved for their small-batch mezcal bar. Reserve a table on their spectacular outdoor patio and sip signature cocktails crafted with spirits like elote-infused mezcal and beet-infused blanco tequila.

Insider Tip

For a taste of the desert, order the Nopales tacos. You can thank us later!

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