Discover Traditional Southwestern Cuisine in Tucson

Fresh, traditional, southwestern cuisine is one of the many charms there is to appreciate in Tucson, Arizona. Therefore, BBOnline recommends that you try out some of the fantastic Tucson restaurants that feature delicious southwestern food. There are both expensive, luxurious options and cheap, casual restaurants to choose from in this city. Some places even offer take-out of authentic southwestern meals, which is a convenient option if you prefer to enjoy your food while in the comfort of your cozy Tucson Inn.

Luxury Restaurants

BBOnline obviously doesn't recommend these pricey options for just a normal evening out, but for a special occasion or celebration, these restaurants can be a perfect choice for you and your family. The luxury restaurants of Tucson generally cost more than $20 per meal, but you're paying for the sumptuous, fresh food, the spectacular preparation and the gorgeous, and often artistic, environment.

GOLD Room
245 East Ina Road, Westward Look Resort
Tucson, AZ 85704

(520) 297-1151
www.goldtucson.com

This famous Tucson restaurant, known for having some of the best traditional southwestern cuisine in the city, boasts outstanding panoramic views of both the towering mountains and the city itself. The interior decor is based on metallic colors and shapes reminiscent of the desert, giving the place a very modern, airy feel. Having its own garden, GOLD is able to provide its guests with artistically prepared dishes featuring local, freshly picked vegetables, herbs, and spices. Some specialties of the restaurant are tender, juicy meats and game meats. A main dish will cost you around $25.

Barrio
135 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 629-0191

www.barriofoodanddrink.com

For a classy night out, BBOnline recommends that you check out the Barrio Grill, featuring southwestern favorites such as fish salad, dijon lamb and stuffed chiles. Lunch prices are more reasonable than those for dinner, which can set you back at least $20 per person. Very popular with the younger crowd, Barrio stays open late into the night, so there's no need to be in a hurry to get back to your Tucson Bed and Breakfast. You can just relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the Barrio Grill.

Budget Friendly Restaurants

If you're on a tight budget but still want to experience the distinctive southwestern flavors of Tucson, don't fret! You can still get fresh, authentic southwestern food for a great value if you know where to look.

Mi Nidito
1813 South 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 622-5081
www.minidito.net

Mi Nidito is a classic southwestern restaurant in Tucson and has been visited by such political figures and celebrities as Bill Clinton, Enrique Iglesias and Madeleine Albright. Meal prices range from $6 to $12, and you can choose from tasty treats like chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos and Mi Nidito's famous chile relleno.

El Guero Canelo
5201 South 12th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 295-9005
www.elguerocanelo.com

Founded by the Contreras family in 1993, El Guero Canelo is still run by the family and provides fresh southwestern food daily. The place is famous for its inexpensive Mexican hot dogs and carne asada. Their breakfast items are also unique, featuring dishes such as eggs and chorizo (Mexican sausage) with beans and tortillas. If you're short on cash, El Guero Canelo is a great place to grab a bite to eat and experience authentic southwestern flavor before returning to your Tucson Inn.