Tucson is known as the City of Gastronomy, and we couldn’t agree more! Featuring two James Beard Award winners, our chef-focused cuisine will leave your mouth watering and stomach-full. Tucson has the distinct honor of having a UNESCO designation, only one of six cities in the United States to have this distinction, and Tucson is the only one of those six selected for Gastronomy. But enough about our accolades, you’re probably wondering where to eat, right?
1. Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink
Possibly the best pizza in town, you won’t want to miss this dining experience. The thin-crust pizza comes with a unique variety of toppings, and their delicious handcrafted cocktails pair perfectly with the exquisite cuisine. The interior of the space is also an experience in and of itself, with vaulted ceilings, exposed bring, and antique chandeliers. After you’re finished dining inside the elegant establishment, head outside to the beer garden and enjoy a lovely Tucson evening.
2. The Coronet
Take a short walk from Downtown Tucson to The Coronet, and discover Parisian fare and seasonally inspired European dishes. This is a favorite brunch spot for locals and visitors alike, and the decadent fare pairs perfectly with mimosas or orange blossoms. We recommend trying out their eggs florentine. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’d prefer a hearty, breakfast-inspired meal, try out Tallboys located on 4th Avenue. Their motto happens to be “Breakfast AF” so nothing is left to the imagination as to what you’re in for! They serve breakfast all day, but with a Tucson twist. Order rich tater tots covered in green chile, avocado, bacon, chipotle cream, pesto, and topped with two eggs. No matter what time of day, this meal will hit the spot.
4. Kingfisher Bar and Grill
Surprised to see seafood on the menu? Don’t be! The seafood is always fresh at the Kingfisher Bar and Grill, and even if you’re from a coastal city, you will be impressed. One of our favorite dishes is the Macadamia Nut Crusted Hawaiian Fish, paired with any one of the delectable handcrafted cocktails. The leather booths and the intimate ambiance of the interior are perfect for a date night.
5. Welcome Diner
If you want a modern twist on an old-school diner, look no further. The Welcome Diner has a mid-century modern vibe and a sophisticated take on traditional diner fare. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home, so you might just want to stay awhile, order a few items off the menu, and share a variety of dishes with your partner. We highly recommend ordering (at least one) of the Bumblebee: fried chicken, local honey, house mustard, and pickles. Just don’t fight over the last bite!