As the second largest city in Arizona, Tucson has a lot to offer visitors, from outdoor adventures and contemporary art to cultural events and culinary delights. With dining options spanning everything from Italian restaurants to Mexican establishments, there are a host of restaurant venues for every budget and taste. Here are ten of the best restaurants in the area.
Owned by Steve and Renee Kreager, Renee’s Organic Oven is an award-winning restaurant specializing in pizzas made with top-quality ingredients, with an emphasis on organic products. Sourcing organic produce from local purveyors when possible, the crew at this pizzeria also offers diners nitrate-free meats, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken as toppings. Guests can create their own pizza or order a specialty pie, such as the Thai curry topped with red curry sauce, spicy Mary’s chicken, mozzarella, red pepper, zucchini, onion, basil leaves, and parmesan. The menu also offers many other enticing options, from appetizers including organic bread baked fresh to order, to sandwiches to pastas. Respecting guests’ dietary needs, Renee’s also features vegan and gluten-free pizzas.
Renee’s Organic Oven, 7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 886 0484
One of the 25 coolest food trucks in the USA according to Forbes, Serial Grillers also has a brick-and-mortar store where they serve the entire food truck menu plus fantastic pizzas. Owned by William and Travis Miller, this unique haunt features a flavorful menu with dishes named after serial killers and horror flicks. Guests can savor items such as the Hannibal rib eye cheese steak with grilled onions, jalapeños, cherry peppers, sweet peppers, tomatoes, pickles, and American white cheddar, or the Saw pizza topped with marinara, mozzarella and provolone cheese, feta, pancetta, pineapple, and brown sugar. Open seven days a week, this lively venue also offers vegetarian options, appetizers and side dishes, and dessert options.
Established in 1998, Beyond Bread is a Zagat-rated Tucson bakery and cafe specializing in delicious baked goods, breakfast and lunch items. Voted as having the best bread and sandwiches by Tucson Weekly year after year, this establishment now has three locations within Tucson, providing numerous guests with their tasty treats on a daily basis. Customers can purchase a host of savory and sweet treats, including multi-grain and cranberry pecan bread, pastries, brownies, and chocolate mousse tortes to name but a few. Breakfast and lunch options are plentiful, with highlights being the Mediterranean omelet with tomatoes, feta, and artichoke hearts, and Pauley’s pesto sandwich with chicken, provolone, basil pesto, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and Italian dressing on focaccia.
Beyond Bread (Central), 3026 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 322 9965
Established in 2013, Prep & Pastry is a delightful bakery featuring New American cuisine. Serving breakfast and lunch daily plus a weekend brunch, this restaurant’s culinary team uses only the freshest ingredients sourced from local purveyors in their tasty dishes, which will appeal to a wide range of tastes. With an array of delectable options from sweet to savory, guests can try carrot cake French toast, biscuits and gravy and a meatloaf sandwich with bacon, truffled arugula, tomato-golden raisin ketchup, and garlic aioli. Their bakery also turns out scrumptious selections, such as doussants — a local take on the infamous cronut — in a variety of flavors like chocolate chip cookie dough.
Prep & Pastry, 3073 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 326 7737
Established in 2008 by Todd Martin, Tucson Tamale Company is an establishment that specializes in tamales, but not just any tamale; they feature gourmet tamales inspired by international flavors. Made with the freshest ingredients available, including organic corn masa, customers might be surprised at how versatile the tamale can be. With over 25 varieties available, diners can try the breakfast-inspired sunrise with sausage, potato, and cheese in red chilli masa, the Indian-inspired New Delhi with a vegetable medley, coconut milk, and mild yellow curry or the more traditional jojo with chipotle beef and cheese in jalapeño masa. Guests can dine inside or on the lovely patio, order for takeaway, or if they are not in the Tucson area, they may order online and have their meal delivered.
Tucson Tamale Company, 2545 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 305 4760