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5 Star ratingOf the more than 80 dining reviews on Southern Arizona Guide, only these few have earned our 5-Saguaro (star) restaurant rating: The Best of the Best. If you dine at one of these fine establishments, we are confident you will have an outstanding experience.

Please see our Criteria for Ratings here. We know there could be more out there. Send us your suggestions!
Here is our list. or browse the excerpts below.

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Charro Steak: Just How Good is it?

Entry Bar: Charro Steak Downtown Tucson

Charro Steak opened in Downtown Tucson in April 2016. I dined there soon after with Julie, the new marketing director at the venerable Rialto Theater. Charro Steak is the offspring of El Charro Café, the legendary Mexican restaurant on Court Street made famous by Chef Carlotta Flores. Opening in 1922, … Continue reading

Is Bob’s Steak & Chop House The Best Steakhouse In Tucson?

Bob's steak and chop house tucson az

We are near the end of our exhaustive search for the Top 10 Best Steakhouses in Tucson. So far, we have reviewed: Pinnacle Peak; El Corral; Silver Saddle; PY; Cattletown; Daisy Mae’s; Lil’ Abner’s; Tanque Verde Guest Ranch; Fleming’s; & Sullivan’s. This week we review Bob’s Steak & Chop House … Continue reading

Does Pizzeria Bianco Serve The Best Pizza In Tucson?

Bianco Pizzeria Tucson

Editor’s Note: 09/18/2016 Sadly, Pizzeria Bianco Tucson has closed. You will have to go to Phoenix now. I have known audiophiles. I have known Francophiles. And now, after reviewing 13 pizzerias for our Top 10 List, I know a few people who self-identify as “pizzaphiles”: those who love pizza. Apparently, … Continue reading

Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, Bisbee

Santiago's Restaurant Bisbee

Just about every time I have gone to Bisbee over the past year I have tried to dine at Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant. However, something always managed to spoil my plans…until last week.I had heard a lot of positive comments about Santiago’s as I wandered Old Bisbee taking photographs and talking with the natives. Now I know why. Just walking in the front door will put a smile on your face. The interior is light and colorful, even playful. Very Mexican in the best possible sense. Santiago’s is a happy place.

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Table 10 Bisbee: A Dining Review.


The best thing about the Inn at Castle Rock is not the funky, yet comfortable rooms, nor the rustic café, nor even the view from the balconies. No, not even its history. These are all well & good. But the best thing about the Inn At Castle Rock is Chef Hazel.

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Vivace – Fine Italian Dining: Guest Review

Vivace Italian Restaurant

Scott & Sheryl Reed are friends from Wisconsin who have stayed with Ms. Karen and me several times. Last year they dined at Vivace and thought the experience so exceptional they wanted to go again and this time write a review. With those I know to have discriminating tastes, I will occasionally invite them to […]

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