Note: We have dined at each of these 3 Mexican restaurants several times since the reviews were first published. The reviews & rankings still hold true as of July 2014.
People often ask me, “Jim, which is the best Mexican restaurant in Tucson?” I’ve eaten at so many, but could I give them a fairly objective appraisal?
Over the 2011 holidays, I invited the 13 members of my visiting family to help determine the Best Mexican Restaurant in all of Tucson. After several years of experimenting, I had already discounted several contenders and settled on Three Finalists, listed here in the order we ranked them.
NOTE: This ranking was unanimous.
The 3 Finalists
- Cafe’ Poca Cosa; Downtown on Pennington.
- El Charro Cafe’ – Downtown on Court Street near the Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block.
- Theresa’s Mosaic Cafe’ hidden behind the McDonald’s just west of Silverbell & Grant.
Visit them all and decide for yourselves. How would you rank the Best Mexican Restaurants?
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