Editor’s Note: 10/5/2015 Sadly, after just a year, Barrio Cuisine has closed. Charro Steak has taken its place.
Revitalized Downtown Tucson has yet another “foreign” food niche restaurant. Of course there is Caffe’ Milano for very good Italian. It’s next door to the Fox Theater, so when we are attending a performance, we usually combine the two and do dinner and a show. It’s sorta like “A Night On Broadway” in NYC without the humungous price tag.
Miss Saigon is not new to Tucson, but is fairly new to Downtown. It’s on 6th Avenue half a block north of Congress. Very good Vietnamese. Penca serves good foods from Central Mexico, particularly Mexico City. It located on Broadway at Scott.
Now comes Barrio Cuisine. When I first heard the name, I assumed it was going to be just another Mexican restaurant because the word, “barrio” is Spanish for “neighborhood”. It turns out that Barrio Cuisine serves food native to our natives.
This unique and charming place has a lot of big windows so you can people-watch, a high open ceiling, and a large, square metal-topped bar with a fire pit almost in the center of the spacious main dining area. The wood tables and chairs look like they may have come from Mexico. However in talking with the hostess, Shanti, I found out they were bought from Tres Amigos, but were actually made in India by Indians.