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, El Charro Café is the oldest family operated Mexican restaurant in the country. On Southern Arizona Guide, El Charro Cafe earned a 5-Saguaro rating and is listed on our Top 3 Mexican Restaurants in Tucson. Carlotta’s son, Ray Flores, is now president of the many El Charro enterprises.
For you Gringos who don’t know what “charro” means, a visit to Charro Steak will leave no doubt. On most of the walls are very large rusted metal murals of dashing Mexican horsemen.
Julie ordered the 7 oz. filet ($32.95) and let me have a bite. As fine a filet as I have ever tasted. Could have cut it with a butter knife. I ordered the Chef’s Cut. This is Chef Gary Hickey’s choice that he hand trims. The price will vary with the type and I sorta recall that mine was a New York cut. For an additional $8.95, I ordered 3 jumbo mesquite grilled shrimps. Delightful! As to the steak, the taste of the mesquite smoke from the BBQ was immediately noticeable, and much to my liking.Read More