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Fill up on Tucson's unrivaled local flavors

Plenty of cities have great places to eat or go out for a drink, but what makes Tucson different is the fusion of cultures found only here in Southern Arizona. Native ingredients grown by indigenous peoples in the region for thousands of years led us to be designated as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the country. Mexican culture is at the core of the local art and music scene and has allowed Tucson to become the undisputed Mexican Food capital of the United States. Mind-blowing flavors from across the globe have landed in Tucson through the many Refugees who have made this welcoming community their home.

The other key ingredient to Tucson's flavor profile is the land itself. The special nature of the Sonoran Desert comes through with every sip and every bite. Try mesquite-smoked whiskey, chile spiced coffee, prickly pear glazed ribs, or bread, pasta, and pastries made from native seeds and grains. When you go to a restaurant or go out for a drink in Tucson, you know exactly where you are.

From the authentic Mexican spots, Sonoran Hot Dog stands, and taco trucks to the Chef-driven, farm-to-table restaurants. From the local wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries to the classic dive bars and hoppin' downtown clubs. No matter how you slice it, Tucson does dining and nightlife just a little bit differently.


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