These days, every city claims to be a food destination. And, yes, if you want a great meal, you can find one in dozens of cities across the United States, plus in countless places around the world.
Tucson is no different – we champion the vibrant, chef-focused restaurants, the wide variety of international cuisine, and our incredible Mexican food. However, what makes one city’s food more notable than another? Articles in national magazines? Accolades from bloggers? Tucson has plenty of those, but we also were designated as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S.
Why was Tucson selected to join this prestigious club? As the city’s press release puts it, we were selected for “our region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness." That's a lot to process, but in essence, it means that dining in Tucson is a unique experience, one that reflects the culture of the Sonoran Desert, from the sun and the soil to the diverse community of people who live here.
Fortunately, you don't have to have a degree in the sociology of food to enjoy a meal here, but when you check out one of our great local restaurants, you'll notice that something's different. Our Free Yourself culture shows up on every plate.
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