Tucson has so much amazing food & it was so hard to narrow our recommendations down to just these restaurants. For more suggestions and in-depth guides to eating & drinking your way around Tucson, check out Tucson Foodie!


No Anchovies: Good place to grab a slice of pizza, sit on the patio, & watch a sports game on tv.

Kababeque: Indian food with lots of good vegetarian/vegan/gf options.

Pelio Grill: Greek food with lots of vegetarian/vegan/gf options.

Time Market: On University closer to 4th avenue, Time Market offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and pizza slices. Veggie/vegan/gf options.

There are also many chains on University Blvd, walking distance from the hotel, or on campus including: Chipotle, Subway, Starbucks, Pieology, Jack in the Box, etc.

4th Avenue:

Boca Tacos y Tequila: Innovative tacos and amazing, fresh salsas.

TallBoys: Delicious breakfast food served round the clock. The breakfast poke bowl, huevos rancheros, and tater tots are sure to please.

Brooklyn Pizza Company: Good for a quick slice of pizza if you’re in a hurry.

Geronimo’s Revenge: You can find this food truck parked outside of Che’s Lounge after 5pm. Serves a variety of Sonoran inspired comfort food. You can’t go wrong with the Tucsano (think Sonoran cubano), the vegan mac n cheese, and a jalapeño soda.


Cup Café: Located in the historic Hotel Congress, the Cup Café is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Have a cocktail on the patio and enjoy some live music.

Miss Saigon: Great place to grab a quick bowl of pho or some spring rolls. Lots of vegetarian/vegan/gf options.

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink: An Italian eatery with amazing wood fired pizza.

Diablo Burger: Locally sourced burgers


Agustin Kitchen: A bit fancier than the rest of our suggestions, Agustin is American cuisine worth every penny.

Seis Kitchen: Food from 6 culinary regions of Mexico and handmade tortillas.

Beaut Burger: Amazing vegan burgers, picnic sides, and crab cakes.

Kukai Fresh Japanese Kitchen: Offers onigiri, ramen, rice bowls, and more!

Worth the (very short) drive:

Tumerico: Amazing food that happens to be vegan. Everything is made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes every day, but if the Cuban tacos are an option when you visit you won’t be disappointed!

Monsoon Chocolate: Home to the most beautiful (and delicious) chocolate treats & brunch foods. 

Welcome Diner: Fantastic diner food, all locally sourced and super fresh. Tons of specials and new menu items constantly.

Tania’s 33: Great place for some quick Mexican food. Burritos come in 4 different sizes (the largest of which is seriously enough for 4 meals) & AMAZING vegan/vegetarian options.

5 Points Market: Delicious spot for breakfast and lunch with amazing baked goods.

Café Desta: Amazing Ethiopian food!