Welcome to MetroGuide.Network's Tucson DiningGuide,
a directory of restaurants and related restaurant information for Metropolitan Tucson, Arizona. Use MetroGuide's DiningGuide service to find Tucson restaurants by location or cuisine.
Boasting more than 3,000 eateries, historic Tucson -- The Fugitive was first filmed downtown as�television's Dr. Richard Kimble took initial refuge for a quick bite at The Hotel Congress -- brims with one-of-a-kind dining outposts alongside well-known chains. El Charro, where the main ingredient of its signature machaca is spicy dried beef, ranks as the nation's oldest restaurant. In fact, authentic Mexican cuisine plays a leading role all over town, with more than 150 eateries serving up mostly Sonoran fare, but with plenty of hybrids to boot. Steakhouses are big here and ethnic offerings range from Japanese to Lebanese. Despite lack of oceanfront, seafood also is a specialty at many dining enclaves. The Bluefin Seafood Bistro joins Kingfisher and more than three dozen other locally-owned restaurants known as Tucson Originals.�Primo Tucson!, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, has created buzz along with the latest restaurant adventures of up-and-comer chef Melissa Kelly, known for blending Italian influences with American Country cuisine. "Tucson" is derived from the Tohono O'Odham Native American word Stjukshon (pronounced Chuk-son) for "spring at the foot of black mountain."�Spanish and European settlers changed the name for easier pronunciation.�Tucson's 1884 City Directory listed 25 saloons, and anyone passing through town today will find many more to stave off that parched feeling. Tucson insiders consider menudo -- a Mexican soup made of tripe and hominy -- as an effective hangover remedy, crediting high vitamin-B content and hot chiles in the soup for any cure.