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“Stop for Lunch”

El Charro Cafe - The Original
Ranked #63 of 2,161 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 25
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Established in 1922, El Charro Cafe of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Cafe is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: "A Taste Explosion". We are innovators and originators and have proven this with our efforts in maintaining old world quality with new found concepts such as recipes lower in trans fat or designing dishes for those who need to dine gluten free! Whatever your needs, El Charro Cafe and family are prepared to show you that; "We are not the best because we are the oldest, We are the oldest because WE ARE THE BEST!"
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We didn't really think that it'd be as busy as it was for a random Wednesday afternoon, but we had to wait about ten minutes for a table. And it was well worth it! I got a lunch combo of their corn tamal and Sonoran flat enchilada, that come with rice and beans. I finished all but some lettuce that was on the side! My husband devoured his burrito de la casa and I couldn't believe our kids were eating so many of the homemade tortilla chips and salsa. The kids serving size of the nachos are a bit big, especially since they also come with rice, beans, and applesauce, so we had a lot left over. We will go every time we visit Tucson!

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

We came late because of travel schedule but the food was still fresh tasting and service was good. Had the mixed plate with enchilladas and chilis. Easy parking. There is a bar and small tienda that was closing as we arrived but looked interesting.

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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Authentic dishes and friendly staff make El Charro worth the wait. The food is delicious and fresh. Don't miss the guacamole.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

No way to get reservations, so two of us popped into this well-known (and well-reviewed) restaurant for a late lunch on a Monday ... the host was eager to find us a table (we'd been there an hour earlier and the line was OUT the door) and did so quickly. We ordered items from both the lunch and dinner menus. Beware: Margaritas are WAY too expensive for the quality! But the food is delicious.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

After a rough start at the hostess stand, we had a really good meal. Huge portions for the price. Caught happy hour which included some discounted drinks and appetizers. Food was tasty, fresh and not your typical Mexican meal. Was surprised how busy they were at 5:30p on a Wednesday so plan or call ahead especially on weekends, larger group or in a rush.

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