100 S Avenida del Convento
The West side’s Agustin Kitchen seamlessly blends American and French cuisine and at the helm is one of Tucson’s most popular and well-regarded chefs, Ryan Clark. Yes, the plates are both beautifully crafted and delicious (you can get everything from organic corn pot pie to fresh oysters), but Agustin Kitchen is making an appearance here for its long list of libations. Artfully crafted drinks like the Sonoran Old Fashioned, Wildflower Sour, or Miso Collins put a unique twist on popular cocktails. If you’re having trouble deciding (which you will), leave it up to your server and order the Bartender’s Whim, Agustin’s rotating drink special.
2545 E Broadway Blvd
Looking for the best-tasting tamales you’ve ever had the honor of eating? Forget heading to the border, and look no further than Tucson Tamale Company. The nondescript exterior of the shop might make it seem worth skipping at first, but once you take that first bite, you’ll be planning your next visit. Adventurous eaters go for tamales that pack some heat like the super-spicy JoJo and the spicy Arizona. Not trying to fry your taste buds? Order a mild tamale like the Sonora or the Berkeley.
3026 N Campbell Ave
Bread: it’s the stuff dreams are made of. And some folks make it better than others. Take the bread masters of Beyond Bread. They’ve perfected the loaf and created a yeasty empire of goodness. Tucson’s favorite bakery is also top dog when it comes to deli-style eats. Bart’s Bag, with turkey, Brie, tomato, and red onion sandwiched between slices of crusty baguette is like a little taste of heaven. Other faves like Rex’s Revenge with chicken, shaved Parm, lettuce, tomato, and drizzled Caesar dressing on focaccia bread might just make all of your lunchtime dreams come true.