A Day of Eating in Tucson

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When I was in college, a day-trip down to Tucson typically meant eating fast food, leftover pizza, and maybe sneaking in a cheap beer with my friends. However, now that we have all graduated, I think it’s time our palates graduated as well. And, with Tucson’s culinary scene booming, it’s easier than ever to have a delicious day of eating at all sorts of restaurants in the city down south.

Breakfast: Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

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Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress offers a delicious breakfast menu that combines classic favorites with a gourmet twist. I personally love their Congressional Omelet which gives you a chance to customize your dish with 3 of your favorite offerings. My go to? Bell peppers, onions, and sausage. My stomach is growling just thinking about it.

Check out their full breakfast menu here. 

Snack: Pure Love Juice

Our Tucson contributor, Becca, featured Pure Love Juice awhile back, and after reading her review on their acai bowls, I knew this was a spot I would visit again, and again, and again. Grab a quick juice, a bowl, or smoothie and you’ll feel energized and ready to get on with your afternoon.

Check out their full menu here.

Coffee Break: Sparkroot

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Our digital marketing coordinator, Kyle Krone, recommended Sparkroot as her go-to coffee spot during her time at U of A, so I decided to give it a try. I have to say, I was quite impressed. Their lattes are fantastic with their house-made syrups, and their Rootbrew toddy iced coffee is one I just can’t pass up.

Check out their full menu here.

Lunch: Magpies Gourmet Pizza

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As sophisticated as me and my palate may be, I will never be able to pass up on good pizza. Like literally, never. Luckily, Magpies offers so many different topping options and combinations that I could probably eat there every day and never get sick of it. (Not that I’m recommending that, I’m just saying, I could.)

Check out their full menu here.

Happy Hour: Thunder Canyon Brewery

Thunder Canyon Brewery is where the more sophisticated beer drinker goes in Tucson. With so many different options on tap, you can give your tastebuds a roller coaster ride of flavor. Just be sure to designate a driver!

Check out their full beer list here.

Dinner: Penca

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Start off with a bowl of house-made chips and chipotle salsa, and you’ll already be impressed. Then, grab a few yummy tacos or try one of their amazing entrees for a dinner you won’t forget! I guarantee this Mexico City Cuisine will have you wishing you had room for more. But, don’t worry, with amazing breakfast and lunch menus as well, you can stop by Penca a few times on your weekend trip. I promise not to tell.

Check out their full menu here.

Dessert: Hub Ice Creamery

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Can anything really beat a yummy scoop of ice cream after a long day of exploring? I, personally, haven’t found anything better yet. So, head over to Hub Ice Creamery and enjoy one of their yummy, unique flavors. Added bonus: the decor of this place makes it super Instagram worthy, so you can inspire serious desert envy in all your friends!

Check out their full ice cream list here. 


What are some of your favorite restaurants in Tucson? Email hello@coutureinthesuburbs.com with any recommendations for places we should check out!

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Lindsay Viker
Lindsay Viker

Founder & Editor of Couture in the Suburbs. Fashion Enthusiast. Starbucks Addict. Jewelry Hoarder.

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