Micha's, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height, of every taco in my sight. I love thee's chimichangas, and thee's green chile enchiladas. The beef machaca, the chicken tostada, and the carne asada. (Wow, it's easy to rhyme things with "A"!) Sometimes the parking lot can be a pain in the neck. But I shall but love thee better after the check.
I made this into a poem because this Tucson institution has been written about for decades, and most of what I can say has already been said. But here it is anyway ... If you want to know what Tucson Mexican food tasted like before the foodie scene brought in all the gourmet and the hyper-regional, this is it: "Pattie" beef tacos, with the ground beef shaped into a crumbly hamburger, fried to a beautiful crackle with a storm of shredded yellow cheese on top.
This is Sonoran food. It is not healthy and it is not fancy, but it's extremely well-executed. And dare I say it, freaking delicious!
Weird fact: The ground beef patty tacos are actually an original recipe from Micha's co-founder Artemisa "Micha" Mariscal. The family has been serving them ever since they opened the restaurant in 1976.
Location: 2908 S. Fourth Ave.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays
Payment: accepts debit and credit cards