Don Guerra

Don Guerra, of Barrio Bread, won the James Beard award for best baker in 2022.

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Barrio Bread

Location: 18 S. Eastbourne Ave.

Tucson has a few James Beard Award winners: Janos Wilder, El Güero Canelo, and, last year, Don Guerra. His outstanding artisan bread and commitment to Sonoran heritage grains make Barrio Bread a true bucket list item for longtime residents and visitors alike.

🌵 Tacos Apson

Location: 3501 S. 12th Ave.

Tacos Apson is Tucson’s taco. Their mesquite-grilled carne asada, on flour tortillas, is a love letter to Sonora. But you don’t have to stop there: I love the taco Lorenza, which glues the carne together with cheese. Their Taco Chino — just beans — is proof that the best food can be incredibly simple.

El Charro

Locations: 311 N. Court Ave.7725 N. Oracle Road6910 E. Sunrise Dr.

Monica Flin founded El Charro in 1922, and it rose to fame in the part of downtown razed for redevelopment in the 1960s. Her legacy lives on to this day, and in a variety of restaurants from the Si Charro family.

Hotel Congress

Location: 311 E. Congress St.

Hotel Congress is the anchor of our downtown. It’s living wild west history, where John Dillinger was caught and Dillinger Days are celebrated to this day. Hotel Congress is a venue, a brunch destination and a nightclub. Oh, and a hotel.

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