Flavors of Mexico: Where to Eat in Arizona
Arizona didn't become a U.S. state until 1912, and the southern tier of Arizona remained part of Mexico until 1854. Borders have moved over the centuries, but flavors, fortunately, know no such boundaries here. Sonoran cuisine is native to Arizona, and some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico can be had if you know where to go to eat.

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Birthplace of the Chimichanga

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El Charro sits in a converted set of historic houses & buildings a block off Tucson's old town district—the same location where it began serving food in 1922.

We had lunch here, at a big old wooden table in a warmly decorated dining room. Ask to be seated inside, or else in the garden, if the weather's amenable. It's a bit cold and dim in the front of the restaurant.

I had an amazing vegetarian burrito, stuffed with roasted veggies, avocado and a green corn tamale. The others went for the excellent chimichangas, reputedly invented here (you can read the story on the menu). The special-brewed beer, an amber, was great, the salsa verde addictive, the decor a great talking point.

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