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9 Tucson restaurants featured in TV shows

Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 13:54:49-04

Lifestyle channels like Food Network and Travel Channel scour the U.S. in search of the best eats. It's no wonder why Tucson has become a culinary destination and has been featured in shows such as "Food Paradise" and "Food Wars". Check out our list of 9 Tucson restaurants featured on TV shows.

We hope you're hungry!

El Guero Canelo 
Daniel Contreras owns and operates three El Guero Canelo restaurants. Make sure to try their world famous Sonoran style hot dogs. El Guero Canelo appeared on Travel Channel's "Food Wars" in 2010. 
Location: 2480 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ 85705

El Charro Cafe
El Charro Cafe is the nation's oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family! The restaurant features Northern Mexico-Sonoran and Tucson style cuisine. In 2013, El Charro Cafe was featured on Travel Channel's "Food Paradise".
Location: 311 N. Court Ave. Tucson, AZ 85704

Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteak
Home to the world's largest cheesesteak, this family-owned business believes quality is a priority. In fact, Frankie's buys their rolls from Philadelphia! Night manager, Amy Bosley says it's the best cheesesteak in Tucson, and that's why it's so busy. Frankie's appeared on Food Network's "Outrageous Food".
Location: 2574 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719

Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
Teresa's Mosaic Cafe prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients to create authentic Sonoran and Oaxaca cuisine. The restaurant had the opportunity to compete against celebrity chef, Bobby Flay and was highlighted on Food Network's hit show, "Throwdown with Bobby Flay".
Location: 2456 N. Silver Mosaic Dr. Tucson, AZ 85745

Mi Nidito
From Willy Nelson to Tina Turner to former president, Bill Clinton, Mi Nidito is a travel hotspot among celebrities. The restaurant was featured on Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" in 2009. 
Location: 1813 S. 4th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85713

CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen
If you're craving Jamaican food in Tucson, you're in luck! At CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen, try authentic dishes like jerk chicken, goat and oxtail. The restaurant made its TV debut on Food Network's "Meat & Potatoes". 
Location: 5304 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85712

Cup Cafe
Located inside Hotel Congress, Cup Cafe serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Celebrity Chef, Rachel Ray featured the award-winning restaurant on Food Network's "$40 a Day." 
Location: 311 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
What is better than a burger, fries and a milkshake? From truffle fries to grass-fed burgers, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar takes American favorites to a new level. Plus, Zinburger whips up a a new burger every week! The restaurant appeared on Food Network's "Meat & Potatoes".
Location: 6390 E. Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85715
Location: 1865 E. River Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718

Tucson Tamale Co. 
Tucson Tamale Co. is a hit around the country with shipments available nationwide. The restaurant was recently featured in People Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide, and it's easy to see why! Tucson Tamale Co. was seen on Cooking Channel's "FoodCrafters". 
Location: 7286 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704
Location: 2545 E. Broadway Blvd. Tuscon AZ, 85716
Location: 7159 E. Tanque Verde Rd. Tucson, AZ 85715

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