The Morning Blend


¡Sí Charro! Tucson's most legendary family of restaurants

Mexican food, steaks and seafood... oh my!
Posted at 6:19 PM, Dec 10, 2020

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Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Café is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: "A Taste Explosion".

Established in 1922, El Charro Café is the nation’s longest-running family-owned and -operated Mexican restaurant around. And, for Tucsonans, it’s located just around the corner.

History states that El Charro was the culinary creation of Monica Flin, daughter of Jules and Carlota (Brunet) Flin. Born and raised in Tucson, married life took Monica to Mexico, where she resided until her second husband passed before returning home. Her love of cooking and desire to share it with others forged a dream to open a restaurant; however, times were rough and money was tight. Her sister’s financial assistance would afford Monica just enough money to open a one-room restaurant, named El Charro after the “gentlemen horsemen” better known as Los Charros in Mexico.