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September 20, 2017

The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant

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The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant

TUCSON, ARIZONA - Since 1922, the family-owned El Charro Cafe has been serving exceptionally good Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and Tucson-style Mexican cuisine to locals and visitors from around the world. Now with 5 locations, the downtown Tucson location is housed in what was once the family residence of Monica Flin, who opened the restaurant and served as its chef, hostess and waitress. The iconic building was built by her father, Jules, a famous stone mason whose stone work can be seen throughout Tucson's historic district.

We highly recommend trying the Carne Seca Platter; the marinated beef is dried in the Sonoran desert sun, grilled with a mix of green chilie, tomato and onions and served with guacamole, pico salsa, calabacitas, rice and refried beans or charros with either flour or corn tortillas. Pictured here is one of the group dining rooms in the downtown location.


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