Your Guide To 32 Bars & Restaurants On Fourth Avenue

Last modified on November 5th, 2017 at 6:55 am

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Fourth Avenue is one of Tucson’s most popular destinations. Home to locally owned clothing stores, barber shops, salons, nightclubs, and boutiques offering local artists’ wares, Fourth Avenue is Tucson’s own little version of San Francisco’s Haight Street.

Of course, Fourth Avenue offers a ton of food, too.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat but can’t decide what you’re in the mood for, Fourth Avenue is chock full of options. Classic items like sandwiches and burgers are available up and down the avenue while more ethnic cuisines such as Greek, Italian, Latin, and Mexican, also make an appearance.

So, whether you’re a meat-seeking carnivore, a vegetarian, or a vegan, options abound.

Below is our guide to 34 restaurants and bars on Fourth Avenue.

4th Avenue Delicatessen 

425 N. 4th Ave.
Hot dogs at 4th Avenue Delicatessen (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Hot dogs at 4th Avenue Delicatessen (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Founded in 2013, guests at the 4th Avenue Deli can dine in, take out, or cater to a party. The deli is iconic for not only sandwiches, but hot dogs. The deli celebrates Independence Day with a Hot Dog Shoot-Out, an annual hot dog eating contest.

Favorite Items: 

  • The Stallone – Ham, salami, bell peppers, tomato, onion, green leaf, and pepperoncini served on a hoagie
  • Tucson Streetcar – Turkey, ham, salami, roast beef, bacon, swiss cheese, provolone, cheddar, pepper jack, green leaf, tomato, and onion served on a hoagie
  • Bama Dog – Chili, coleslaw, and hot sauce

For more information visit 4th Avenue Delicatessen

Athens on 4th Ave.

500 N. 4th Ave.
Pastitsio at Athens on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Gloria Knott)

Pastitsio at Athens on 4th Avenue (Credit: Gloria Knott)

Authentic Greek restaurant Athens, has served Fourth Avenue since 1993. The family-owned restaurant prepares dishes with locally grown vegetables, imported cheese, olives, and wine.

Highlighted Items:

  • Braised Lamb – Lamb shank seared in extra virgin olive oil with tomatoes and onions, served with vegetable of the day and choice of rice or pasta
  • Moussaka – Braised ground beef with grilled eggplant and potatoes, served with rice
  • Tiri Saganaki – Sautéed Kefalotiri cheese flamed with brandy, served with pita bread

For more information, visit Athens on 4th Ave

B-Line

621 N. 4th Ave.
B-Line on Fourth Avenue (Credit: The B Line)

(Credit: The B Line)

Serving Tucson since 2002, B-Line is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Desserts are made in house and were previously featured on the Food Network. B-Line also serves coffee and espresso from local coffee roaster, Exo Roast.

B-Line Favorites:

  • Fish Tacos – Mahi Mahi soft tacos on corn tortillas with avocado, cabbage, and cheese, served with rice and beans
  • Veggie Burro – Pinto beans, caramelized onion, vegetables, rice, and pico de gallo
  • Spicy Black Bean Cheeseburger – Vegetarian black bean patty with havarti, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with potato chips and a pickle

For more information, visit B-Line.

Bison Witches Bar & Deli

326 N. 4th Ave.
(Credit: Bison Witches)

(Credit: Bison Witches)

There’s no question that Bison Witches Bar & Deli is a fan favorite for sandwich lovers. The restaurant features enormous sandwiches, five different soups in bread bowls, salads, and a bar with wine and beer on tap.

Highlighted Sandwiches:

  • Beef & Brie – Brie melted on sliced roast beef with tomatoes, sprouts, and Russian mustard
  • Veggie Sandwich – Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, peppers, artichoke hearts, black olives, avocado, sprouts, cheddar, provolone, and cream cheese
  • Cally – Turkey, avocado, cream cheese, and sprouts on a toasted croissant

For more information, visit Bison Witches Bar & Deli.

BOCA Tacos y Tequila

533 N. 4th Ave.
Guacamole Duo at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Guacamole Duo at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taco queen Maria Mazon recently relocated BOCA to the space that formerly housed Delectables. The larger kitchen expands BOCA’s repertoire with more weekly specials and the constantly changing Guacamole Duo.

Highlighted Tacos:

  • Macho – Chopped steak stuffed in an Anaheim chile with melted cheese
  • AM – Hash brown topped with a fried egg & basil cilantro jalapeño crema
  • Octopus – Onions and garlic sautéed in lemon butter over grilled octopus

For more information, visit bocatacos.com.

Brooklyn Pizza Company

534 N. 4th Ave.
Cheese Pizza at Brooklyn Pizza on Fourth Avenue (Brooklyn Pizza)

Cheese Pizza at Brooklyn Pizza (Credit: Brooklyn Pizza Company)

Brooklyn Pizza Company offers handmade pizza by the slice or by the pie, daily happy hour, pasta and wings, and gelato and Italian ice. Guests can pick up, dine in, or have pizza (or beer and wine!) delivered. Fun fact: Brooklyn’s and sister bar Sky Bar are completely powered by the sun.

Favorite Toppings:

  • Veggies – Broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts
  • Meats – Meatballs, sausage, chicken, ground beef

For more information, visit Brooklyn Pizza Company. 

Cafe Passé

415 N. 4th Ave.
Cafe Passe Balsamic Blueberry Goat Cheese Scone on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Cafe Passe Balsamic Blueberry Goat Cheese Scone (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cafe Passé offers coffee, espresso, beer, and cocktails. And of course, food. But what makes Cafe Passé special is the hidden patio with seating in a garden of trees.

Must-Try Items:

  • The Peter Mattsson Bagel – Lox, caper, onion, tomato, organic greens, and radish
  • Kaesespaetzle – German dumpling, havarti, caramelized onion, thyme, and parsley
  • Nutty Irish latte – With hazelnut and Irish cream

Keep up with Cafe Passe on Facebook.

Caruso’s Italian Restaurant

434 N. 4th Ave.
Caruso's (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Caruso’s (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Family-owned Caruso’s was founded in 1938 and offers homemade Italian food. Four generations later, the restaurant’s cooking techniques remain unchanged.

Caruso’s Favorites:

  • Cheese Manicotti and Meat-filled Cannellone – Manicotti made from spinach pasta and stuffed with cheese; cannellone made from egg pasta and stuffed with meat
  • Lasagne and Chicken Parmigiana – Meat lasagne with chicken breast,  mushrooms, and cheese
  • Shrimps and Scallops Alfredo – Shrimp and scallops in Alfredo sauce and mushrooms

For more information, visit Caruso’s Italian Restaurant

The Coronet

402 E. 9th St.
Liver Toast at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Liver Toast at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Offering Old World country cooking, The Coronet’s menus are crafted by co-owner Sally Kane and chef Moody Albarasi. While other restaurants on Fourth Avenue focus on casual dining and comfort foods, The Coronet is a touch more sophisticated. And if you’re curious about the building, The Coronet is located in what was once the Coronado Hotel, built in 1928.

Coronet Favorites:

  • Shakshuka – Baked egg, tomato sauce, chickpeas, and feta, served with cucumber salad
  • Frisée Salad – Jicama, apple, blue cheese champagne vinaigrette
  • Jacques’ Magic Beans – Butter beans, roasted mushrooms, tomatoes, preserved lemon, piave cheese, greens

For more information, visit The Coronet.

The Drunken Chicken

429 N. 4th Ave.
Chicken & Waffle with Bourbon Maple Syrup at the Drunken Chicken (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chicken & Waffle with Bourbon Maple Syrup at the Drunken Chicken (Credit: Jackie Tran)

One of the newest additions on Fourth Avenue, The Drunken Chicken keeps it simple with a small quirky menu. Chicken and beer-batter waffles star with the rotating dips and maple syrups.

Highlighted Items:

  • The Beast – bacon-wrapped, waffle-battered chicken strip
  • Fried Deviled Egg
  • Chicken & Waffle Plate

Keep up with The Drunken Chicken on Instagram.

Epic Cafe

745 N. 4th Ave.
Epic Cafe Blackberry Almond Scone on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Epic Cafe Blackberry Almond Scone (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Family-owned since 1994, Epic Cafe not only serves coffee, but pastries, salads, and sandwiches. Epic Cafe also grows some vegetables in their garden, and composts all possible materials.

Epic Cafe Favorites:

  • Hummus Sandwich – Served with choice of chips, coleslaw, or macaroni salad
  • Breakfast Burrito – Available with your choice of bacon, sausage, or turkey
  • Peanut Butter Mocha – Available with your choice of milk

For more information, visit Epic Cafe.

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

220 N. 4th Ave.
Chorizo Beef Quesadilla from the late night menu at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit Jackie Tran)

Chorizo Beef Quesadilla from the late night menu at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit Jackie Tran)

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar offers a wide selection of craft beer and wine, both on tap and in bottles. Ermanos also serves brunch, lunch and dinner, and features a late night menu to satisfy late night munchies.

Recommended Items: 

  • Zip Burger – Angus beef, “zip sauce,” and onions
  • Beer Fish ‘N Chips – Served with tartar and fries
  • Veggie Sandwich – Pesto, cotija spread, tomato confit

For more information, visit Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

Food Conspiracy Co-op

412 N. 4th Ave.
Food Conspiracy Co-op on Fourth Avenue

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Food Conspiracy Co-op isn’t a typical restaurant. First and foremost, Food Conspiracy is a grocery store, offering natural foods and ingredients since 1971. Within the last few years, Food Conspiracy added a hot and cold bar for lunch and dinner.

Highlighted Items:

  • Tempeh BLT
  • Breakfast Burrito
  • Vegetarian Enchilada

For more information, visit Food Conspiracy Co-Op

The Garage Eatery & Pub

802 N. 4th Avenue
Hot Chicken at the Garage Eatery & Pub on 4th (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Hot Chicken at the Garage Eatery & Pub on 4th (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The open air (when the garage doors are opens), former gas station meets auto-repair business transformed recently into a modern bar and pub with a great, simple menu of burgers, wings, salads, beer, and more. The former gas station is a historic Fourth Avenue location.

Must-try items:

  • Hot Chicken Sandwich —Spicy fried chicken, lettuce, pickles, mayo
  • Steak-Frites — Arizona local hanger steak topped with garlic butter, served with house fries and fry sauce
  • Fire-Roasted Green Chili Burger — Green chili, Jack cheese, green mayo, pickled onion, lettuce

More info at thegarageon4th.com.

La Indita

611 N. 4th Ave.
Bean Burrito at La Indita on Fourth Avenue in Tucson, Ariz.

Bean burrito at La Indita in Tucson, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Serving a blend of Mexican and Native American cuisine, La Indita’s recipes are handcrafted by Maria Garcia, a native Tarascan from Michoacan, Mexico. La Indita serves a variety of authentic dishes, including Tucson’s rare molé. 

La Indita Favorites:

  • Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce — Chicken rolled in a corn tortilla with green enchilada sauce, served with rice and beans
  • Chicken Molé — Chicken with sauce made from chocolate, peanuts, prunes, and peppers, served with a flour tortilla
  • Tarascan Tacos — Available with cheese, beef, carne seca, chicken, beans, or spinach

For more information, visit La Indita

Lindy’s on 4th

500 N. 4th Ave.
Shroomin’ Cow Burger at Lindy's on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

Shroomin’ Cow Burger at Lindy’s (Credit: Lindy’s on 4th)

Lindy’s takes the “art form” of burgers to the next level. You might remember when the twelve patty burger was featured on Travel Network’s Man vs. Food in 2009. But if you aren’t that into burgers, Lindy’s also offers Philly cheese steaks, chicken sandwiches, and vegetarian options.

Favorite Burgers:

  • Dirty Sanchez — Green chiles, jalapeños, pepper jack, and guacamole
  • 2 Finger Peekaboo — Mushrooms, onion ring, Swiss cheese, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion on two grilled cheese buns
  • Blue Baller — Bleu cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion

For more information, visit Lindy’s on 4th.

Magpies Gourmet Pizza

605 N. 4th Ave.
Magpies Gourmet Pizza on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

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At Magpies, guests can build a pizza or choose from the menu, but the pizza joint also offer calzones, subs, and salads. Plus, the restaurant offers complimentary popcorn as you wait for your entree. And like many restaurants on Fourth, Magpies offers a wide selection of beer.

Favorite Pizzas:

  • Chicken Primavera — Garlic ranch sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, onions, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, scallions, and chicken breast
  • The Mag-nificent Giant — Marinara, mozzarella, Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, bell peppers, olives, and mushrooms
  • Chicken Picante — Spicy tomato-pesto, mozzarella, feta, tomatoes, cilantro, and chicken breast

For more information, visit Magpies Gourmet Pizza

Martin’s Comida Chingona

555 N. 4th Ave.
Chicken mole burro at Martin’s Comida Chingona on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

Chicken mole burro at Martin’s Comida Chingona in Tucson, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Martin Fontes wanted to open a restaurant that didn’t require a fryer or freezer. His dream was made possible when Martin’s Comida Chingona opened in 2001. Martin’s menu includes authentic Mexican food and is one of the few restaurants in Tucson that offers molé.

Must-Try Items: 

  • Carne Asada Tacos
  • Chicken Molé Tacos
  • Vegetable Molé Burrito

For more information, visit Martin’s Comida Chingona’s Facebook Page

O’Malleys Bar and Grill

247 N. 4th Ave.
O'Malleys Bar and Grill on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: O’Malleys Bar and Grill)

O’Malleys may be known for its night life, but they also serve food. With burgers, sandwiches, and salads, guests have a large number of options to choose from.

Highlighted Items:

  • O’Malley Melt — Bacon, Swiss cheese, onion, tomato, and thousand island dressing on grilled sourdough
  • Reuben Sandwich — Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on grilled marbled rye
  • Bacon Bleu Burger — Bleu cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried pickles, and horseradish mayonnaise

Keep up with O’Malleys on Facebook

Revolutionary Grounds

606 N. 4th Ave.
(Credit: Revolutionary Grounds)

(Credit: Revolutionary Grounds)

Paul Gattone and Joy Soler once had a dream to open a bookstore. But what’s a bookstore without the fresh scent of warm coffee and tea? Revolutionary Grounds is a blend between books and coffee, also offering sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries.

Highlighted Items:

  • Anna G. Panini — Hummus, avocado, tomato, cucumber, and sriracha on multigrain bread
  • Vegan Banana Nut Muffin
  • Chai Tea Latte

For more information, visit Revolutionary Grounds.

TallBoys

600 N. 4th Ave.
Breakfast Poke at TallBoys (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Breakfast Poke at TallBoys (Credit: Jackie Tran)

TallBoys calls themselves “breakfast AF” with eggs, tots, and other breakfast-inspired items available daily from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Highlighted Items:

  • Breakfast Poke — Raw fresh salmon, kimchi, nori, pickled ginger, cucumbers, radish, pickled onions, carrot, sunny side egg, avocado
  • Tallboy Tots — Two eggs over-medium over tots, cheese, green chile, bacon, smothered in chipotle crema and pesto sauce, topped with pickled veggies, and avocado
  • Huevos Rancheros — Two eggs over homefries, black beans, and hand-pressed corn tortillas covered in Spanish ranchero sauce topped with pickled veggies, crema, and avocado

For more information, visit tallboysaf.com.

Bars & Nightclubs:

Che’s Lounge

350 N. 4th Ave.
Che's Lounge on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: Che’s Lounge)

For over 14 years, Che’s Lounge has firmly anchored itself as the premiere dive bar meets neighborhood hangout. At the heart of Fourth Avenue, Che’s Lounge is open until the bars close daily, frequently hosting live music and events.

For more information, visit Che’s Lounge.

The Flycatcher 

340 E. 6th St.
(Credit: The Flycatcher on Facebook)

(Credit: The Flycatcher on Facebook)

The Flycatcher came to Fourth Avenue in the summer of 2014. Along with a bar, Flycatcher features live music from local, national, and international bands. With different events weekly, guests should look forward to checking the online calendar often.

For more information, visit The Flycatcher.

The Hut

305 N. 4th Ave.
The Hut on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: The Hut)

With tropical drinks and live music, The Hut is a fun place to be. The Hut’s Moai Tiki head is said to be the largest in the continent and was moved from its previous location at Magic Carpet Golf. It’s hard to miss this iconic Fourth Avenue landmark.

For more information, visit The Hut

IBT’s Bar + Food

616 N. 4th Ave.
IBT's Bar + Food on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: IBT’s Bar + Food)

You don’t have to be gay to hang out at IBT’s, but if you are, you’re at the right spot. IBT’s is equal parts dancing, drinks, and if you’re lucky, drag.

For more information, visit IBT’s Bar + Food

Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar

513 N. 4th Ave.
Mr. Head's Art Gallery and Bar on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar)

Pleasantly rough around the edges, Mr. Head’s offers a wide selection of beer, drink specials, live music, and karaoke.

For more information, visit Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar’s Facebook Page.

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Maloney’s Tavern

301 E. Stevens Ave.
Maloney's Tavern on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

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Although Maloney’s offers food, they’re better known for the bar and drinks. Established in 1991, Maloney’s is a popular place for the college crowd.

For more information, visit Maloney’s Tavern.

The Shanty

401 N. Ninth Street
The Shanty on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: The Shanty)

Serving Tucson for 77 years, The Shanty is Arizona’s oldest continuously licensed bar. They offer an extensive selection of beer, including imported liquor.

For more information, visit The Shanty

Sky Bar

247 N. 4th Ave.
Sky Bar on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: Sky Bar)

This astronomy-themed sister bar to Brooklyn Pizza Company is solar powered and offers open mic nights, DJs, live music, and telescopes on the patio. Sky Bar features coffee, smoothies, and pastries in the morning.

For more information, visit Sky Bar.

Surly Wench Pub

424 N. 4th Ave.
(Credit: Surly Wench Pub)

(Credit: Surly Wench Pub)

Established in 2004, Surly Wench Pub is known for its bar, food including burgers and tacos, events, and better yet, burlesque. With regular events, daily happy hour, and two burlesque showings once a month, Surly Wench is an important stop on Fourth Avenue.

For more information, visit Surly Wench Pub.

The Wreck

213 N. 4th Ave.
The Wreck on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: The Wreck)

The Wreck is a Southern-themed bar blending country and southern rock. Instead of serving drinks like martinis, The Wreck features whiskey, beer, and bourbon.

For more information, visit The Wreck’s Facebook Page.

Other Favorites:

Chocolate Iguana on 4th

500 N. Fourth Avenue
Pumpkin Scones at Chocolate Iguana on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

Chocolate Iguana Seasonal Pumpkin Scone

Chocolate Iguana is a cafe meets sweets shop. Along with pastries, sandwiches, and coffee, Chocolate Iguana features unique gifts and greeting cards.

Notable Items:

  • The Chocolate Iguana – Double cafe mocha with mint chocolate chip ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and an edible iguana tail
  • Turkey Pesto Sandwich – Pesto and garlic olive oil with turkey, red pepper, and mozzarella on a toasted baguette
  • Herby Albacore – Tuna with herbs, celery, mayonnaise, almonds, tomatoes, and sprouts on 7-grain bread

For more information, visit Chocolate Iguana on 4th

Gloria Knott was Tucson Foodie's 2016 journalism and social media intern.
  • Miss Frankie Stein

    No mention of Surly Wench Pub? I question anyone’s credentials who would write about Fourth Avenue and not mention them. Garbage! This should be revisited.

    • Our bad! They are being added. Not sure how they were missed.

      • Miss Frankie Stein

        Awesome! They’ve been recognized in many national publications. Thanks

      • Miss Frankie Stein

        I hope so. This would be a sad representation of 4th Avenue and Tucson if they were overlooked.