Eats Guide: Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair 2018

Last modified on March 1st, 2018 at 2:48 pm

The biannual Fourth Avenue Street Fair begins Friday, March 2. And what good is Tucson Foodie if we can’t provide you with some kind of an idea of what you’ll be facing food-wise and where to find it.

If you’ve been to the fair before, you know you’re there when the smell of street food hits you from blocks away.

Over 40 food vendors will set up shop for this round of the fair and below are some of the standout offerings. Have a favorite that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

AJ’s Fry Bread

(flickr/lintbrush)

Fry bread at the street fair is a crowd favorite and AJ’s Fry Bread is where you can get it. No relation to AJ’s Fine Foods.

Where to find: Two booths, 5th Street and 7th Street.

BBQ 4 U

(Credit: BBQ 4 U)

(Credit: BBQ 4 U)

BBQ 4 U has been attending Tucson’s street fair since 1998. The food is a visitor favorite.

Where to find: West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

Blue Banjo BBQ

(Credit: Blue Banjo BBQ)

(Credit: Blue Banjo BBQ)

Known for barbecue, Blue Banjo prepares all dishes onsite over mesquite.

Look for tri-tip, roasted chicken, pulled pork, bratwurst, and hot wings.

Where to find: West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

Brushfire BBQ Co. 

Messy Mac & Cheese at BrushFire BBQ Co. (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

Messy Mac & Cheese at BrushFire BBQ Co. (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

With storefronts on Campbell at Glenn and 22nd and Kolb, Brushfire is well-known for barbecue in Tucson.

Where to find: 5th street west of 4th Avenue. 

Chan’s Concessions 

(Credit: Flickr/southernfoodwaysalliance)

(Credit: Flickr/ southernfoodwaysalliance)

Also found at the Pima County Fair, Chans Concessions offers chicken on a stick, egg rolls, and shrimp fried rice.

Where to find: West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

Cleveland Corned Beef

(Credit: Cleveland Corned Beef Company on Facebook)

According to their website, specialties include corned beef hoagies, Italian angus beef (Cleveland Style, topped with homemade French Fries and Cole Slaw), and loaded French fries.

Where to find:  West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

Corn Roasters

According to Yelp, The Corn Roasters sells ears of roasted corn with a selection of spices, sauces, and salts.

Where to find: West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street, and West of 4th Avenue on 4th Street. 

Hot Pops

Kettle corn is a street fair classic. Salty and sweet, this snack will have you coming back for more.

Where to find: East of Fourth Avenue on 4th Street. 

Jerry’s Lemonade

(Credit: Flickr/epw)

(Credit: Flickr/epw)

If you’re looking for lemonade at the street fair, you’ll have no problem finding it at one of Jerry’s Lemonade’s five booths.

Where to find: Four booths on 7th Street, one on 5th Street.

JPZ Concessions

Nothing says street fair like Giant Texas Corn Dogs. Grab one at JPZ Concessions, or try their Green Chile Cheese Fries.

Where to find: West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

JJ & Sons Piggly Wiggly

(Credit: Piggly’s)

Piggly Wiggly has become a fair favorite over the years. JJ’s offers burgers, barbecue, and giant turkey legs.

Where to find: East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street. 

Kountry Kettle Kitchen Kettle Korn

(Credit: Flickr/dearbarbz365)

(Credit: Flickr/ dearbarbz365 )

Nothing says “street fair” like the smell of kettle corn and sticky fingers.

Where to find: East of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street. 

Mutts Hot Dogs & Sausage 

(Credit: Mutts)

(Credit: Mutts)

You wouldn’t know by their name, but Mutts also offers breakfast items, soups, and salads.

Where to find:  West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

Nuttylicious Cinnamon Glazed Nuts

(Credit: Nuttylicious on Facebook)

A new addition to the Tucson Street Fair, you can find Cinnamon Glazed Almonds and Pecans at Nuttylicious. Made from an original German recipe.

Where to find:  West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street.

Piggly’s Seafood

Fried Fish at Piggly’s Seafood (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

If you’re looking for fried fish and chips, grilled fish tacos, and po’boys, look no further than Piggly’s Seafood.

Where to find:  East of Fourth Avenue on 7th Street.

S&B First Cook

(Credit: Flickr/pixeleden)

(Credit: Flickr/ pixeleden)

Another crowd favorite is making a comeback at the street fair.

S&B serves barbecued meat on a stick, along with egg rolls, chow mein, and shrimp tempura.

Where to find: East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street.

Scottsdale Soda

If you’re looking for a cool beverage to sip on while wandering the fair, check out Scottsdale Soda. Their all-natural and organic sodas are hand-crafted and come in 12 flavors: Ginger Beer, Horchata, Tamarindo, Manzana, Citrus Paradisi, Mexican Cola ( regular and diet), Sarsparilla, Black Cherry, Watermelon Cream, Vanilla Cream, and Diet Lemon-Up.

Where to find: At the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 4th Street.

The Orange Place

(Credit: Flickr/stuart_spivack)

(Credit: Flickr/ stuart_spivack )

Classic American food, such as burgers, fries, and hot dogs.

Where to find: Six different booths, four on 5th Street, and two on 4th Street.

The Tri Tip Man:

(Credit: The Tri Tip Man)

Are you craving something out of the ordinary? Tri-Tip Man has a unique selection of Smokin’ Meats & Sandwiches.

Where to find: 5th Street.

Other food vendors:

No less worthy, the following vendors will also be present at the 2017 winter Fourth Avenue Street Fair.

  • AZ Corn Roasters (East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street)
  • Aeco Greek (East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street)
  • Bayou Billy Sweet Tea (West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • The Churro Lab (West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • Greek Snack(West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • Hapa Hawaii BBQ (West of Fourth Avenue on 7th Street)
  • Hot & Sizzling Grill (East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street)
  • Kabob Shack (East of Fourth Avenue on 4th Street)
  • Mac Grill (West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • Nitro Freeze (East of Fourth Avenue on 4th Street)
  • PHD & Me (West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • Rosie’s Diner (West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • Sally’s BBQ (West of Hoff Avenue on 7th Street)
  • S&B First Cook Chinese (East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street)
  • Wyly Coyote (East of Fourth Avenue on 5th Street)

The fair will take over Fourth Avenue on March 2-4. For more information, visit Fourth Avenue.

Melissa hails from Brooklyn where she worked for a whole animal craft butchery company. She is now a professional Instagrammer in Tucson and believes everything is better in taco form. Follow her Instagram adventures on @mstihl.
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