AZ Wildcats (or fans) get in on the U of A dining action (a few beverage spots were thrown in the mix, too).
If you’re hungry and hanging around the University of Arizona, you’re in luck.
Don’t worry about chain restaurants at the food court – venture around the perimeter of campus for a variety of eats from around the world.
From Broadway and Euclid to Speedway and Campbell (with a few exceptions), here’s our dining guide to 38 local spots around the University of Arizona.
1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
With 30 rotating drafts and bottles in the fridge, 1702 has one of the largest tap selections of craft beer in town. Come to relax at the bar with a beer or eat a giant slice of pizza.
- Mexicali Pizza – chorizo, black olive, garlic, green chile, tomato
- Buffalo Chicken – Buffalo-tossed chicken, red onion, bacon, provolone, Gorgonzola
For more information, visit 1702az.com.
1628 E. Sixth St.
Abe’s serves a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, conveniently located just south of the stadium.
- Chicken Kabsa – baked seasoned chicken served on a bed of house rice
- Falafel – Mediterranean bean patties with fresh herbs and spices served with a side salad, hummus, pita bread
For more information, visit abesplace.today.
800 E. University Blvd., Ste. 104
Main Gate Square newbie American Mexicano focuses on Mexican eats and treats. The raspados and other sweets stand out with quality fruits. Their chips and salsa are actually great, too.
- Ammex Bean & Cheese Burro – sour cream, picante salsa, rice and chilaquiles
- Piña Loca – served as raspada, pico de gallo, or piña colada
For more information, visit americanomexicano.com.
Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea
1730 E. Speedway Blvd.
This quiet coffee shop is a popular study spot. The sandwiches and daily quiche also make it worth the walk.
- Willow Scramble – green corn tamale scrambled with two eggs, cheese, black beans; side of potatoes and salsa
- Veggie Burger – toasted poppy seed bun with lettuce, tomato, sprouts, mayo, mustard, Russian dressing, and choice of cheese or garlic tofu spread
For more information, visit bentleyscoffeehouse.com.
943 E. University Blvd.
Caffe Luce is one of the best coffee roasters to visit in the campus area. Their shaded patio is perfect for studying and light people-watching.
Keep up with Caffe Luce on Facebook.
Campus Candy & Yogurt
910 E. University Blvd.
If you’re looking for something sweet, look no further. With over 400 candies and toppings to choose from, you’ll even find obscure options such as Turkish Taffy to Piko Ollita.
For more information, visit campuscandyandyogurt.com.
China Pasta House
430 N. Park Ave.
Many of China Pasta House’s meals hover around $7.99, but some don’t even break a dollar. You can even order a variety of appetizers à la carte without reaching $8. It’s dumpling and noodle heaven for a broke college student.
- A4 Pork Steamed Buns – 10 house-made pork and cabbage soup dumplings
- F2 Braised Pork Rice – cubes of pork braised in a star anise-spiced sweet soy sauce, served with white rice
For more information, visit chinapastahousetucson.com.
Diego’s Tapas y Tequila
943 E. University Blvd. Ste. 101
Diego’s offers a variety of shareable fun dishes in a casual environment. They also serve breakfast.
- Breakfast Bowl – two cheesy eggs, diced ham, sausage patty, hash browns, salsa
- Tamarindo Pulled Pork Slider – tamarindo slaw, Barrio Bread birote
Keep up with Diego’s Tapas y Tequila on Facebook.
1800 E. Speedway Blvd.
While Dirtbag’s is wildly successful as a bar for sororities and fraternities, it’s easy to forget they have food. Their secret spice blend for their burgers and fries is the key.
- Famous “Dirtburger” – half-pound Angus patty
- French Dip – medium-rare roast beef with house-made jus on a French roll
For more information, visit dirtbagsbar.com.
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge
943 E. University Blvd.
While “Dutch” is the name, the restaurant offers plenty of non-Dutch options as well. Come for a nice brunch, comfort food, or an elegant dinner.
- Breakfast Flatbread – avocado, smoked salmon, fried egg, herbed cheese
- Kibbeling – Dutch fish & chips
For more information, visit thedutchtucson.com.
East Coast Super Subs
187 N. Park Ave.
Hidden in the neighborhood south of Sixth Street, East Coast Super Subs provides a genuine East Coast bar feel — hate for the Dallas Cowboys and all.
- Schreiner Wings – fried chicken wings in a blend of barbecue and hot sauce
- The Greasy Italian Sub – chicken parm melted on garlic bread
For more information, visit tucsoneastcoastsupersubs.com.
Espresso Art Cafe
942 E. University Blvd.
Espresso Art is a cozy place to study with a cup of coffee. They also offer hookah and a little speakeasy in the back for cocktails.
- Muay Thai – Pussers Navy Rum, house-made Swedish Punch
- Barbarossa – Sotol Siempre Mezcal, St. George Raspberry, Ancho Reyes
For more information, visit espressoartcafe.com.
The Fix, Arizona’s Mac n Chz Headquarters
943 E. University Blvd.
The Fix specializes in mac and cheese with flavors ranging from Chicken Bacon Ranch to Lobster Alfredo. Servings are generous and usually under $10.
- Dakota Cheddar Mac – bacon, buffalo sauce, hash browns, fried egg
- Steak Stroganoff Alfredo Mac – cream cheese, mozzarella, onion, steak
For more information visit thefixaz.com.
Frog & Firkin
874 E. University Blvd.
Frog’s patio makes it one of the best places to people-watch on University Boulevard.
If you’re here with a crowd, share one of their -not-technically-deep-dish-but-still-really-thick pizzas.
They also feature a beer club with prizes and almost 200 beers to choose from.
- Green Skins – potato skins with tomato, artichoke hearts, pesto, brie
- The Falcon Firkin Pizza – red sauce, grilled chicken, blue cheese crumbles, jalapeños, wing sauce
For more information, visit frogandfirkin.com.
1245 E. Second St.
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Hidden in plain sight, Fusion’z offers modern, nutritious cuisine with flavor; and everything on the menu is under $10.
- Savory Bowl – creamy basil polenta, roasted garlic black beans, avocado, roasted peppers, and a fried egg
- Panco Crusted Salmon – sesame steamed brown rice, stir-fried baby bok choy, brown sugar and pineapple soy glaze
For more information, visit fusionzcafe.com.
865 E. University Blvd.
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Gentle Ben’s features beer from Barrio Brewing Co. and a large bar food menu with Southwestern influences. The upstairs patio picks up on the weekends with nightlife.
- Reuben on Rye – Barrio Rojo braised corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, marble rye
- Pub Fried Fish Tacos – fried pollock, cabbage, pico de gallo, habanero cream; served with charro beans and Spanish rice
For more information, visit gentlebens.com.
1710 E. Speedway Blvd.
This hidden hole-in-the-wall features a range of traditional Greek dishes with modern American takes as well, such as a Greek burger and fries served with gyro meat. Anything they serve with their signature lemon sauce is highly addictive.
- Dolmathes – ground beef and lamb and rice wrapped in grape leaves; served with rice, Greek salad
- Feta Fries – lemon sauce, feta crumbles, oregano
For more information, visit azgreekhouse.com.
Jimmy’s Pita & Poke
845 E. University Blvd., Ste. 175
Pita and poke are an unintuitive combo, but Jimmy’s manages to do a good job at both. Choose from a wide variety of proteins and sauces for the custom pita or poke bowl of your dreams.
For more information, visit jimmyspitaandpoke.com.
Kababeque Indian Grill
845 E. University Blvd. Ste. 185
If you’re craving some afternoon curry
Between classes and in a hurry
Or you want to take time
With a wrap that’s sublime
Eat Kababeque and don’t worry I’m so proud of myself
- Chicken Tikka Roll – chicken kabab wrapped in fresh bread with lettuce and chef’s sauce
- Matar Paneer – homemade cheese in onion sauce, peas; served with basmati rice
For more information, visit kababeque.net.
1072 N. Campbell Ave.
Perhaps Tucson’s most popular Vietnamese restaurant, Miss Saigon has saved countless hangovers one bowl of pho at a time. But don’t forget about their spring rolls and other noodle dishes.
- 24. Miss Saigon Special Beef Noodle Soup – pho with rare beef, broiled beef slices, tendon, tripe, beef meatballs
- 59. Jasmin Rice with Grilled Pork Chops Combo – charbroiled pork chop, shrimp paste, shredded pork, jasmine rice
For more information, visit misssaigontucson.com.
870 E. University Blvd.
Another joint for prime people-watching along University Boulevard, grab a quick slice at No Anchovies. The patio has more TVs than you can shake your fist at. The menu also offers loaded tots, sandwiches, and more.
- Cordon Bleu Pizza – mozzarella, breaded chicken, ham, red onion, bacon, cheddar, blue cheese
- O.G. Loaded Tots – cheddar, bacon, green onions
For more information, visit noanchoviesaz.com.
982 E. University Blvd.
Hidden out of sight upstairs at Main Gate Square, Oriental Express offers cheap Chinese food in a divey setting.
- Singapore Noodles
- Shrimp Lo Mein
For more information, call (520) 624-5798.
1118 E. Sixth St.
When it comes to Sichuan cuisine, Panda House is the best option around the university. If you’re not adventurous enough for the Sichuan menu, even their lo mein stands out with house-made noodles. They also opened up a coffee and tea house next door.
- Szechuan Cold Noodles
- Beggar’s Chicken (off the Sichuan menu)
For more information, visit pandahousetogotucson.com.
Pelio Grill Greek Taverna & Catering
994 E. University Blvd.
While Pelio Grill offers a wide variety of Greek dishes, try one of their basmati rice bowls with proteins ranging from halloumi to lamb chops or calamari.
- Lamb Shank Platter – braised shank, spiced tomato sauce, carrots, Greek herbs & spices, feta
- Haloumi Cheese – imported Cypriot goat/sheep milk cheese slice grilled; served with lemon, tomatoes, pita
Keep up with Pelio Grill Greek Taverna & Catering on Facebook.
943 E. University Blvd.
Saigon Pho earned a following for its expansive vegetarian and vegan menu. Banh mi also makes for a satisfying, affordable on-the-go snack.
- Vegetarian Pho
- Fried Banana
Keep up with Saigon Pho on Facebook.
Scented Leaf Tea House & Lounge
943 E. University Blvd., Ste. 165
Scented Tea offers a laid back environment to enjoy tea. They offer fine loose-leaf tea for enthusiasts and also fun, unorthodox combinations such as Banana Chocolate Cake Rooibos.
For more information, visit thescentedleaf.com.
810 E. University Blvd.
Sinbad’s focuses on Mediterranean and halal cuisine. Their patio and vegetarian options are lovely; order the Foule Muddamas, a delectable combination of garlicky baked fava and garbanzo beans with lemon and olive oil.
- Arabic Shawarma – top sirloin, onions; served with hummus, rice, pita, Arabic tahini sauce
- Veggie Aarayes – mushroom, tomato, onion, green pepper, garlic paste stuffed in pita and grilled until crisp; served with hummus and pita
Keep up with Sinbad’s Restaurant on Facebook.
1830 E. Broadway Blvd.
Sushi Cho isn’t for sushi snobs, but the portions for the price make it worth the trip south of campus.
- Tempura Donburi – shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura on a bowl of rice
- Citrus Quinoa & Salmon Salad
Keep up with Sushi Cho on Facebook.
Taco Shop Co.
1350 E. Broadway Blvd.
Taco Shop is one of Tucson’s few 24-hour joints, so it might be busier at 3 a.m. than it is at lunch. Regardless, they make exceptional breakfast burritos.
- Chorizo Breakfast Burrito
- Carne Asada Burrito
Keep up with Taco Shop Co. on Instagram. For more information, call (520) 622-1899.
1031 N. Park Ave., Ste. 165
TEAholic features tea (with boba options) in a plush environment with Prince levels of purple. They also offer a small selection of rice bowls: Mongolian Beef, House Fried Rice (shrimp, chicken, & beef), and Braised Beef.
For more information, visit TEAholic.
1927 E. Speedway Blvd. Ste. 109
Teaspoon Cafe specializes in coffee and boba tea. Pastries from sister restaurant Teaspoon are available.
For more information, visit Teaspoon Cafe.
444 E. University Blvd.
Time Market is technically beyond the boundaries specified at the beginning of the article, but it’s still an easy walk.
It would be a sin to omit this foodie’s paradise — cheap large slices of pizza, a market with quality ingredients, a solid coffee and tea program, a diverse happy hour — the lists goes on and on.
Last but not least, they bake some of the best loaves of artisanal bread in Tucson.
- Merguez Pizza – house-made merguez sausage, mozzarella, red sauce, fresh fennel, mint, lemon zest
- Caprese Sandwich – baguette, arugula pesto, tomato, house-made mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil
For more information, visit timemarket.xyz.
2033 E. Speedway Blvd.
Trident Grill offers consistently solid bar food and seafood in a sports bar environment just east of campus. It’s a fun place to meet up with friends for wings or oysters.
- Maryland Style Crab Cakes – Old Bay, mustard, cracker crumb, parsley, remoulade
- Paleo Bowl – grilled chicken, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, egg, mixed greens, olive oil
For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.
Trident Pizza Pub
446 N. Campbell Ave.
A sister restaurant to Trident Grill, Trident Pizza Pub features brick-oven pizza in a sports bar environment. The pizza chef is also trained in pizza acrobatics, so don’t miss out on the show.
- Crispy Cauliflower – drizzled with buffalo sauce, ranch
- Centurion Pizza – sausage, pepperoni, ham, soppressata, red sauce, house cheese
For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.
902 E. Broadway Blvd.
A hip renovated diner, Welcome Diner is a place you can take your parents to in the morning for brunch and then come back at night with a Tinder date for some of the best cocktails in town. They also have some of the best mac and cheese in town.
- Mac and Cheese – topped with bread crumbs, fresh chives; add Andouille sausage and Brussels sprouts (+$3.50 each) if you’re smart
- Health Drink – lemon, ginger, beets, vodka, Cappelletti
For more information, visit welcomediner.net.
Wok Fire & Grill
1135 N. Park Ave.
Perfectly located for Eller students, Wok Fire & Grill offers a wide range of customizable Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Service can slow down when it’s packed, so consider ordering online.
For more information, visit wokfire.com.
845 E. University Blvd.
Although the colorful macarons will grab your eye first, don’t neglect the fabulous croissants or rugelach.
- Brie Croissant – honey, apple, arugula
- Ham and Cheese Sandwich – prosciutto, manchego, and tomato on ciabatta
For more information, visit bywoops.com.
1122 E. Sixth St.
A heat lamp buffet lunch combo isn’t usually executed well but Zing Zing’s nails it with unique non-bastardized dishes such as braised pork belly. They also feature various Sichuan and Hunan dishes.
This restaurant is for the adventurous eater.
- Xiangxi Stir-Fried Beef
- Red Oil Pig Ears
For more information, visit zingzings.com.