Your guide to 34 bars & restaurants on Fourth Avenue

A comprehensive list of food choices on Fourth, from bar food to ethnic cuisine.

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

Of course, it offers a large variety of food options, too.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat but can’t decide what you’re in the mood for, Fourth Avenue is overflowing with choices. You’ll find classics — like sandwiches and burgers — in addition to ethnic cuisines such as Greek, Italian, Latin, and Mexican.

So, whether you’re a meat-seeking carnivore, a vegetarian, or a vegan, we’ve got you covered.

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

4th Avenue Delicatessen 

425 N. Fourth 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 Delicatessen can dine in, take out, or cater to a party. The deli is iconic for their sandwiches and hot dogs.

In previous years, the deli celebrated Independence Day with a Hot Dog Shoot-Out — an annual hot dog eating contest.

Favorite Items: 

  • 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. Fourth 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

ATL Wings

802 N. Fourth Ave.

 

The Chandler-based traditional wings spot offers some of the crunchiest in town. Out of the flavors we’ve tried so far, Spicy ATL dry rub is by far the favorite.

For more information, call (520) 207-1771 or visit atlwings.com.

B-Line

621 N. Fourth Ave.

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 Co.

B-Line Favorites:

  • Fish Tacos – Mahi Mahi soft tacos on corn tortillas with avocado, cabbage, and cheese, served with rice and beans
  • Veggie Burrito – 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. Fourth Ave.

There’s no question that Bison Witches Bar & Deli is a 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.

The Blind Tiger

628 N Fourth Ave.
Carne asada fries from the Blind Tiger (Credit: The Blind Tiger)

Carne asada fries from the Blind Tiger (Photo courtesy of the Blind Tiger)

This addition to the Fourth Avenue food scene opened after a successful experience at Tucson’s 2018 Winter Street Fair.

The separate, larger “secret” bar in the patio at the back of the building is still in the works but promises to feature a mix of classic and modern cocktails.

Scratch-made Menu Highlights:

  • Carne Asada Fries – marinated steak, Oaxaca cheese, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, creme, creme verde, French fries
  • Green Chile Burger – 1/3-pound patty, jack cheese, roasted poblano pepper, pickled red onion, shredded lettuce, tomato, toasted brioche bun, served with French fries
  • Wings ($7 for 6, $13.50 for 12) – barbecue, buffalo, or teriyaki
  • Tamarindo Martini – Tito’s vodka, tamarind nectar, tamarind syrup, Tajin rim

For more information, visit blindtigeraz.com.

BOCA Tacos y Tequila

533 N. Fourth 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 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.

The Boxyard

238 N. Fourth Ave.
The Boxyard Food Options (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

The Boxyard Food Options (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

The Fourth Avenue shipping container development opened its bar in 2019.

Four restaurant options are now available there: Percheron Mexican GrillBXQ (Bronx BBQ), Indian Twist, and Nhu Lan Vietnamese Food.

Keep up with The Boxyard on Facebook.

Brooklyn Pizza Company

534 N. Fourth 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 pie, daily happy hour, pasta and wings, gelato and Italian ice. Guests can pick up, dine in, or have pizza (or beer and wine) delivered.

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. Fourth 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. The real gem is their hidden patio with seating in a garden of trees.

Must-Try Items:

  • Bagel De Lox– Nova Scotia smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onions, capers, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and basil
  • Nutty Irish latte – With hazelnut and Irish cream

Keep up with Cafe Passé on Facebook.

Caruso’s Italian Restaurant

434 N. Fourth 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
  • Shrimp and Scallops Alfredo – Shrimp and scallops in Alfredo sauce and mushrooms

For more information, visit Caruso’s Italian Restaurant

Desert Dream Ice Creamery

210 N. Fourth Ave.
Ice cream cones at Desert Dream Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ice cream cones at Desert Dream Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This new ice creamery features simple flavors beautifully executed. Make sure to try the banana and gingersnap flavors when available.

Keep up with Desert Dream Ice Creamery on Instagram.

The Drunken Chicken

429 N. Fourth 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)

The Drunken Chicken keeps it simple with a small quirky menu. Chicken and beer-battered waffles star with the rotating dips and maple syrups.

Highlighted Items:

  • The Beast – a bacon-wrapped chicken strip deep-fried in waffle batter
  • Fried Deviled Egg — four deep-fried deviled eggs served with house-made aioli
  • Chicken & Waffle Bites — chicken “nuggs’ fried to order, then deep fried in waffle batter

For more information, visit The Drunken Chicken.

Epic Cafe

745 N. Fourth Ave.

Family-owned since 1994, Epic Cafe not only serves coffee, but pastries, salads, and sandwiches too. Epic Cafe also grows vegetables in their garden and makes their own compost.

Epic Cafe Favorites:

  • Hummus & Veggie 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. Fourth Ave.
Mac 'N Cheese at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mac ‘N Cheese 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,” lettuce, tomato, and mayo
  • All Day Fish ‘n Chips – Served with tartar and fries
  • Mac ‘n Cheese — Smoked Gouda mornay, panko herb crust (add bacon and kimchi for a taste evolution)

For more information, visit Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

Food Conspiracy Co-op

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

(Credit: Food Conspiracy Co-Op)

Food Conspiracy Co-op isn’t a typical restaurant. First and foremost, it’s a grocery store and has been offering natural foods and ingredients since 1971. There is also a hot and cold bar for lunch and dinner.

Past Favorites:

  • Tempeh BLT
  • Breakfast Burrito
  • Vegetarian Enchilada

For more information, visit Food Conspiracy Co-Op

Irene’s Donuts

340 N. Fourth Ave.
Doughnuts from Holy Donuts on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Doughnuts from Holy Donuts on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Hawaii-based doughnut shop Irene’s Donuts offers over 200 donut flavors that rotate every other day in addition to other Hawaiian foods.

Highlights:

  • Malasadas
  • Spam & Eggs Musubi

Keep up with Irene’s Holy Donuts Tucson on Instagram.

La Indita

622 N. Fourth Ave.

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 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 cacao, 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. Fourth 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 cheesesteaks, chicken sandwiches, and vegetarian options.

Favorite Burgers:

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

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

Magpies Gourmet Pizza

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

(Credit: Magpies Gourmet Pizza)

At Magpies, guests can build a pizza or choose from the menu, but the pizza joint also offers calzones, subs, and salads. Plus, the restaurant offers complimentary popcorn as you wait for your entrée. 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, yellow squash, 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

557 N. Fourth 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
  • Veggie Molé Burro

For more information, visit martinscomida.com

Mission Coffee Imports

606 N. Fourth Ave.

This new coffee shop features freshly roasted coffee. Stay tuned for an article.

For more information, visit missioncoffeeimports.com.

O’MALLEYS BAR AND GRILL

247 N. FOURTH AVE.
(Credit: O'Malleys Bar and Grill)

(Credit: O’Malleys Bar and Grill)

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

Highlighted Items:

  • Turkey Club — Sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, guacamole, on asiago bread
  • Blackened Bacon Burger — Cajun seasoned patty, bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, & onion

For more information, visit omalleysonfourthtucson.com.

TallBoys

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

Breakfast Poke at TallBoys (Credit: Jackie Tran)

TallBoys call themselves “breakfast AF” with eggs, tots, and other breakfast-inspired items available daily from 9 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

Keep up with TallBoys on Facebook.

Tumerico

402 E. Fourth St.
Sweet potato pancakes at Tumerico (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sweet potato pancakes at Tumerico (Credit: Jackie Tran)

In addition to the original location at 2526 E. Sixth St., a second Tumerico location opened on the southeast corner of North Fourth Avenue and East Fourth Street in 2019.

There is music and yoga in addition to their delightful rotating plant-based Mexican menu.

Keep up with Tumerico on Facebook.

Bars & Nightclubs:

Che’s Lounge

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

(Credit: Che’s Lounge)

For over 16 years, Che’s Lounge has firmly anchored itself as the premier 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 Hut

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

(Credit: The Hut)

With tropical drinks and live music, The Hut Tucson 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 Tucson

IBT’s Bar + Food

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

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IBT’s is equal parts dancing, drinks, and if you’re lucky, drag. They have a bar menu — offering burgers, quesadillas, tacos, sandwiches, and more — and their karaoke and events are updated online.

For more information, visit IBT’s Bar + Food

Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar

513 N. Fourth 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.

The Libertine

402 E. Ninth St.

 

While other bars on Fourth Avenue focus on casual pub fare and comfort foods to supplement the drinks, The Libertine is a touch more sophisticated. And if you’re curious about the building, it is located in what was once the Coronado Hotel, built in 1928.

Highlighted items:

  • Duck Bacon BLT Sliders – Hawaiian bun, mayo, roast tomato, pickle slice, romaine
  • Meat & Cheese Platter – salami, coppa, aged cheddar, blue cheese, artichoke hearts, dried fruit, pickles, crackers, cucumber obliques, rainbow radish slices, grapes
  • Gin Tussle — Gin, Swedish Punsch, Orgeat, Lemon

For more information, visit libertinetucson.com.

The Shanty

401 E. Ninth St.
The Shanty on Fourth Avenue in Tucson

(Credit: The Shanty)

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

536 N. Fourth 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, calzones, and pastries in the morning.

For more information, visit Sky Bar.

Surly Wench Pub

424 N. Fourth 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 shows every month, Surly Wench is an important stop on Fourth Avenue.

For more information, visit Surly Wench Pub.

Other Favorites:

Chocolate Iguana on 4th

431 N. Fourth Avenue

Chocolate Iguana is a cafe meets sweets shop. Along with pastries, sandwiches, and coffee, Chocolate Iguana features unique gifts and greeting cards. You’ll want to snag a spot to sit outside on a cool day.

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.

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