17 January, 2022, 11:41

Sonoran Restaurant Week returns September 10-19

The Visit Tucson sponsored event returns for a third year with an added entertainment component and new non-profit partner.

Sonoran Restaurant Week: A Celebration of Tucson City of Gastronomy returns for its third year on September 10-19, 2021. Sponsored by Visit Tucson and produced by Storyteller PR & Events, Sonoran Restaurant Week will feature restaurants that locals and visitors alike can savor over the 10-day event. More than 45 local restaurants, 16 of which are certified by the Tucson City of Gastronomy, will be participating in this year’s event with each restaurant creating a $25 or $35 prix fixe menu for diners to enjoy. Guests can visit their favorite restaurants or discover new places — all while supporting mostly small, local businesses.

“This year is all about celebrating what’s at the core of dining out — enjoying good food with the people you love,” says Sonoran Restaurant Week co-creator, Laura Reese. “As it becomes safer to regather, we have expanded the scope of Sonoran Restaurant Week to champion not just local restaurants but products and farms as well. Southern Arizona’s 4000-year-old food history exists because communities linked arms to farm, cook, and eat together. We want to support this history by not only highlighting delicious local food but also by supporting food security and advocacy in our community.”

With Southern Arizona’s food history in mind, Sonoran Restaurant Week selected San Xavier Co-Op Farm as its non-profit partner in 2021. Run by members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, this community farm nurtures traditional desert cultivars. The San Xavier Co-Op Farm is committed to healthy farming practices, growing traditional crops that support cultural and environmental values, and supporting economic development within the community. It utilizes aspects of Tohono O’odham Himdag — or Way of Life — to ensure that the farm’s decisions are consistent with the culture, highlighting: Respect for Land, Sacredness of Water, Respect for Elders, Respect for Animals, and Respect for Plants.

“Using food to cultivate and strengthen community has always been a priority for us,” says Katie Hilbert, Marketing and Sales Coordinator for San Xavier Co-Op Farm. “With the farm recovering from the effects of COVID and unprecedented drought, we look forward to partnering with Sonoran Restaurant Week to increase awareness of indigenous crops and the appreciation of native peoples’ essential role in Southern Arizona’s culinary heritage.”

Churro Dreams at Charro Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Plans for this year’s event have grown beyond just the prix fixe menus at participating restaurants and will introduce entertainment and special events such as a special pop-up bar featuring regional beverages and a VIP Launch Party catered by and supporting San Xavier Co-Op Farm. Information about other events and entertainment for Sonoran Restaurant Week will be forthcoming. The growth of this year’s event is possible because of sponsors like Visit Tucson, Desert Diamond Casinos, Arizona Lotus Corp’s suite of local radio stations, and Tucson City of Gastronomy.

“Sonoran Restaurant Week has become a keystone event in the Visit Tucson calendar and highlights some of the best food that Tucson has to offer,” says Brent DeRaad, President and CEO at Visit Tucson. “Our hope is that it will continue to help solidify Tucson’s reputation as a food destination, bringing not only locals, but also out-of-town visitors to our restaurants and city.”

Sonoran Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants

Click on any name below to be taken to the restaurant’s website.

Barrio Brewing

800 E 16th St

Barrio Charro

3699 N Campbell Ave

Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano

5655 W Valencia Rd

Blue Willow

2616 N Campbell Ave

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

2905 E Skyline Dr

BOCA Tacos Y Tequila

533 N 4th Ave

Bottega Michelangelo

420 W Magee Rd

Charro Steak & Del Rey

188 E Broadway Blvd

Charro Vida

7109 N Oracle Rd

Commoner & Co

6960 E Sunrise Dr
Little Gem Salad at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Little Gem Salad at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Culinary Dropout

2543 E Grant Rd

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E Congress

Diamond Café at Desert Diamond

7350 S Nogales Hwy

El Charro Cafe

311 N Court Ave

El Mezquite Grill & Taqueria

280 S Church Ave


3719 E Speedway Blvd

Flora’s Market Run

2513 E 6th St

Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria

3011 E Speedway Blvd

Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E Prince Rd

HUB Restaurant & Creamery

266 E Congress St

La Botana Tacos

3200 N 1st Ave

Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant

2041 S Craycroft Rd
Eggs Provençal at Ghini's French Cafe in Tucson

Eggs Provençal at Ghini’s French Cafe (Photo by David Fox)

Maynards Market & Kitchen

400 N Toole Ave

North Italia

2995 E Skyline Dr

Penca Restaurante

50 E Broadway Blvd

Prep & Pastry

2660 N Campbell Ave

Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

4340 N Campbell Ave

PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol

5655 W Valencia Rd

Renee’s Tucson

7065 E Tanque Verde Rd

Rollies Mexican Patio

4573 S 12th Ave

Saguaro Corners

3750 S Old Spanish Trail

Photo courtesy of Rollies

Tacos Apson

3501 S 12th Ave / 6741 N Thornydale Rd #121

Taco Fish

4841 S 12th Ave

Taste of Agave at Desert Diamond

1100 W Pima Mine Rd

Ten55 Brewing Company

110 E Congress St

The Barnyard Crafthouse & Eatery

11011 E Tanque Verde Rd

The Blacktop Grill

8300 N Thornydale Rd Suite 120
Interior at the Coronet

Interior at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Coronet

198 W Cushing St

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

943 E University Blvd

The Little One

151 N Stone Ave

The Red Light Lounge at The Downtown Clifton

485 S Stone Ave

Tino’s Pizza

6610 E Tanque Verde Rd

Tito & Pep

4122 E Speedway Blvd
Assorted food and drink from Tito & Pep during happy hour (Credit: Jenn Teufel Schoenberger)

Assorted food and drink from Tito & Pep during happy hour (Credit: Jenn Teufel Schoenberger)

Tucson Tamale

7159 E Tanque Verde Rd / 7286 N Oracle Rd


7037 N Oracle Rd


1865 E River Rd / 6390 E Grant Rd

Zio Peppe

6502 E Tanque Verde Rd

Learn more about Sonoran Restaurant Week at sonoranrestaurantweek.com.

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