Tamale at Tumerico (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

Tumerico is #1 on Yelp’s list of Top 100 Places to Eat in 2024


January 23, 2024
By Matt Sterner

The Yelpers have spoken and Tumerico has taken the #1 spot on Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in 2024.” And, we’re not talking about just locally — this list includes 100 restaurants from all over the U.S.

This year, Yelp’s data science team made the list by using the data generated from community submissions. From there, they narrowed down the list with “the expertise of our community managers and Trend Expert to curate a list as quirky, interesting and unique as the Yelp Community itself.”

Tumerico, which is owned by Wendy Garcia, who was also recognized as a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in 2023, is no stranger to Yelp’s recognition — they were listed at #8 last year.

“When I opened Tumerico, I wanted people to try traditional Mexican food, but vegetarian and vegan,” Garcia told Yelp. “It’s all about those recipes I made with mom, dad, and grandma—tamales, chilaquiles, enchiladas, barbacoa — whatever Mexican dish you can think of, we can make [a vegetarian version] at Tumerico.”

Tumerico is located at 2526 E. Sixth St. and 402 E. Fourth Ave. For more information, visit tumerico.com.

Ranked #39 out of 100
Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Oh, and that’s not all! Other Tucson restaurants are in the spotlight on this year’s list as well like Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe. The local spot on First Avenue was also recognized last year and in 2024 they came in at #39 out of 100.

“Tucson has found a new star! Love their little touch of a sprinkle of alegria on every dish they bring out. No detail is ignored here. Unreal. Everything is made from scratch and it shows,” said Yelp user, Russell B.

Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe is located at 2530 N. First Ave. For more information, follow Buendia on Facebook

Ranked #50 out of 100
Shelby Benedict at Baja Cafe (Photo credit: Isaac Stockton)

Baja Cafe is also getting some love this year, coming in hot at #50 on the list. Baja’s casual yet creative flair has been recognized before on a national level. They’ve been featured on Canada Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here!, and the restaurant made an appearance on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food.

For more information, visit bajacafetucson.com.

Ranked #68 out of 100
Tacos at La Chaiteria (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Wendy Garcia is on a roll in 2024! This is Garcia’s other restaurant concept found on the west side, serving popular dishes like Al Pastor Tacos, Huevos Rancheros, Cuban Tacos (with jackfruit carnitas), and Vegan Ropa Vieja.

La Chaiteria is located at 1002 W. Congress St. For more information, visit lachaiteria.com.

To check out the full “Top 100 Restaurants” list, visit yelp.com.

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