Alejandro’s Cafe

31 N. Scott Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
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(520) 623-3277
  • Monday
    7:30 am - 3 pm
  • Tuesday
    7:30 am - 3 pm
  • Wednesday
    7:30 am - 3 pm
  • Thursday
    7:30 am - 3 pm
  • Friday
    7:30 am - 3 pm
  • Saturday
    Closed
  • Sunday
    Closed
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Under a blue awning on downtown’s North Scott Street sits Alejandro’s Cafe, a casual Mexican eatery specializing in Jaliscan cuisine. Known for cheap, filling lunch specials, Alejandro’s also serves breakfast from 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. on weekdays and is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Alejandro’s lunch specials, priced at a bargain $5.99 for an entrée, rice and beans, rotate daily. Top picks include Monday’s chicken fajitas and Tuesday’s burro with a choice of chicken, red chile with beef, or green chile with beef. Items off the specials menu are also affordable, ranging from $4 for a bean and cheese burro to $6.99 for a chile relleno and a ground beef taco. Lesser known but no less worthy is the cocido soup, a traditional Mexican dish made with generous hunks of potato, corn, zucchini, and beef.

Breakfast standouts include eggs scrambled with chorizo, machaca and eggs, chilaquiles, and refried beans. The burro breakfast specials, like the lunch specials, rotate daily. They cost $3.50 a plate, and come with a complimentary coffee if you dine in.

Wren Awry is a journalist, essayist, and poet who--when they aren't writing about, making or eating food--studies folklore and fairy tales.