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The Essential Foodie Guide to Marana

Updated May 20, 2024

Famous for its unique blend of traditional Southwestern fare and innovative foodie experiences, Marana is a paradise for every kind of gastronomy. From laid-back cafes serving locally roasted coffee and artisanal pastries, vibrant bars boasting the finest craft beers and cocktails, to upscale restaurants offering exquisite dining experiences, our guide covers it all.

Marana’s dining scene is as diverse as its stunning landscapes, and we’re here to help you navigate it. Whether you’re a local looking to explore new dining options, a food connoisseur seeking the next unforgettable meal, or a traveler hungry for authentic local flavors, our guide has something for you. We’ve done the legwork to highlight the best places to eat and drink in Marana, providing you with in-depth reviews, photos, and insider tips.

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Alejandro Serious Mexican, Mariscos, & Fusion Food

Alejandro’s is where it’s at if you’re craving some serious Mexican food. Run by the Diaz family, they serve up all your favorites like enchiladas and tacos. But the real magic happens when they mix in a bit of Asian flair, creating a fusion that’ll knock your socks off.

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Asian Spice (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Asian Spice

If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, Asian Spice is your jam. The chef, Phillip Tan, used to cook at a luxury hotel in Hong Kong, so you know he knows his stuff. From Chinese food that feels like home to exotic Singaporean noodles and Vietnamese dishes, this place is a treasure trove of Asian flavors​.

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Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches

Baggin’s has been a local fave since ’84, and for good reason. They make all their sandwiches with fresh, in-house baked and sliced meats. And if you’re too busy to stop by, they deliver. Plus, every sandwich comes with a cute little chocolate chip cookie – how cool is that?

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Catalina Cafe

Catalina Cafe, formerly Baja Cafe — a local favorite breakfast place with huge pancakes, benedicts, waffles, French toast, huevos rancheros, cocktails great for breakfast or brunch, and other classic breakfast favorites.

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Bisbee Breakfast Club on Ina

At Bisbee Breakfast Club, you’re in for a hearty start to your day. From mouth-watering breakfast scrambles and fluffy 3-egg omelettes to enormous pancakes and a variety of South of the Border favorites, this place has got all your breakfast and brunch cravings covered.

"Crusher" Mexican-style lager at Button Brew House (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Button Brew House

Button Brew House is a microbrewery that beer enthusiasts will absolutely love. With an extensive selection of craft beers made from locally-sourced ingredients, you’re guaranteed to find something that hits the spot — several of their brews capture the truly unique flavors of the Sonoran Desert.

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Caps & Corks

A chill spot where you can enjoy a wide range of craft beers and wines in a super comfy setting. They’ve got beer and wine flowing from taps all over the country, but they really love their Arizona brews.

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Casa Marana

This neighborhood bar has got something for everyone. They’ve got 25 beer taps and 10 wine taps that keep rotating, an amazing list of spirits, and some creative cocktails. And let’s not forget the American Whiskey and authentic Neapolitan Pizza!

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Catalina Brewing Company

If you love craft beers and biking, this is the place for you. This small craft brewery has a variety of beers made from local materials, all with a nod to the awesome outdoor spirit of the Arizona Southwest. You’re going to love the biking theme and the genuine feel of the place​.

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Cayton’s Restaurant

Nestled within The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Cayton’s Restaurant serves rustic and refined cuisine rooted in Southern Tradition. Amid the casually elegant ambiance of the clubhouse restaurant, patrons can enjoy signature entrées and an extensive selection of regional craft beers.

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Circle S Saloon

Slightly off the beaten path, the Circle S Saloon offers a worthwhile experience for those seeking a casual setting with good food and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy a beer, savor wings or burgers, and partake in some fun on the dance floor or at the pool table.

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Copper Café

Located on the first floor of the Marana Main Health Center, MHC Healthcare’s Copper Cafe offers tasty treats, specialty coffee drinks, and healthy breakfast and lunch meals. In addition to providing patrons with delicious food and beverages, the Copper Cafe also serves as a training site for MHC Healthcare’s Work Adjustment Program.

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Copper Creek Cookies

At Copper Creek, they’re all about cookies and comfort food. You can grab everything from frosted cookies to cookie bouquets, perfect for any occasion. Also, don’t miss out on their signature Sunrise Calzolis – it’s a hearty breakfast wrapped up in bread!

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CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar

Nestled in The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, CORE’s all about American cuisine with a local twist. They’ve got a menu packed with sustainable dishes from local growers, paired with a huge wine list. Even cooler? They’ve got their own citrus orchard for fresh morning drinks. Check out their wine tastings on Tuesdays and Fridays, too!

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Espresso Latte at Crema Coffee (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Crema Coffee

Crema Coffee is a cozy, family-owned spot where the coffee is king. Owners Aaron and Amy are all about creating a fun, friendly place to enjoy a great cup of joe. They’re all about learning, too, offering lots of chances to dive into the world of coffee. Best of all, they’re super connected to the local community, making it a real neighborhood gem​!

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Crying Onion Cafe

This is the place to be if you love a good, hearty breakfast or brunch. Serving up everything from pancakes and omelets to chicken fried steak and specialty hamburgers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Oh, and did I mention their blueberry pancakes, French toasts, and biscuits? Trust us, you won’t be able to resist.

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Davison Meats

Imagine a family who’ve been ranching beef since ’88, and you’ve got the Davisons. Their Marana butcher shop is a local legend, offering up everything from fresh hand-cut steaks to homemade sausages. Plus, they sell wholesale to restaurants and businesses, so you know their stuff is top-notch. If you’re after quality meats that won’t break the bank, Davison Meats is your place.

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Dominick’s Real Italian

If you’re living on the northwest side of town and craving some casual Italian goodness, look no further than Dominick’s Real Italian. Actually, it doesn’t matter which side of town you call home; the restaurant is a treasure trove of traditional Italian cuisine including pizza and comfort foods like pasta and chicken parmesan.

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Donut Wheel

If you’re a donut lover, then you’ve gotta check out Donut Wheel. This family-run joint has been serving up the best donuts in Tucson for 20 years, and they’re not slowing down. Whether you’re into classic donuts, cake donuts, or other sweet pastries, they’ve got you covered.

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Dove M Chinese Bistro

This place is a total foodie paradise, with their own handcrafted beer and a menu that’s just out of this world. Chef Roberto Villarreal is always whipping up something special with the freshest local ingredients. You can’t miss their “Special Rice Noodles” loaded with all kinds of meat and veggies, or the “Sizzling Combination” that’s a tasty mix of shrimp, chicken, beef, and veggies.

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Dove Mountain Brewing Company

Grab a craft brew while munching on jumbo wings slathered in prickly pear BBQ sauce or biting into a boss craft burger. Their seasonal menu even includes sweets like their flourless chocolate torte with citrus chantilly… don’t miss it!

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Eegee’s – Thornydale

Known for their frosty ‘eegee’ fruit treats and towering sandwiches, Eegee’s is a refreshing stop that won’t leave you hungry. They’ve even got chicken meals for non-sandwich folks.

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El Molinito

Serving a wide range of authentic Mexican dishes, El Molinito is a must-visit. Don’t miss out on their Asada Special, Pollo en Chile Colorado, or their weekend Menudo. And remember, their margaritas are the talk of the town​.

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Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks

This place is all about bringing the taste of Philadelphia right to Arizona. They’ve got mouthwatering cheesesteaks, tasty hoagies, and hot dogs that’ll have you coming back for more. The vibe is super casual, just like your favorite neighborhood joint.

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German Food Station

A menu stacked with all kinds of bratwursts – classic, spicy paprika, even one made with real Warsteiner Beer! And if you’re up for a different kind of sandwich, their Bavarian style meatloaf is a must-try. Wash it all down with a cold drink, and you’re all set for a great German meal!

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Growler’s Taphouse

A haven for beer enthusiasts and foodies alike. They offer a variety of dishes that cater to diverse taste buds, from their unique appetizers like shishito peppers grilled with lemon and garlic, to their mouth-watering desserts such as light sponge cake drizzled with a rum glaze.

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Guadalajara’s Grill & Tequila Bar

These guys take the flavors from Guadalajara, Mexico to create some serious magic in the kitchen — everything from Steak Ranchero to Baja Tacos, with veggie and gluten-free options to boot. The best part? They’ll whip up salsa and fajitas right at your table. Oh, and their bar offers over 100 kinds of tequila!

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Home Plate Marana

Home Plate Marana is basically a sports lover’s dream. It’s all decked out in baseball gear and the menu matches the theme – they’ve got categories like “Starting Line Up” and “Hall of Famers”. It’s all classic American grub like wings, burgers, pizza, and salads, and the prices won’t break the bank. Plus they’ve got batting cages – talk about a home run!

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Ignite – The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Some real good American Southwestern grub, right here. You’ll find stuff like mouth-watering tacos, hearty Caesar salads, and pork sandwiches that hit the spot just right. And hey, they’ve even got gluten-free and vegan options too. Their menu of wines, whiskeys, and margaritas ain’t half bad either.

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Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant

Jade Garden is where it’s at if you’re hankering for some legit Chinese food in Marana. You can chow down on awesome dishes like crabs, fried prawns, and Mongolian beef. Their spicy beef is a taste explosion, and the Mongolian beef on crispy rice noodles? Forget about it. Or, rather, don’t!

Jimmy's Pita & Poke on River & Orange Grove (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Jimmy’s Pita & Poke – River

This is the spot for fresh and tasty eats. They’re all about Poke Bowls, Hot Rice Bowls, Salads, and Pita Sandwiches. They’ve got you covered whether you’re on a low-carb plan, gluten-free, or vegan diet. It’s fast, it’s fresh, and it’s perfect for a yummy meal on the go

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La Carreta Del Rorro

La Carreta Del Rorro isn’t just any food truck – it’s a local legend! They’re famous for their amazing Sonoran hotdogs and all the classic handhelds – tacos, burritos, caramelos, you name it. And the best part? Their colorful seating area is super comfy, perfect for chillin’ while you chow down on a quick bite

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La Olla Mexican Cafe

A super cool, family-run spot that dishes up some seriously tasty Sonoran-style Mexican food. If you’re a fan of tortilla soup, carnitas, and salsa & chips, you’ve gotta try this place. They mix up some really good margaritas and and have some dang good desserts, so it’s perfect for a fun night out!

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La Parrilla Suiza

Definitely a must-visit if you’re in the mood for some authentic Mexican City cuisine. We’re talking tacos, meat, and cheese dishes all cooked on charcoal or grilled. It’s a different vibe from the northern Mexican food you might be used to, but in a really good way.

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Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse

Li’l Abner’s is all about U.S.D.A. Certified Choice Meats over an all mesquite wood grill – talk about flavor! They offer all you can eat sides like Ranch Style Beans, Abner’s Salsa, Garlic Toast, and you can choose between Corn on the Cob or Baked Potato. And the best part? They’ve got live country music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Linh Nam

Enter through a Chinese carved gateway into a cool vibe with a lot of red and black decor — that’s Linh Nam. Their menu is full of classic Chinese dishes, and the Mongolian Beef and Sweet and Sour Pork get thumbs up from us. Oh, and all meals come with soup, an egg roll, a fried wonton, and rice!

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Lucky Wishbone

This cozy diner specializes in fried chicken and shrimp baskets, accompanied by their in-house bread and thick-cut steak fries. It’s got this old-school, homey vibe going on and they’ve been at it for decades, so you know they’re doing something right.

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Lucky’s Boba Tea

If you’re after some epic boba teas and smoothies to beat the desert heat, you’re in LUCK… Get it? Lucky’s all about getting creative here, with loads of tea options, milks, sweeteners, and all the boba and jellies you could wish for.

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Lucky’s Chicago Sandwiches

At Luke’s , they’re serving up some serious Chicago eats right in the heart of Marana. If you’ve got a hankering for a legit Italian beef sandwich or a classic Chicago dog packed with toppings, this is the place. They’re all about keeping it authentic – we’re talking poppy seed buns and everything!

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Luna Cafe

The menu includes breakfast staples like huevos rancheros, chilaquilesClassic Egg Sandwich, and then the Classic Breakfast plate that includes two eggs, your choice of two strips of bacon or sausage links, and then served with potatoes and your choice of toast (move over, Denny’s, there’s a new Grand Slam in town — minus the pancakes).

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Main Street Grocery

Main Street Grocery is more than just a convenience store – it’s a neighborhood gem that has all your grocery needs and then some. They’re stocked with fresh produce, local brands, and even some international goodies. It makes shopping feel less like a chore and more like a quick visit with friends!

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Mantis Gourmet Chinese Food

Mantis has reopened too far away from the original location — right across the street, actually, at 8295 N. Cortaro Rd. #125. This suite formerly housed Nico’s Tacos. The prior location closed because the neighboring dental office had plans to knock down the dividing wall to expand.

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Shrimp Culichi at Mariscos Chihuahua (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Mariscos Chihuahua – Ina

The spot to hit when you’re in the mood for some super seafood, served Mexican style. They whip up mouth-watering dishes like ceviche, shrimp cocktail, and fish tacos that are totally drool-worthy. It’s a relaxed, no-fuss joint where the food does all the talking.

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Mona’s Fry Bread

These folks are dishing out some seriously good Native American cuisine. The star of the show is their fry bread – fluffy, golden, and perfect with both sweet and savory toppings. It’s a rad spot if you’re looking for something a bit different but totally delicious!

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Nana’s Kitchen

Nana’s Kitchen is like a warm hug in the form of delicious, homemade Mexican cuisine. This cozy spot serves up everything from tamales to enchiladas, all packed with flavor and made with love. It’s the kind of place that makes you feel like part of the family the moment you walk in.

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R&R Pizza Express

R&R Pizza Express is all about fast, friendly service and wickedly tasty pizza. From classic pepperoni to loaded veggie pies, they’ve got your pizza cravings covered. It’s a casual spot that delivers big on flavor, making it a must for anyone seeking some serious pizza action.

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Reds Tacos

Reds Tacos opened in April 2024 at the Tucson Premium Outlets and has been a hit! With family recipes and years of experience cooking at other restaurants, the team is ready to take your order. The name may sound familiar to some folks because they also operate a food truck that’s often parked at Danny’s on Fort Lowell Road.

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Jack Of All Trades Burger from Serial Grillers in Marana (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Serial Grillers – Marana

The go-to spot when you’re craving some seriously good grilled food. Think juicy burgers, loaded hot dogs, and epic sandwiches, all packed with flavor and grilled to perfection. It’s laid-back, it’s fun, and it’s the kind of place that makes you feel right at home.

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Sky Rider Cafe

The perfect pit-stop for some top-notch java. They’re serving up a range of artisanal coffees, from your classic espresso to inventive specialty drinks, all paired with scrumptious pastries and sandwiches. It’s a chill spot where the coffee’s always fresh, and the atmosphere is too.

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Spice Garden Indian Cuisine

If you’re up for a flavor-packed journey, Spice Garden Indian Cuisine is your ticket to an authentic Indian food experience right here in Marana. Their menu is a vibrant mix of traditional dishes like butter chicken, biryani, and dosas. It’s a relaxed spot where the spices are hot and the welcome is warm.

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Sushi Cortaro Japanese Cuisine

This is where you’ll find some of the freshest, most creative sushi in town. They’ve got all the classics, plus some inventive rolls that are as delicious as they are beautiful. It’s a quality restaurant that’s all about high-quality ingredients and the art of sushi — most certainly on our list, that’s for sure!

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Tacos Apson

A foodie paradise for taco enthusiasts. Serving up an amazing variety of tacos loaded with perfectly seasoned meats, fresh salsas, and all the right toppings, it’s hard to beat. It’s a relaxed, no-frills spot where the tacos are king and each bite is a fiesta of flavors.

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Taqueria Plaza’s

Over at Taqueria Plaza’s, they’re serving up authentic Mexican food that’s packed with flavor. From their mouthwatering tacos to their hearty burritos, everything is made with fresh ingredients and lots of love. Feels like eating at a friend’s kitchen — it’s that good!

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Tio Ben’s Mexican Grill

The brand-new restaurant opened in the former High 5 Grille at 3682 W. Orange Grove Rd. — right next door to the Crying Onion Cafe. Margaritas, shrimp cocktails, enchiladas, and more! The Mexican restaurant is a perfect fit in the area.

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Vegan Options at The Blacktop Grill (photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

The Blacktop Grill

The Blacktop grill does comfort food a little different. The menu, which includes decadent hot dogs and quesadillas, is described as a Sonoran experience with a twist. The restaurant specializes in combining authentic meals and innovative flavors — worth the stop!

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The Highlands Bar & Grille

The Highlands Bar & Grille is the perfect chill-out spot with an awesome clubhouse vibe. They pride themselves on top-notch customer service, solid New American food, and a super relaxing environment. Plus, their menu is carefully crafted and always changing to keep you coming back for more!

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The Pasta Shop

Hey, if you’re into DIY and Italian grub, this is your kinda place. The owners spent a decade dreaming up this place. It’s got all your Italian faves, but the cool part is that you get to build your own pasta bowl with their homemade sauces. They also whip up sandwiches and salads if you’re not in a pasta mood.

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The Screamery

So, this is Arizona’s first ice cream store that actually pasteurizes its own grass-fed dairy. Pretty cool, right? They’re all about that small-batch life, and they only use natural ingredients. It’s like the craft beer of ice cream joints!

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The Station Pub & Grill

This place is a real deal, locally owned and all. They’re serving up some serious grade “A” prime beef and Angus burgers, plus plenty more tasty dishes. Bonus, you can catch the game on their TVs while you eat or just chill out on their spacious patio. It’s like your buddy’s backyard barbecue, but better​.

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Tumbleweed Lounge

This place is a fun, local dive bar where you can kick back and relax. They serve up ice-cold beer and a variety of dishes including hearty pizzas and meats. The staff is super friendly, and the vibe is cozy, making it a great spot to unwind after a long day​.

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Twin Peaks Pizzeria

This isn’t just another pizza joint – it’s a labor of love from the locals. They’re serving up hand-stretched pizzas, fresh salads, and satisfying sandwiches, all made with quality ingredients. Whether you’re craving a slice or a whole pie, you’ll find it here.

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Fettucine Alfredo at Vero Amore (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Vero Amore – Dove Mountain

Talk about the real deal in Italian cuisine! Vero Amore, which translates to “true love” in Italian, is Arizona’s first VPN certified pizzeria. But their menu doesn’t stop at pizza – they’ve got a full line-up of classic Italian dishes that’ll have you saying “delizioso” in no time!

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