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El Charro

311 N. Court Ave., Tucson, AZ - (520) 622-1922
El Charro is a fortress of Arizona-Mexican foodways, from the chimichanga (which the restaurant claims was invented here) to superb carne seca and dizzying margaritas.
79% Approval Rating (39 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Carne Seca Topopo
carne seca
Chiles Rellenos with Carne Seca
Albondigas Soup
Tres Moles Enchaladas
Chile Rellenos
chili soup
Cabo Soft Taco
Mexican Pizza
Flautas Famosas
Cheese Crisp
Sangria
Tamales Dulces
"Charro Style" Taco
Tamale Trio

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"High above the patio in back of restaurant El Charro in Tucson, strips of thin-sliced tenderloin hang in an open metal cage. Suspended on ropes and pulleys, the cage sways in the breeze, wafting a perfume of lemon and garlic marinade into the fresh Arizona air. Carne ..."   [Read More]
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Anne Ritchings - Photos (6)
September 07, 2008
"Established in 1922 by Monica Flinn, El Charro is a much-loved Tucson institution. On our two visits we sampled several of the mainstays on the menu and we weren't disappointed by anything we tried. I ordered the "original" Charro-style taco, which the menu ..."   [Read More]
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Steve Godwin
May 06, 2008
"In the old days, El Charro was one of the best places to go in Tucson for Mexican food. But not any more. The Flores family has evidently partnered up with The Metro Restaurant group and sadly, the food has lost a lot of its original flavor and has become much more ..."   [Read More]
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Roxie Kellam
January 13, 2004
"We found this restaurant to be highly over rated. The service was indifferent, the food ordinary and way too expensive for it's ordinary quality. This was by far the most expensive Mexican meal that we had - and not worth it. Perhaps it was once great but it resting on ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

311 N. Court Ave., Tucson, AZ
(520) 622-1922

http://www.elcharrocafe.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Just looking at the picture of the beef taco makes me hungry for one of these all over again.
"Just looking at the picture of the beef taco makes me hungry for one of these all over again."
Anne Ritchings





El Charro's tortilla soup.
"El Charro's tortilla soup."
Michael Stern


This tamale trio was one of the best looking plates of food in recent memory.  From left to right, pork carnitas tamale, fresh corn tamale, and chicken tomatillo tamale.
"This tamale trio was one of the best looking plates of food in recent memory. From left to right, pork carnitas tamale, fresh corn tamale, and chicken tomatillo tamale."
Cliff Strutz


This delicious dried beef dish comes in a huge half-pound portion size.
"This delicious dried beef dish comes in a huge half-pound portion size."
Cliff Strutz


The albondigas soup features large meatballs, chiles, and lots of vegetables.
"The albondigas soup features large meatballs, chiles, and lots of vegetables."
Cliff Strutz


The Cabo soft tacos are delicious.  The chicken is tender, moist, and delicately flavored.
"The Cabo soft tacos are delicious. The chicken is tender, moist, and delicately flavored."
Anne Ritchings


This is part of a vibrantly colorful mural on the wall of the restaurant.
"This is part of a vibrantly colorful mural on the wall of the restaurant."
Anne Ritchings


Aside from great food, one thing that makes visiting El Charro so much fun is the fantastic sense of art and design that fill the restaurant.  Some of the art on the walls is the sort of dramatic image that also adorns El Charro's famous calendars.
"Aside from great food, one thing that makes visiting El Charro so much fun is the fantastic sense of art and design that fill the restaurant. Some of the art on the walls is the sort of dramatic image that also adorns El Charro's famous calendars."
Michael Stern


The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is found throughout El Charro.
"The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is found throughout El Charro. "Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe" is frequently shown with garlands of roses, and has become a powerful symbol of Mexican identity."
Michael Stern


These are just a few of El Charro's famous wall calendars.
"These are just a few of El Charro's famous wall calendars."
Anne Ritchings


There's no doubt that this is the place.
"There's no doubt that this is the place."
Anne Ritchings


The outdoor patio is an especially nice place to enjoy an El Charro feast.
"The outdoor patio is an especially nice place to enjoy an El Charro feast."
Michael Stern


In the evening, the outside patio is filled with tourists and locals enjoying margaritas and great Mexican-American food.
"In the evening, the outside patio is filled with tourists and locals enjoying margaritas and great Mexican-American food."
Anne Ritchings


El Charro has been a Tucson landmark since 1922.
"El Charro has been a Tucson landmark since 1922."
Michael Stern



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