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El Charro

311 N. Court Ave., Tucson, AZ - (520) 622-1922
Posted By Anne Ritchings on 9/7/2008 3:53:00 PM
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 describes as "a legend filled with passion and opinion. 85 years ago, there was only one way to truly make a taco: form a ground beef patty, fold it in a tortilla and fry it in a pan. This is how to do tacos, and if you want a taste of history, give 'em a try." History never tasted so good!

My dining companion ordered the Cabo soft taco with grilled chicken, which she loved. On our second visit we had the flautas Famosas and the El Charro carne seco and chile relleno. Interestingly, they make their chile rellenos with Anaheim chilies. These don't have nearly the flavor of the New Mexican green chile, which is exactly the same chile. Apparently, it really does make a difference where the plant is grown. Still, it was a tasty dish, one I would happily order again.

For dessert we shared the pumpkin tamale. What a fantastically rich, decadent dessert.

I would happily return to El Charro.







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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Tamales Dulces
Flautas Famosas
Cabo Soft Taco
"Charro Style" Taco
Chiles Rellenos with Carne Seca
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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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