You sit at the bar under a hanging case of Scotch, listening to lyrical Spanish guitar music. Then they bring out the tacos, beautiful little things all dolled up with their chipotle marinated coleslaw, then propped up onto a throne of bended steel.

Food for kings! But this is Tucson of course, so you're not paying top dollar at Gringo Grill and Cantina ... For $4.25 you can partake in some serious gourmet roasted pork butt, cooked with guajillo chiles and then hit with a rub of coffee powder and desert sage. After four hours in the oven, it becomes carnitas, and yes, it is worth it. Even if you are just eating lunch!

Weird fact: My server Trevor apparently gets these every day for his lunch, but he puts shredded lettuce on top, tisk tisk ...

Location: 5900 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 520-887-3777

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, closed Sundays. Happy hour: 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays with 25 percent off cantina menu items, Mexican beers on tap, sangrias and the Gringo Margarita. 

Payment: accepts debit and credit

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You can find the Star's digital food writer Andi Berlin at a taqueria near you, taking tiny bites and furiously scribbling into an old notepad.