Look closely underneath that lettuce and you'll see the biggest animal in North America. Yeah that's it, the little strips of beefy-looking meat in the sticky brown marinade.

As far as I know, buffalo meat tacos aren't really found south of the border. Or even south of Tangerine Road, for that matter. (I actually looked up "tacos de bufalo" on Google and all I found were images of pool cues.) But American bison meat is a low-fat choice for gourmet burgers, and here it is on the menu one of Tucson's finest resort destinations, the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain.

Sample some at the resort's patio grill Ignite, while snacking on complimentary olives and staring out onto a sweeping desert scene. The tacos look so dainty tucked into their steel holder, but they're quite substantial really. The highlight is that chewy flour tortilla, fresh like a bite of newly-risen bread dough. With all its sweetness and spice, the marinade reminded me of Korean barbecue, but it was actually a combination of maple syrup, sage, garlic and more. 

You can just buy one as I did, or get the plate for $18. Either way, you still get the view. 

Weird fact: This was by far the least I've ever spent at the Ritz-Carlton! I was there an hour and only spent $7.44 with tax and tip. Cheapest staycation ever ...   

Location: 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana

Phone: 520-572-3000

Hours: 11:30 to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week (bar hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) 

Payment: accepts debit and credit cards

Contact Andi Berlin at aberlin@tucson.com. On Twitter: @AndiBerlin

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.