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Tucson named best 'under-the-radar' food city in America

Tucson named best 'under-the-radar' food city in America

The Wine Enthusiast article recommended the "quaint brasserie" The Coronet as a destination spot. 

Knock knock, who's there? Yet another national publication singling out Tucson as a great place to eat. 

This time we're in a list of five "oft-overlooked locales" that prove "top-tier dining isn't just limited to New York and Los Angeles anymore." A recent Wine Enthusiast article places Tucson at the top, above the "sophisticated eats" of Madison, Wisconsin and the "thriving bar-bites scene" in Baltimore. 

The article does start off by saying that Tucson was "once a desert for great eats," but it's hard to get too mad about it. Because today, "Tucson blooms with enough unique restaurants to justify a food-focused trip." 

The piece goes on to recommend the "hipster hangout" 5 Points Market & Restaurant, the "fancy brunch" at The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol, the "quaint brasserie" The Coronet, and "affordable" 47 Scott and Tap & Bottle for dinner. 

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But that's not all ...

Also this week, the Tucson bar scene made the pages of Phoenix New Times, Draft Magazine and even Food & Wine.

• Phoenix New Times writer Shelby Moore did a deep dive into our bar scene with his "5 Best Places to Drink Cocktails in Tucson." It included the "playful creations" at Obon Sushi, the "tightly manicured" cocktail list at Sidecar, whiskey mules at Batch, crazy fun drinks at Tough Luck Club, and a cocktail list with "hit after hit" at Penca

• Draft Magazine included Tap & Bottle in its list of "America's 100 Best Beer Bars." (Due out next month.) The article praises the "chalkboard menus, exposed beams and raw brick walls" that mark the "650-bottle strong cooler section" and the "21 tap lineup" in the bar. 

• And finally for the Fourth of July, Food & Wine Magazine featured a special plate at Tucson Tamale that contains a red, a white, and a blue tamale. (The tamales are made with red chile masa, white corn masa and blue corn masa.) Check out the whole slideshow 9 Over-The-Top 4th of July Dishes to Devour at Food & Wine's website. 

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

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