Yesterday, we left Tucson and are currently heading east towards Atlanta. We plan on making a slow trek back. Our daughter is due to have our first grandchild soon and we would love to be there for that.
It was an unplanned exit, as we had intended on staying in Tucson until April 1. Unfortunately, our job there did not work out. I will go into it more at a later date. Things are too fresh right now and Dave and I are planning on decompressing a bit as we head back across the country.
In the meantime, I would love to share with you a few of the local secrets of Tucson. We truly loved the area, and will go back one day. Arizona was home to us.
Unique Local Food of Tucson
As with most southwestern towns, Tucson has a large abundance of Mexican restaurants. We tried as many as we could while we were in the area. All were good and each had their own unique flair.
Guadalajara Restaurant offered the unique aspect of making your salsa for you at your table. Not only was it fun to watch, but your salsa was made to our own specifications.
Want it extra hot? No problem!
We loved the mariachi band, the festive atmosphere and of course the food!
Our coworkers, Rob and Connie from Circle Pines, spend their winters in Tucson. They told us not to miss the Sonoran Hotdogs. In fact, they made a point to take us out to their favorite place to get them.
The best thing about work camping is making lifelong friends.
So, what is a Sonoran hotdog?
It starts with a hotdog wrapped in bacon and grilled until it’s crispy. It is then stuffed into a hand made split-top roll called a bolillo (pronouced boh-lee-yoh). It is topped with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, grilled and raw onions, mayonnaise, mustard and jalapeño salsa.
It is literally heaven in a bun.
El Güero Canelo, is perhaps the most famous maker of Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson. Seriously, if you are in the Tucson area, don’t miss out on Sonoran Hotdogs!
Want pizza? Grimaldi’s is a great place for just that. Huge is the word. And tasty too.
And finally, we need to get dessert, right?
Raspados is the Mexican version of “scraped ice” or snow cones. They are made with layers of shaved ice, homemade syrups, fruits, candies , ice cream, and sweetened condensed milk. While standard flavors like strawberry, banana, plum and pineapple are popular, there are also exotic combinations such as the chamoyada with lime, tamarind candy and spicy chamoy sauce.
Don’t leave Tucson without trying one. They are amazing!
Sentinel Peak (Also known as “A Mountain”)
From downtown Tucson, you can see the big white “A” on Sentinel Peak located just southwest of the city. The A is a 160 ft. tall structure made from basalt rock, constructed in the early 1900’s by students from the University of Arizona.
The secret is that you can actually drive up this mountain, see the A up close and personal and look down at amazing views of downtown Tucson!
The perfect time to check this view out is either a sunrise or a sunset. Since we don’t love getting up early, we hit it one evening during an amazing sunset.
Touching the A is considered good luck. So naturally, we did.
And then we enjoyed the sunset over Tucson. Sentinel Peak was surprisingly busy for the sunset viewing. Apparently, this is not such a secret after all…