When I asked the concierge at our hotel for a good Mexican restaurant in town, she immediately recommended El Charro Cafe with 5 locations in Tucson. We went to the Ventana location. My husband and I sat outside in the shade in the bar area, but they had lots of seating in the air-conditioned inside, too. For adults, their specialty is the Carne Seca Plate which is a dried meat dish. It tasted salty to begin with and I couldn’t imagine why it was such a big deal, until we added the squeeze of lime. It was an unusual flavor and unlike anything I’ve ever had in Southern California. Their menu is extensive with pretty much any Mexican entree you can dream up: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, flautas, and tamales.
We ate at the restaurant without the kids, but consulted the kids menu to see what they offered. The kids meals were priced at $3.95 and included a soft drink or juice. They were served with rice, beans, or fruit. They can modify the Kids Beef Taco, the Ground Beef Nachos, and the Cheese Quesadilla to be gluten free.