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5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 295-9005
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Ranked #40 of 1,709 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Cerritos, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We found this place on the Road Food website. We were the only tourists in the place. You order at the counter and they bring out your food. Husband had a Sonoran dog that he loved. I had a carne asada taco that was wonderful - different form other places with good flavor. There were an assortment of condiments, including... More 

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you have never tried one you have to have a Sonoran hotdog! get it just the way it comes and add a little cheese. Be careful; of the roasted pepper served alongside if you don't like spicy because they will light you up! Wednesdays special is two hotdogs and a drink for $6.99 and it is worth every penny.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I'm not sure if they deliver but I'd drive there anyhow !!! The food was simple YET very delicious !! I had their signature Sonoran Hot Dog called the Sammy !!!! It was so great & the restaurant defiantly has a VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN VIBE !! It was like I was eating in Mexico without crossing the border or worrying... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Not a fancy place, grew up from a hot dog stand. Step right up and order some of the most deliciously simple Sonoran treats. Huge relish table where you can dress up your burritos, tacos etc with some of the very best roasted chilis, salsas and veggies. Top it off with a cold sweet Mexican pop and you will be... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

While El Guero Canelo (which means cinnamon blonde ) is famous for their dogs, their menu of other Mexican dishes is memorable. For those unfamiliar with the Sonora Dogs they are a hot dog wrapped in bacon with many toppings. I understand that the bun is made in a bakery in Mexico and is delicious, a little sweet and a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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178 reviews 178 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Like a lot of people I gained interest in eating a Sonoran Dog by watching Man Vs Food. I finally got the chance last weekend while in Tucson. First of all the restaurant is not located in the best area of Tucson, kinda sketchy! That didn't bother me too much. Most of Tucson is sketchy and is hard to tell... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Love the Sonoran hot dog. It is not like any hot dog you get away from Tucson. Other Mexican dishes are terrific and they provide a wonderful condiments bar for all the fixings and grilled peppers and green onions.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I was staying in a hotel near the airport and found this to be the closest Mexican food joint with decent reviews. I'm really glad that I stumbled on this place. I had the asada tacos and they were excellent (and really inexpensive). I'm told that I should have ordered a Sonoran hot dog.

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cleveland, ohio, u.s.a.
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I'd read many rave reviews of the Sonoran hot dog, so I had to see how it compared to my all-time favorite chili cheese dog (which I've tried around the world). Short answer: pretty well. At first bite I was a little disappointed: with plenty of bun and condiments, the bacon-wrapped hot dog's flavor didn't stand out. Adjusting my expectations... More 

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

Went here with family. It definitely has a casual family atmosphere. Order and then sit at tables and get food when they call your number. Not a lot of choices, but very good meat and chicken tacos. Not fancy. We would return.

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Address: 5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone Number: (520) 295-9005
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
Cuisine: Mexican

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