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El Guero Canelo

#96 of 1,604 Restaurants in Tucson
#105 of 1,779 Places to Eat in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, American, Hot Dogs
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5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 295-9005
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food

2nd time to Az and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into a Sonoran dog. This time I was able to share the experience with my daughter and mom. Yummy food, and great "fixins" bar. Be sure you try the fresh pico de Gallo and the guac.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Joanna A
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Portland, Oregon, United States
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

2nd time to Az and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into a Sonoran dog. This time I was able to share the experience with my daughter and mom. Yummy food, and great "fixins" bar. Be sure you try the fresh pico de Gallo and the guac.

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Prince George, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We tried this restaurant again while back in Tucson after five years. I actually enjoyed the hot dog much better this time. Most of the ingredients on the hot dog, I would never consider adding ordinarily (mayo, beans, bacon, tomatoes), but once you know what to expect, the combination of flavors is amazing! We branched out and tried the carne... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Although we came to El Guero Canelo to try the Sonoran Hot Dog (as featured on Man vs. Food), my husband and I were very impressed by the carne asada torta and carne asada burro. The hot dog was just ok in my opinion; I was expecting to be blown away and it just didn't do it for me. We... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I believe they are the originators of the Sonoran dog in Tucson and they do it right. Reasonably priced, quick service, and tasty food. Great quick stop.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Saw this place on the travel channel's "Man vs Food". It was actually very good, I'm from the east coast so there aren't many places that have these types of options. I had a regular bacon wrapped dog with the beans. It was delicious!!

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Ate here tonight for dinner. Great visit! I have eaten here before and have never been let down! Whether you get a burrito or the Sonoran dogs, you will leave here impressed! The only advice I can offer is not to take the bottles of soda home, they are sent back to Mexico for refilling and the staff will stop... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Food is low quality, no seasoning, and full of pinto beans. If I want beans in my carmello, I'll come here (I don't). Basically any street vendor in Tucson can beat this place on both price and quality.

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Gilbert, AZ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

After reading reviews on here and other websites we thought we'd give it a try while visiting Tucson this weekend. We live up in Phoenix, so we are no stranger to Mexican food. I was really expecting great food and was very disappointed. When you walk in you order and then sit down to wait for your food. The guy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Love this place, nothing fancy about it just great Mexican food, tried the burrito and the Sonora hotdog, had here lunch and didn't have to wait to much for the food and prices are ok

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I thought this was great! I liked the sense that it's very much a local's spot and it hasn't been gentrified or gussied up for tourists. Easy to find, parked right in front and liked the casual eating area (basically, metal picnic tables). Of course, I had the Sonoran hot dog which I really liked (wrapping bacon around a hot... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?