This is an exceptional Mexican restaurant in a city filled with good Mexican restaurants.
One of the annoying things about Mexican food is that it generally is simply "casera" (home style), which isn't the kind of food to get all worked up about on a day to day basis. (My son, half-Anglo, half-not, usually foregoes Mexican restaurants simply because it doesn't seem like eating out to him.)
And that IS the underlying theme in Mexican food in Tucson: home style. Good home style with a few pre- and post-Gadsden Purchase eccentricities like chimichangas.
But there are other kinds of Mexican food. Just as American foods consist of such variety as bagels, pan fried chicken, green Jello salad, ratatouille, and brats, so does Mexican food consist of so much more than Northern Sonoran style dishes. (Parrilla suiza and pastes come to mind.)
I had the delight of eating my first huarache here. I have seen other good foods here for the first time, and I have known of no one who was dissatisfied with their choices.
Of course it's touristy... just like any restaurant that appeals to those who want something a bit exotic and foreign. The mariachi music is typical, all the standard songs are sung with a special off-key singer thrown in to make it authentic. All in all, worth a visit, if only to remind yourself that Tucson-style is not the only legitimate standard of Mexican food.
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