graphicWith over 37.8 million square feet of retail space, four regional malls, and countless stores standing alone and in strip malls, shoppers have no problem locating in Tucson exactly what their hearts desire. Plus, with annual retail sales of over $8.9 billion, merchants of all sizes and sorts are lining up for their piece of the pie.

One of the best finds in Tucson is Western art. Special, locally found treasures are Native American pottery, jewelry, and rugs, as well as Mexican furniture and folk art. Source: Greater Tucson Economic Council

Various Mexican restaurantes around Tucson claim to have invented the chimichanga, a sumptuous tortilla stuffed with meat and beans that is then deep-fried. Eaters, however, won’t care where the chimichanga came from, but will definitely want to make sure one or more are headed for their stomachs! Another local specialty fostered by Tucson’s dry, warm climate, is carne seca, or dried beef. Marinated beef is dried, shredded and then cooked with savory spices, onions, garlic, and tomatoes. After that, it’s tucked into tortillas and disappears from the plate. And diners shouldn’t miss green corn tamales, or tamales de elote, which come available in early fall when fresh green corn is at its most delicious.

graphicBut while Tucson can boast of serving the best Mexican food around, the city is full of a wide variety of dining opportunities from great Western steakhouses to ethnic cuisine to the most decadent chili dogs anyone could ask for.

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