We may not know much about Tucson but we know a thing or two about great Tex-Mex food! Between TripAdvisor and Yelp we averaged one of the top-rated restaurants and gave it a try after a grueling hike and before a long overdue viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Review sites can't be entirely trusted, BUT, this place earned its high rating -- it was phenomenal with a capital YUM. Guadalajara Original Grill: YUM!! The service left a little to be desired in terms of speed and attention but really, with table-side salsa and guac, who really cares?!
We sat next to a large Mexican family. They were related to the mariachi band, we think, because they sang and clapped and laughed together the way they would have at Sunday dinner. There was so much joy emanating from that table it was ridiculous. And they played with their soul -- even in the middle of a popular and very crowded restaurant -- so inspired that Stef got teary-eyed; margaritas so authentic that Jon vowed he'd never had one better. We almost missed Star Wars which we'd been clamoring to see since the year began, that's how much we were enjoying ourselves. Too long in DC with crappy options; too long of a day; whatever. It was too good. We've been hatching a route back through Tucson just to eat there again but it's not likely going to happen this year. A very delicious stop along the road.