This vegan dish is anything but dull: it’s served with slow cooked peppers, onions, cactus, organic roasted corn salsa, and avocado. Don’t miss the chili and cocoa roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and greens sauté. $16
722 N. Stone Ave. TheTastefulKitchen.com
Blue Willow’s blackened salmon was a close contender, but for a lighter lunch that’ll hold you until dinner, try this a salad piled high with seasonal apples, goat cheese, and spiced pecans on organic mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette. $10.50
2616 N. Campbell Ave. BlueWillowTucson.com
Nothing says simple comfort like this classic combination. Calabazitas, green corn tamale, beans, and tortilla come together in delicious harmony. $10.95.
2005 E. Broadway Blvd. leruasfinemexicanfoods.com
Even after all these years, Kingfisher is still Tucson’s spot for seafood. This one is the stack of the town. The sea bass comes atop golden beet-sweet onion salad, fingerlings, and red Swiss chard, finished with lemon-basil aioli. $24.
2564 E. Grant Road KingfisherTucson.com