What to eat at Tucson Comic-Con 2022

Here’s the food truck lineup, some restaurants within walking distance, and favorite picks from the TC2022 organizing team.

That’s not thunder you hear. Monsoon season is over. That rumble in the distance is actually a hoard of excited nerds, stamping their way toward downtown Tucson!

Tucson Comic-Con (TCC) is finally back after two years in hiatus. Now in its 13th year, TCC is sure to be better than ever, jam-packed with celebrity guests, costume contests, games, panels, vendors, and much more.

In honor of all the Super-Nerds attending (like me) who might need some food on-hand to shove in their mouths to avoid an inopportune social interaction, here’s a look at this year’s food truck lineup, restaurants within walking distance, plus a Bonus list of the TCC2022 organizing team’s favorite local restaurants around town.

Food trucks at TCC2022 this year

You Sly Dog

(Credit: You Sly Dog on Facebook)

Next-level hot dogs with unique flavors. You can top ’em with grilled steak, ground beef, green chili, spicy sour cream sauce, crumbled tortilla chips, and more. If you’re a plant-based nerd, get the vegan version of The Baloney and thank me later.

For more information, visit youslydog.com or @youslydogtucson on Instagram.

Gigi’s Mexican Peruvian fusion

El Cubano Torta at Gigi's Mexican Peruvian Fusion (Credit: Gigi's Mexican Peruvian Fusion on Facebook)

El Cubano Torta at Gigi’s Mexican Peruvian Fusion (Credit: Gigi’s Mexican Peruvian Fusion on Facebook)

One of the most popular food trucks in the Tucson area, Gigi’s is constantly revising its menu. Fans will always find something new and delicious to enjoy, whether it’s time-honored carne asada or Latin-fusion tortas. If you’re a nerd with a sweet tooth, get the Donut Bacon Burger.

For more information, visit gigisfusion.com or Gigi’s Fusion Food Truck on Facebook.

DC Jumbie

El Fidel Cuban sandwich at DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean Food Truck (Credit: DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean Food Truck on Facebook)

El Fidel Cuban sandwich at DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean Food Truck (Credit: DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean Food Truck on Facebook)

DC Jumbie has El Fidel, which features pork slowly roasted in mojo criollo (Cuban sour orange and garlic sauce), ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, mayo, and mustard on a grill-pressed sub roll. Get that, nerd.

For more information, visit @dcjumbiefoodtruck on Instagram.

Great local restaurants within walking distance

Exo

1370 N Silverbell Rd #180

EXO Roast Co.

Photo courtesy of EXO Roast Co. on Instagram

When you’ve had your fill of pop culture, get some Tucson culture and walk south into the beautiful Barrio Santa Rosa neighborhood for a coffee at Exo. Nestled inside a historic 1885 adobe home, Exo offers delicious roasts, friendly staff, baked bites that make you feel warm inside, and a cute little patio. You’ll fit right in. Everyone there is a different flavor of nerd.

For more information, visit or @exoroastco on Instagram.

Meyer Ave Cafe

353 S Meyer Ave, Tucson

Lil Dutch Babies at Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile

Enjoy some breakfast yummies at Meyer Avenue Cafe while sitting in The Coronet’s gorgeous restaurant and outdoor patio. We love this place so much, we recently wrote a three-part series about it. The Lil Dutch Babies (shown above) are for fancy nerds.

For more information, visit meyeravenuecafe.com or @meyeravenuecafe on Instagram.

Five Points Market & Restaurant

756 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Smoked Beet Sandwich at 5 Points Market & Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Smoked Beet Sandwich at 5 Points Market & Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you continue walking south down Meyer Ave (or Convent) and hang a left on 18th, you’ll arrive at Five Points Market & Restaurant. If you’re with a fellow nerd, tell your friend to get the Huevos Rancheros and you order the Smoked Beet Sandwich (shown above). Both of you should order a Toffee, Chocolate Chip & Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookie (if any are left that day).

For more information, visit 5pointstucson.com.

The Delta

135 S 6th Ave

The Delta

Photo courtesy of Isaac Rodman on Facebook

If downtown is more your thing, head to The Delta for southern-style dishes inspired by Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana. Get the Cast Iron Cornbread (with fermented candied pecan honey butter) and a Bougie Donut. What nerd doesn’t love cornbread and donuts?

For more information, visit thedeltatucson.com or @thedeltatucson on Instagram.

Owls Club

236S Scott Ave

Owl's Club

Photo courtesy of Owls Club

Grab a drink after TCC2022 at nearby Owl’s Club, a dark and elegant bar in an old funeral home. Their Old Fashioned is just $5 at Happy Hour (5pm – 7pm). Expect to belly up to the bar next to a D&D nerd.

For more information, visit owlsclubwest.com or @owlsclubwest on Instagram.

The TCC2022 organizing team’s favorite local restaurants

Maru Japanese Noodles

1370 N Silverbell Rd #180

Assorted food at Maru Japanese Noodle Shop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted food at Maru Japanese Noodle Shop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Maru features a wide variety of ramen, udon, and curry rice dishes along with a selection of ready-made snacks such as onigiri for on-the-go eating. Nerds should get a double order of the Kara Age Curry – ideal for rapid mouth-stuffing.

For more information, visit marunoodle.com or @marujapanesenoodle on Instagram.

El Minute Cafe

354 S Main Ave

Tomato, Onion, Green Chile Cheese Crisp at El Minuto Cafe

Tomato, Onion, Green Chile Cheese Crisp at El Minuto (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Just across the street from the convention center El Minuto, a mexican restaurant loved by locals for over 80 years. Nerd out on the Hot Chile Rellenos or take it easy with the dependable Tomato, Onion, Green Chile Cheese Crisp (shown above).

For more information, visit elminutotucson.com or @elminutocafe on Instagram.

Rollies

4573 S 12th Ave

Photo courtesy of Rollies

Photo courtesy of Rollies

Muy popular Mexican cuisine with a modern feel. Get the Potato Rolled Tacos with Rojo Suace. Nerd.

For more information, visit rolliestucson.com or @rolliestucson on Instagram.

Decibel Coffee

267 South Avenida del Convento #9

Decibel Coffee Works

Photo courtesy of Decibel Coffee Works

Carnivorous nerds are required to order the Barbecue Pulled-Pork Sandwich with blueberry espresso barbecue sauce and Granny Smith apples. The pork is prepared with a spice rub and smoked in-house for nine hours. And do you see that sauce dripping out of the sandwich? That’s Decibel’s very own espresso mixed in with the blueberry to create the barbecue sauce.

For more information, visit decibelcoffeeworks.com or @decibelcoffeeworks on Instagram.

Rocco’s Chicago Pizza

2707 E Broadway Blvd

Pizza Apson at Rocco's

Pizza Apson at Rocco’s (Photo courtesy of Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria on Facebook)

Take your LARP group to Rocco’s, stuff your faces with whatever the pizza of the month is, and feel free to be a little loud.

For more information, visit roccoslittlechicago.com or @tucsonpizza on Twitter.

Into TCGs?

Come say hi! I’ll be hanging around exhibitor space #207 with Ambr Grading, a TCG card grading company based right here in Tucson.

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