Local Mexican Eatery Wins National Award

Tucson’s El Güero Canelo recently earned the respected James Beard Award, which recognizes pioneers in gourmet food. That means the restaurant's bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog just received the highest honor in American gastronomy.

Honorees were chosen by a committee of food industry experts, writers, restaurant critics, and more. To qualify, restaurants must be locally owned  and in operation for at least a decade. El Güero Canelo began as a South 12th Avenue taco stand in 1993. It has since expanded to three restaurants across Tucson, as well as a meat market and a location in West Phoenix.

The award is the latest accolade for Tucson, which was named a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy in 2015. Meanwhile, the New York Times recently featured an article about UNESCO, and it included comments from Brent DeRaad, president and chief executive officer of Visit Tucson.

Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.