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Hidden Gems from the locals
Arizona Bacon Fest Celebrate Tucson’s annual Bacon Day at the Arizona Bacon Fest, where an all-inclusive pass allows you to sample beer and bacon from 40 breweries and 40 restaurants.
Tucson Michelada Challenge Local bartenders compete annually for the title of best michelada in Tucson. A michelada is a popular Arizona drink that Billy Elliott describes as a bloody mary made with beer instead of vodka. Yum!
All Souls Procession Weekend An inclusive, creative, annual event centering on a two-mile parade celebrating life and mourning the passing of loved ones.
Second Saturday An outdoor, downtown festival that takes place, as the name would suggest, every second Saturday of the month. Includes live music, local cuisine, shopping, and, according to Valaree Elliott, exceptional people watching.
Eat Like a Local
Elliot’s on Congress Includes unique features like Tucson’s largest selection of infused vodka, a variety of affordable duck dishes, and award-winning desserts personally made by co-owner Valaree Elliott. elliottsoncongress.com
Daisy Mae’s An affordable, Southwestern steakhouse with an outdoor grill where, according to Billy Elliott, you’ll eat the best ribs of your life. daisymaessteakhouse.com
Bobo’s A local favorite hole-in-the-wall diner known for their country breakfast and huge portions. bobostucson.com
Tucson… Don’t Let the Heat Scare You
When Billy and Valaree Elliott moved to Tucson, AZ, in 1999 for their freshman year at the University of Arizona, they didn’t expect to stay in town a day past graduation. Seventeen years, two children, and one successful family restaurant later, the Elliott’s are officially here to stay. They have grown to love the 110 degree summers and necessity to put hot sauce on everything.
When they’re not running their four-year old downtown restaurant, Elliott’s on Congress, they’re riding the Tucson Streetcar to sporting events at their alma mater, catching a concert at the Rialto Theater, or enjoying the daily 5:30 p.m. complimentary tequila toast at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, which includes the telling of the legend of Arriba, Abajo.