Did you know that Pennington Creative hasn’t always been located in the heart of downtown Tucson? We’ve set up shop in a few different areas of the city, but none has rivaled the wonderful variety of delicious and delightful culinary options our current location offers. When we need a break from cooking up custom web content, we can rely on downtown Tucson to cook up some great lunch options. Whether you are visiting from afar or simply wishing to explore more of what this vibrant community has to offer, be sure to stop by some of our favorite restaurants listed below!

REILLY Craft Pizza and Drink

We’ll start off this restaurant tour with our downstairs neighbor, REILLY Craft Pizza and Drink! In addition to offering unique artisan pizzas, REILLY also provides a great selection of appetizers—we recommend the truffle fries and the Brussels sprouts. You’ll also find an extensive menu of cocktails here, and if you’re in the mood to sample a few craft beers, be sure to visit the beer garden out back.

Cafe Poca Cosa

We can’t recommend any specific dishes at Cafe Poca Cosa… because the menu changes twice every day! No matter what dishes are being served when you visit, you’re guaranteed to get a taste of fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine. If you simply can’t choose, consider getting our team’s most-ordered option: the Plato Poca Cosa. This dish features portions of three different entrees—these are always a surprise, and the best part is that no two people at your table will end up with the same combination! Cafe Poca Cosa also offers a variety of delicious margaritas that can be ordered by the pitcher, as well as a menu of exquisite desserts.

Cup Cafe

The Hotel Congress is one of the landmarks of downtown Tucson, and features a wonderful hidden gem inside: Cup Cafe. We recommend visiting at lunchtime, when you can order from both the breakfast and lunch menus. Some favorites of the Pennington Creative team include the cast iron baked eggs, the chickpea lettuce wraps, and the depot salad. Don’t forget to check out the unique cocktail menu, and if you happen to visit Cup Cafe for brunch on the weekend, be sure to take advantage of the Bloody Mary Bar.


This little restaurant is easy to miss when you’re walking by, but should definitely be on your list of must-visits in downtown Tucson. The menu at Penca is full of traditional Mexican dishes that pack a powerful punch of flavor. If you are looking for a small bite, consider getting one or two tacos—you can choose from unique options like potato, prickly pear cactus, and braised turkey. For something a little more filling, we recommend ordering a torta or a tazon.

Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches

If you are looking for a great delivery option for lunch, you can’t go wrong with Baggin’s. This Tucson institution offers hearty sandwiches and filling bread bowl salads that are sure to please the palates of everyone in your party. The best part? Every sandwich order is accompanied by a chocolate chip cookie!

After you have filled up at one of these great restaurants, you’ll be energized and ready to get back to work. The good news is that you can take web content off your plate by partnering with Pennington Creative. Whether you need search engine optimized service pages, eye-catching blog graphics, or a comprehensive eBook, we’re ready to help. To find out more about our content marketing services in Tucson, contact us today.

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Shannon Roberts

Digital Marketing Operations, Content Services