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In 2015 Tucson became a World City of Gastronomy thanks to UNESCO. The official designation confirmed what Tucsonans already knew: that the city knows how to feed its people and the city's people love to eat. After all, Tucson’s agricultural history stretches back 4,000 years, the longest of any city in North America. Because of its unique positioning just 60 miles north of the US/Mexico border, the area features an abundance of Mexican fare, but it also celebrates the diversity of residents, who hail from all over the world and shape not only the culinary scene but the variety of things to do around town as well. In addition to the variety of flavors, gastronomical purveyors are committed to buying their ingredients from local producers and celebrating local foods on their menus with items like prickly pear iced tea and nopales fries—and you should make a point of tasting them all. Without further ado, here are the best restaurants in Tucson.