El Charro Cafe

Tucson, Arizona

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They don't have vegan food! Their guacamole has cheese in it. If you're vegan you will have to special order something and hope that the waitstaff is knowledgeable about veganism. It really isn't worth the hassle; you're better off going to someplace like La Indita. Also, I overheard one of the managers yelling at the waitstaff for giving my waitress change so that she could give us change! It was ridiculous. At least one of the managers there is a horrible human being. I don't know about you, but I'd rather support places that treat their workers well.


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They also have a vegan bean and rice bowl which is not on the menu but the waitstaff know about it. It has rice, whole beans, lots of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, squash, peppers), avocado slices and pico. It is yummy!


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El Charro is not the best place to get vegan Mexican food in town, but it's pretty good. There are several choices available, more if you simply leave off the cheese on a few other items. I've gotten the vegan Topopo salad and it was huge, tasty, and beautifully presented. If you're looking for a nicer place to feed veg and non-veg AND have a few margaritas, El Charro is a good choice. If you don't care about ambiance or alcohol, give La Indita or Tania's a shot!


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El Charro can best be thought of as an option of last resort for vegetarians and vegan. I went there with some friends who are meat-eaters. When I asked which were the vegan options, the choices were either a salad or a chimichanga made specially by the chef. I chose the chimi. It contained vegetables and whole beans (not refried beans because my server told me they were not vegan).

The chimichanga was delicious. The waitstaff were very helpful. I was very grateful to the chef for making such a nice meal for me, and I'm giving the restaurant two stars to recognize their great service. However, my goal here is to give El Charro's a rating that reflects its suitability for vegetarians and vegans. It's true that there would have been more options if I were a lacto-vegetarian. However, given the limited choices for vegans, I really can't give it more than two stars (and it really only just squeaks that second star because the staff were so resourceful).

I would certainly go back there in a pinch, but my first choice for veggie-friendly Mexican food in Tucson is La Indita on 4th Avenue.


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There are only a few vegan options but how often do you see the word vegan on the menu of a Mexican restaurant. Quality and service are always great. I've been going there for years. Each location has a different look and vibe, so try a few. They don't use lard. Most times the waiters don't understand the vegan food rules but I ask them to speak with the chef and he/she understands. So, it is vegan friendly but you have to go through some minor hoops. Usually I get a Topopo salad or a whole wheat burro have it filled with grilled vegetables, plain rice and whole beans. I think there are a few more options for vegans. There are tons of options for vegetarians. Whole beans and white rice are vegan. Chips have their own fryer. Salsas are great. Margaritas even better.

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