Family-owned Mexican restaurants are no rarity these days, but this one dates back to 1922, and thus earns the distinction as the oldest in the nation still operated by the founding family. Diners thus find such traditional favorites as albondigas (Mexican meatball soup); salsa made with chiltepin, the wild native chili of southern Arizona; red-chili beef tamales; and enchiladas in tomatillo mole. You’ll also find more-inventive modern recipes, such as seared salmon in adobo (dark red chili) sauce. El Charro has five locales, each a bit different, but all cozy, with traditional Mexican styling, such as wrought-iron decorations, sombreros and paintings of Old Mexico. The original, downtown, is situated in the city’s historic El Presidio district, at the heart of the city.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Friday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM
- Feature: Business Friendly;Child Friendly
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- Takeout Available: Yes