By Kevin Lankes


Davis-Monthan AFB has some of the best food options around. You’re really lucking out if you get stationed here on base, because nearby Tucson is a major city with every kind of cuisine you could want readily available. From American fare, to Italian, to Mexican, you’ll find all the usual staples and then some. There are specialty options too, for those of you who live a vegan lifestyle or are just looking for better, cleaner food that’s on the healthier side of things. Whatever you’re looking for though, you can be sure that nearby Tucson is going to have it. Know what you’re hungry for? Click the links below to go straight to the information. Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, it is best to confirm hours for the restaurants at Davis-Monthan AFB and the surrounding areas before you go. (1-8) Davis-Monthan AFB Main Exchange Restaurants (9-11) Italian Restaurants near Davis-Monthan AFB (12-14) Mexican Restaurants near Davis-Monthan AFB (15-17) American Restaurants near Davis-Monthan AFB (18-19) Thai Restaurants near Davis-Monthan AFB (20-21) Japanese Restaurants near Davis-Monthan AFB (22) Tucson Weekly #1 Vietnamese Restaurant - 11 Years in a Row! (23-25) Healthy Eats near Davis-Monthan AFB

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Davis-Monthan AFB Restaurants

Davis-Monthan AFB Exchange


5405 E. Granite Street, Bldg 2527, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707


1 (520) 748-7887 There are 7 food options in the main exchange food court area, and one in building 2521.

Food Court

1. Charleys


: 1 (520) 747-2728
2. Popeyes


1 (520) 747-2728
3. QDOBA Mexican Eats


1 (520) 747-2728
4. Starbucks


1 (520) 747-2728
5. Subway


1 (520) 747-2728
6. Freshens Fresh Food Studio


1 (520) 747-2728
7. Papa John’s


1 (520) 526-7807 Bldg 2521
8. Burger King


1 (520) 475-2878

Restaurants Near Davis-Monthan AFB

Italian Cuisine Near Davis-Monthan AFB

Italian Cuisine

9. Posto Sano Foods

6370 N Campbell Ave., Suite # 160, Tucson, AZ 85718


1 (520) 638-6182 Posto Sano Foods is a solid Italian restaurant on the north side of Tucson with a good number of options to choose from. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is a pleasant curation of sleek and no-frills modern materials. Their food is healthy and delicious. The chicken meatballs are to die for.

10. Vivace Restaurant

6440 N Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85718


1 (520) 795-7221 Vivace Restaurant is a pricier option, but the cost is justified by the step-up in the caliber food and service. The menu is a bit upscale, with offerings like escargot, seafood-stuffed portabella, and linguini with salmon. The main entrees are truly impressive and include crab-stuffed chicken breast, veal marsala, and New Zealand salmon and rock shrimp. But there’s plenty to choose from here, and it's a great place to bring someone you’re trying to impress.

11. Fresco Pizzeria and Pastaria

3011 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716


1 (520) 881-5555 Fresco Pizzeria and Pastaria is a more down-to-earth Italian place serving basic pizza and pasta dishes. They have salads, garlic bread, wings, stuffed shells, lasagna, and more. The calzones they offer are four cheese, florentine and cheese, and ham and sausage. They also have hot and cold subs, and, of course, a huge variety of pizzas. Mexican Cuisine Near Davis-Monthan AFB

Mexican Cuisine

12. El Güero Canelo Restaurant

5802 E 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711


1 (520) 790-6000 El Güero Canelo is a casual dine-in or takes out Mexican restaurant in Tucson, just north of base. They also offer weekly specials and catering for large groups or events. They’re a no-frills kind of place, serving hot dogs alongside tacos and flan.

13. Taqueria El Rapido

301 W 29th St., Tucson, AZ 85713


1 (520) 551-0613 This taqueria is extremely well rated by the community. Inexpensive and delicious, they take care of their customers and let their food speak for itself. Come by for traditional tacos, tortas, chicharron, and much more. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

14. Maico Restaurant

835 E 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85713


1 (520) 294-2836 Maico Restaurant is a well-rounded Mexican restaurant that’s known for its tamales. The place itself is on the smaller side, but it has real charm, and the ambiance will suit you and anyone you bring with you. They use fresh ingredients to serve up their delicious and authentic dishes. Come by for great prices and their wide selection of tacos, tortas, tostadas, breakfast burritos, and more. American Cuisine Near Davis-Monthan AFB

American Cuisine

15. Five Points Market and Restaurant

756 S Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701


1 (520) 623-3888 Five Points Market and Restaurant serves American cafe-style brunch. They have all the classics, and some with new twists. They also serve espresso to perk you up and start your day, at whatever time that may be. There’s a full bakery here with amazing flavor combinations that will leave you stunned. And the restaurant is only one part of the full market where you can shop all of their natural and locally sourced products, including a line of natural wines.

16. Bread & Butter Cafe

4231 E 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711


1 (520) 327-0004 Bread & Butter Cafe is a homestyle restaurant serving comfort food at reasonable prices. Come by for the hot sandwiches or the liver and onions. They also serve platters and soups. If you’re interested in a quick bite and don’t need anything fancy, this is the place for you.

17. HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

266 E Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701


1 (520) 207-8201 HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery serve American classics like mac and cheese and burgers, along with sandwiches, greens, and brunch. They’re known for their homemade ice cream that you can eat on the patio while listening to the live DJ set. They have a vast list of flavors, including lavender and Mexican wedding cookies. Thai Cuisine Near Davis-Monthan AFB

Thai Cuisine

18. Lemongrass Restaurant

344 N 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705


1 (520) 274-7131 Lemongrass Restaurant serves authentic Thai and Nepalese cuisine. The head chef here is a native Nepalese geologist with a passion for fresh ingredients and the community of Tucson. They offer the best selection of curry, stir-fry, and noodles around, using only healthy cooking techniques for a great tasting dish that fills up the spirit.

19. Sa-Ing Thai Cuisine

9136 E Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85747


1 (520) 663-5955 Sa-Ing Thai Cuisine might have a modest exterior, but the food inside is nothing less than amazing. And it’s not that far from base, sitting on the southeast of Tucson. They serve authentic Thai food here, from Massama curry to Pad Kra-Pao and Tom Kha Goong. They serve cocktails to go with your order as well. And they offer a 10% military discount. Japanese Cuisine Near Davis-Monthan AFB

Japanese Cuisine

20. Kazoku

4210 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712


1 (520) 777-6249 Kazoku has been a staple in Tucson since 2006. Come by for your sushi fix, as they have a ton of fish at reasonable prices. This is the place to go for your Japanese noodles as well, like ramen and udon. You’ll find a great selection of Japanese staples here, all served by friendly staff.

21. Sachiko Sushi

1101 N Wilmot Rd., Tucson, AZ 85712


1 (520) 886-7000 Sachiko Sushi is located in a strip mall with an unassuming exterior, but the ambiance and the food inside make it all worth it. This is another place with great fresh fish and outstanding noodles. Their dinner dishes and donburi are very affordable and come with a good amount of food. So don’t worry about leaving this place hungry. Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Tucson, AZ Rated by Tuscon Weekly

Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Tucson, AZ

22. Miss Saigon

1072 N Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719


1 (520) 320-9511 Miss Saigon is a Vietnamese place in the center of the city. The Tucson Weekly has voted Miss Saigon the best Vietnamese restaurant in Tucson for 11 years in a row. That’s tough to beat. They offer amazing food at solid prices and exceptional customer service. If you have a hankering for pho, then this is the place to go. Healthy Eats Near Davis-Monthan AFB

Healthy Eats

23. Urban Fresh

73 E Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701


1 (520) 792-9355 Urban Fresh is a vegan restaurant with affordable offerings for those on a plant-based diet. They serve fresh juice and greens, smoothies, soups, wraps, sandwiches, and more. Stop by for the daily specials.

24. Stay Naked

4695 N Oracle Rd., Suite #106, Tucson, AZ 85705


1 (520) 771-6539 Stay Naked is a community-centered restaurant that’s focused on providing accessible nutrition at affordable prices. They offer pre-made and custom meals at extremely low cost to the consumer. They say they have a stake in the community and want everyone to have the energy to live their best lives. Stay naked will deliver to you, or you can order from their grab and go and come pick it up. Meals will rotate in and out and the selection is fairly small, but they’re providing a major service.

25. Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 85715


1 (520) 886-0484 Renee’s Organic Oven is a mix of foods that offer many healthy choices. They serve bite-sized appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pasta, and much more. They also have craft cocktails and a local beer list. Don’t forget to check out their extensive list of creative pizzas, like the Yucatan, Shroomy Goat, and Vegan Thai. 25 of the Best Restaurants Near Davis-Monthan AFB


ith the city of Tucson next door, there’s nothing you can’t get if you want it. All of these places come highly regarded and offer a great selection of eats at solid prices. A lot of these are great spots for occasions like first dates to family outings. While you’re stationed here at Davis-Monthan AFB, make sure to take advantage of all the great restaurants in Tucson. Feel free to explore the city to its fullest, with your stomach, one plate at a time.

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