El Parador Restaurant
2744 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
NileGuide Expert tip:
El Parador hosts a popular Sunday buffet.
El Parador bills itself as a "tropical restaurant," but this has more to do with the lush, garden decor: the menu is largely straightforward Mexican. Although the expansive "Gourmet Mexican Latino Cuisine" menu may be a bit dizzying at first, take a deep breath and opt for the classics, which are usually a good bet. The chips and salsa are usually quite good, and the colorful ambiance--which features over-sized tropical foliage growing indoors--is definitely an eyeful. El Parador is always hopping on weekend nights, when the restaurant is taken over by budding, eager salsa dancers (the salsa dance classes here are a big draw).