Written by Monica Surfaro, guest food blogger
After a lifetime enjoying the good grub and happy experiences of NYC roadside diners, I was hankering for the same here in Tucson. Every town needs at least one awesome round-the-clock center of comfort food, trucker nostalgia and funky character. So this week I set my sights on the big TTT signage off the Interstate and was not disappointed.
TTT is a local treasure. A welcoming staff…clean facilities….appetizing and hefty diner-food portions. There are cozy booths and a homey atmosphere made even more interesting by the pleasant southwest artwork that dots the décor.
At the lively counter this week I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with gents in cowboy hats, some very properly dressed Tucson old-timers and a few obvious tourists. I stuck to traditional fare and my burger and fries were super-sized, fresh and flavorful. Looking at neighboring plates I almost was sorry I didn’t get the gut-buster breakfast with buttermilk pancakes and sizzling eggs. And yes, further down the counter was a mighty tasty-looking slab of pie and ice cream that will be tried during a future visit.
As an added treat after the meal I discovered the TTT’s automotive parts mall. So large and shiny it can be considered a tourist attraction. Every gadget, hat, tool, chrome part or supply a trucker would want is featured here. There’s also a gift shop and small game room if that’s your interest.
Day or night, this is a fascinating place to have a meal and wander. So if a 1:00 am breakfast (or a juicy fried chicken) is your thing, or if you’re just looking for a nice lunch spot, make your way to Omar’s Highway Chef Triple T. It’s one of the few independently-owned truck stops left. It’s Americana and it’s good eats, as well.
I-10 near Kolb exit – 5451 E Benson Hwy – Tucson, AZ 85706
By Monica Surfaro Spigelman, Tucson Cowgirl
Ms. Spigelman, a Twitter pal, tweeted about going to Omar’s and I asked her to share with Circle of Food. Thank you!
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