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Posted on | May 17, 2009 | Comments Off

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Desert Rain Cafe--A Native American jewel

I want to tell you about a very special–and brand new–dining spot that is both unusual and fun. It’s called Desert Rain Cafe, and this cute little cafe sits right in the heart of the Tohono O’odham reservation. It is owned and run by Native American people, and the emphasis here is on traditional, healthy food.

Oh, but wait! This food is REALLY good. Rich desert flavors are among the tastiest anywhere in the world. I had a wonderful bowl of tepary bean and short rib stew that left me full and satisfied until late that evening. Mr. Tightwad tried the Prickly Pear Chicken sandwich and told me it was fresh, nicely seasoned, and tasty. (It must have been good, since he didn’t leave anything on his plate.)

The lunch bill for both of us came to about $15. This is not just good food, but it’s also cheap and tasty.

The drive to the cafe is not for the faint of heart. Desert Rain Cafe is in Sells, and takes maybe two hours driving–one way. Only people wanting an adventure with authentic Native American food waiting at the end should try this little cafe. This is NOT on the beaten track, but I’d call it a gem of a find.

An update: For the Wednesday Fall, 2009 specials at Desert Rain Cafe check out this Tucson on the Cheap post.

By the way, I took pictures, but only with special permission. Please respect tradition and leave your cameras at home.

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One of the tasty offerings from Desert Rain Cafe

Where: Desert Rain Cafe, in the Tohono Plaza on Main Street in Sells, AZ. For a map, go right here.

When: Monday-Friday. 7:00 AM-3:00 PM. Breakfast and lunch only.

How much: Breakfast runs from about $1.95 for a muffin up to $4.95 for a savory frittata. Lunch will cost $6-$7 for an entree. Nice side dishes available, too.

–Posted by Hortense P. Tightwad.

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