READERS' PICK: There's no better place for lunch than Susana Davila's Poca Cosa. Lunch specials rotate daily, recited to you tableside, en ingles or español. Davila's cooking refuses to pander to the dumbing down of Mexican cuisine, and you'll always find a wide range of spicy, rich molés, chiles, asadas and tamales. Each plate is generously served with an enormous fresh green salad, a side of rice and beans. For an expansive lunch that is exotic, savory and made to order, you can't beat Poca Cosa. Besides, if you're stuck downtown for lunch, the Poca Cosa's vibrant ambiance, great music and fabulous selection of fresh jugos or margaritas will let you stretch that lunch hour into sheer rejuvenation. Dollar for dollar, you can't beat it--Poca Cosa serves up the best lunch deal around.
READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Café Terra Cotta, 4310 N. Campbell Ave. in St. Philip's Plaza. A proven favorite with the Ladies (Couples With Some Midday Time/Young Brides With Their Wedding Proofs/Full Families Avoiding The Heat) Who Lunch crowd, Cafe Terra Cotta's contemporary Southwestern cuisine has become signature Tucson. Chef/owner Donna Nordin will dazzle you with stuffed prawns with herbed goat cheese; "Ring of Fire" jalapeño, poblano, serrano and avocado pizzas; pork tenderloin; and chocolate mousse pie. Décor is tasteful Southwest and it's got plenty of inter-table space. Good views and attentive but not anxious service are other pluses. Surrounded by upscale boutiques, jewelers, stylists and galleries, it's an excursion in its own right. Café Terra Cotta also offers a full bar and a wide array of wines by the glass.