Established in 1922 by Monica Flin, El Charro is the oldest Mexican restaurant in America that continues to be owned and operated by the same family. In that time, a restaurant owned by a woman was certainly a rarity, let alone one where the same woman cooked and hosted and did everything necessary to keep the place running! Today, her great-grandniece, Carlotta Flores, keeps this amazing Sonoran culinary tradition thriving, still drying the carne seca (seasoned and shredded beef) in a cage atop the roof in the Tucson sun. You can literally taste the history.
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