Carlotta Flores – Chef/Owner, El Charro Cafe, Charro Steak, Charro del Rey, Charrovida
The matriarch of Tucson’s Mexican food scene, Carlotta Flores, ACF, is the third generation overseeing El Charro Café, the country’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Recent additions to the family business include: Charrovida She’s the author of El Charro Café: The Tastes and Traditions of Tucson and El Charro:Café: Flavors of Tucson From America’s Oldest Family-Operated Mexican Restaurant. Her award-winning recipes have been reviewed by nationally recognized critics from the LA Times to Gourmet Magazine. A USA Today poll voted El Charro Café as one of the best restaurants in the country. In 2019 the restaurant was named a James Beard Award semifinalist.