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Wisdom’s Café excerpt: You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the giant chicken statues outside of this Santa Cruz Valley institution, family-owned and operated since 1944. Located between Tubac and Tumacacori, this roadside diner’s delicious, from-scratch menu is short but eclectic. House favorites include the green corn tamale and turkey chimichangas washed down with a mason-jar margarita. Just be sure to save room for the main attraction: enormous, gooey fruit burritos served a la mode.
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Wisdom’s Café excerpt: Wisdom’s Cafe a Smart Stop
Yummy lunch-bucket fare may have been the spur that led to Wisdom’s Cafe, a family-owned restaurant in business since 1944.
“My dad got a job working construction on the old Nogales Highway,” says Herb Wisdom, son of restaurant founders Howard and Petra Gomez Wisdom.
“He would take burros to eat for lunch. His co-workers wanted a bite. Pretty soon he was taking burros to them,” says Herb.
Today Wisdom’s, offering lunch, dinner, and a full bar, serves up to 300 diners on a busy day. About half order the restaurant’s trademark dessert: the fruit burro – deep-fried, dusted with sugar and cinnamon, and served with a scoop of ice cream.
Good enough, it turns out, to be written up in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Everything changed, says Herb, the day Green Valley community organizer Merl Peek showed up in 1982.
“He said, ‘If you are non-smoking, I will have all our meetings from Green Valley here.’ ” Today, says Herb, Green Valley brings in 90 percent of their business.
That sure seemed to be the case the day I showed up for lunch. Had to wait for a table, along with that tortilla-wrapped fruit burro – and a scoop of family history.
“We come to Wisdom every time we are in town!! It is our favorite restaurant. We just purchased a home in Green Valley and will be moving permanently to the area in the near future but would love to get on your mailing list now.
We dream of fruit burritos in New Hampshire and can’t wait till we return for our next one!”
- Don and Kathy Champagne – Merrimack, New Hampshire