By Robyn Larson McCarthy
Arizona's oldest continuously operating hotel is the home of one of Tucson's best breakfast spots, The Cup Café, and on any given morning, summer or winter, you'll find dogs seated beneath at least one of the outdoor tables. (I've heard The Cup offers a pretty good lunch, dinner, and happy hour menu, too. In fact, when I was in high school, The Cup was a favorite spot to meet friends for a decadent late-night dessert after doing research at the University of Arizona library for debate class.)
As for breakfast these days, the coffee is good, the orange juice in the mimosas fresh squeezed, and the décor remains a tad eclectic.
On a recent visit, friends tucked into orders of the "Bennie's Burrito"--scrambled eggs, spicy black beans, sprouts, jack cheese, and their choice of breakfast meat, all wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla and served with diced green chiles, black olives, sour cream, and fresh salsa.
Or you might try the "Eggs and Gunpowder" in honor of John Dillinger, who holed up on the third floor of the Hotel Congress just before his capture: roasted red potatoes topped with eggs, turkey chorizo, and jack cheese.
Walk off your meal with a stroll around the recently renovated train depot across the street. The fenced area is a safe place for the kids to run a bit after sitting through the meal. They will enjoy seeing the restored train engine and Wild West sculptures.
Hotel Congress itself allows canine guests. A detailed review of the overnight accommodations at this historic establishment may be read at ChaucerSeesAmerica.com.
Downtown Tucson is mere minutes from I-10, at the Congress Street/ Broadway Boulevard exit, making The Cup an easy stopping point for those passing through en route to Phoenix or California. Your four-legged traveling companion will thank you.