Burnet Road Hidden Gems

8 under-the-radar restaurants you must try on Burnet Road

8 under-the-radar restaurants you must try on Burnet Road

Gusto Italian Kitchen Burnet Road
We're giving the lesser-known Burnet faves a turn in the spotlight. Gusto Italian Kitchen/Facebook

Burnet Road used to be that weird street where you’d go to buy mattresses or get your car repaired. Now, it’s an (almost) walkable mecca of restaurants. You probably know most of the buzzy spots to get a bite (Barley Swine, The Peached Tortilla, and the like), so we're giving the lesser-known Burnet faves a turn in the spotlight. Add these hidden gems to your rotation.

T-Loc's Sonora Hot Dogs
Grilled hot dogs wrapped in bacon and tucked in Tucson bread — true Sonoran style. If you're not down with the dog, consider getting one of the carne asada burritos stuffed with steak, avocado, and fresh pico de gallo. 

Don't let the strip mall location fool you: This spot has serious devotees. Go for the tuna tower, stay for the omakase-style service (RSVP required).

Shu Shu's Asian Cuisine
Shu Shu's serves fast-casual Chinese food that's perfect for an inexpensive Asian fix. Build your lunch with a choice of protein, rice, and a side for less than $10. 

Chocolaterie Tessa
Salted butter caramels, hazelnut truffles, and mocha pyramids, oh my! Master chocolatier Tessa Halstead has managed to bring the chocolate factory to life (sans deadly chocolate river). Each offering is handcrafted in small batches using techniques learned from her father.

Nosh & Bevvy
Does it get more British than curry and a pint? This pub is tucked away in the spot where Baby Blues Bar used to be and offers local beers and hearty items, like shepherd's pie and bubble and squeak. 

Kolache Creations
Kolache Creations has been rocking out Burnet Road since 1979. Low-carb diets need not apply: There are more than 20 varieties of traditional and contemporary kolaches. 

Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar
Before the spate of recently opened Italian restaurants, there was Gusto, quietly doing its thing. There's an inexpensive all-you-care-to-eat brunch and a darn good happy hour that includes 25 percent off bottles of wine.

Tiny Pies
Fun-sized pies are the name of the game. Dutch apple, coconut cream, Key lime, bourbon pecan ... you get it. Pie heaven. These baby baked goods are perfect to pick up for a party or hoard for yourself (or both).