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HOME OF THE WORLD FAMOUS FRUIT BURRITO
& award-winning margaritas
COLD/ FROZEN MENU
Pre-pay over the phone when ordering (520) 398-2397
Your order won't include silverware unless requested
Fruit burros we will make to order and you can reheat in microwave $9 each
Chips to go box for 4 people $3 (we will make these fresh to deliver to you)
Salsa 1 pint for 8-12 people $6.95
Wisdom's red enchilada sauce
Wisdom's green tomatillo sauce
Guacamole 1 pint for 8-12 people $10.95
Bacon wrapped shrimp app with BBQ sauce by the order (six shrimp) $12.50
Tamales frozen one dozen of one kind $50 OR one half dozen of one kind $30
vegan green corn
Rellenos frozen one dozen $50 or a half dozen $30
Our meats are packed with enough for 6 people $20
Spicy Ground Beef
Sopas by the pint for two people $15
Red Bell pepper Soup
Butternut squash Soup
Beans 1 pint for 4-6 people $10
Wisdom's Refried beans
Wisdom's Whole pinto beans
DOS vegan Black beans
DOS refried bacon beans
Rice 1 pint for 4-6 people $10
DOS vegan cilantro rice
Wisdom's Mexican red rice
1 pack of 24 corn tortillas
1 pack of 12 flour tortillas
Ice Cream by the pint $11.50
call us for flavors that include Tequila Sea Salt, Chocoflan, Strawberry Cheesecake and more
Alcohol ~ please call us for prices on beer, wine by the bottle, margaritas
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT and allowing us to serve you!
We are humbled by the love you have shown us.
*Menu and prices subject to change*
In 1944 Howard and Petra (Gomez) Wisdom opened the doors to Wisdom’s Cafe, alongside the old Nogales Highway, never imagining that their little cafe was destined to become a dining tradition three generations strong.
Because Petra’s father was a property owner in Tumacacori and gifted parcels of his land to his children and their spouses, the cafe is in a lovely location with a view of the Tumacacori Mountains to the west and the Santa Ritas to the east. It started out as an L-shaped little place that served breakfast and housed a rowdy bar. And since Howard was a natural born cowboy and an athlete in the saddle, alongside the cafe he soon built a roping arena where bulldogging and rodeo champions came from around the U.S. and Mexico to show off their skills.
Eventually the building grew to its current size with, as Petra recalled, a little help from the workers building Interstate 19. Howard and Petra provided a great breakfast and lunch and the guys helped Howard pour the floor in the bar. Sadly, the official opening of I-19 in 1979 forced many wonderful businesses to close their doors, including Wisdom’s Cafe, because of the loss of traffic. Fortunately in 1980, the Wisdoms’ son, Herb, and his wife, Irene (Pesqueira), agreed to return home from Long Beach, CA, where they’d lived for 20 years, to help Howard and Petra give new life to the cafe. Herb asked his sisters, Jennie Belle and Linda, and his brother, Jesse, to help, too. It became a family affair, including the priceless Frances, whose generations-old recipes make our mouths water, and wonderful Barbara, without whom the business could never have grown and Irene’ss mom, Ana, who cooked and shredded and sliced and diced for years. These folks turned the cafe into the place you see today. They were even written up in the New York Times!
As for the fruit burro, legend has it that one afternoon, quite by accident, a tortilla spread with jam fell into some hot cooking oil and thus the now world famous fruit burrito had its start. Both the yummy fruit burro and the delicious chimichanga have helped make Wisdom’s a dining tradition for locals and travelers alike. And by making the cafe a completely non-smoking restaurant in 1982, way ahead of any ordinances, Herb and Irene encouraged the residents of the growing retirement town of Green Valley to patronize their place. By word-of-mouth the Wisdoms’ reputation for friendly service and great food began to spread.
Today you will see the next generations here! Many customers, most of whom the Wisdoms consider family, watched Herb and Irene’s sons, Richard and Cliff, grow up to help their folks with the place and warmly welcomed Cliff’s wife, Celeste (Martin), who was born and raised in Nogales, AZ, into the fold. Cliff and Celeste took over the management of the cafe 15 years ago. Many of you were on hand when their daughter, Sasha Noelle, was born and have since enjoyed her company at your table as a guest/interloper then a busser/server. She is the fifth generation to live on this land and was joined by her baby brother, Griffin Ford, in August 2004! Sasha was a busser and server until her graduation in 2018 and is now a student at the U of A in Tucson.
If you can, take a moment to wander around the cafe and enjoy the family heirlooms & antiques collected by Howard, Herb, Cliff & Celeste, many lovingly entrusted to the Wisdoms by customers. You’ll see paintings by Aunt Jean, Aunt Jennie Belle & customers, murals by Uncle Jesse, photos of family, friends and customers and trophies and medals won by Herb & Cliff and their fastball team, Si Senor. Admire Native American pottery found in our Santa Cruz River, cowboy memorabilia, Herb’s knife collection, beer steins, typewriters, snow shoes, Cliff’s Little League uniform, antique cameras, antique dolls, Sasha and Griffin’s bassinet/buggy and countless other treasures. And don’t forget to check out the artwork in the powder room, ladies!
Please make yourselves at home and discover why Wisdom’s has been featured in numerous magazines, newspaper articles, travel guides & on numerous internet sites.
We hope you will enjoy your visit with us!
EVENTS & DIRECTIONS
You can navigate here by entering the following into your map app
Wisdom's Cafe, 1931 East Frontage Rd., Tumacacori, AZ
FROM TUCSON, SAHUARITA, GREEN VALLEY OR AMADO
1. Take I-19 south and take the 2nd Tubac exit #34
2. Turn left at the stop sign so you drive under the bridge
3. Turn right at the next stop sign onto the Frontage Rd. and drive about 3 miles until you see Wisdom's and the big white chicken on your left
FROM NOGALES OR RIO RICO
1. Take I-19 north and take the Tumacacori exit #29
2. Turn right at the stop sign
3. Turn left at the next stop sign onto the East Frontage Rd. and drive about 1 mile until you see Wisdom's and the big white chicken on your left
Celeste sends out a newsletter each week detailing specials and other events happening in our community! Click on our Facebook link in the upper left hand corner.
Visit our Tubac location opened in 2013 and expanded in 2018!