Long, long before there was a shiny, upscale sports bar in every strip mall, there was Famous Sam's. It had, and still has, everything you could want: TVs perpetually showing bodies in motion; a perfect pastrami and cheese sandwich; truly memorable fries; many choices on tap; fast, skinny waitresses in tight jeans; and that comfy stale beer smell that says, "Just finished unloading a couple train cars' worth of elephants? Damn. You must be thirsty." The first and best Sam's was, and is, on the northeast corner of Swan Road and 29th Street, just a hop and a skip from the gates of the airbase. There are now seven more Tucson Sam's, plus locations in Phoenix and elsewhere. The pastrami is that good.
2. TIE O'Malley's, 247 N. Fourth Ave.
2. TIE Rusty's Family Restaurant and Sports Grille, 2075 W. Grant Road