The Best Mexican Food in Phoenix
Sep 7 , 2011
From taco stands to elegant bistros, Phoenix boasts some of the best Mexican food in the country. Serving up fresh salsa, homemade enchiladas, and even Mexican sweets, these restaurants are sure to satisfy all visitors. Here are some standouts to spice up your next visit.
More Tex-Mex than straight up Mexican, the Carlsbad Tavern is fun for the whole family thanks to its inventive, cave-like setting, complete with a large waterfall. The prices are reasonable and the portions are plentiful at this wildly popular Phoenix institution.
Rito's Mexican Market and Take-Out
For an authentic Mexican burrito, follow the lunch crowd to Rito’s. This beloved Phoenix café is always packed, but the green chili burritos are worth the wait. This mom and pop joint is cash only, so don’t forget to hit the ATM beforehand for some of the best Mexican in Phoenix.
For gourmet Mexican cuisine, try some of the best Mexican food in Phoenix at the funky and eclectic Barrio Café. Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, who was nominated for a 2010 James Beard Award, brings her fresh interpretation of the Southern Mexican food she enjoyed during her childhood. Don’t skip her churros and ice cream for desert.
La Tolteca is your ticket to the best, affordable, authentic Mexican food in Phoenix. It’s carry-out only, but you can eat at some of the tables set up inside and outside. The burritos, enchiladas and wide selection of homemade salsas make La Tolteca a great option of lunch. There’s also a huge bakery on site, where you can buy Mexican sweets and fresh, homemade tortillas.
Gallo Blanco Café and Bar
Famous for its tacos served on cute, stainless steel trays (think napkin holders designed for soft tacos), the Gallo Blanco Café is a great option for lunch or dinner. This colorful, casual café located in the Clarendon Hotel is always packed. Don’t miss the chicaharron de queso–an inventive take on pork rinds made from manchego cheese.
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