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Menudo spots in Phoenix?

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I'm looking for your recs on RED chile menudo in central (Downtown or Midtown) Phoenix. I have found a couple of good places near south mountain and in Mesa, but I'm new to the central corridor and I need a fix. Thanks!

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  1. Phoenix Ranch Market - food court (16ST/Roosevelt)

    My husband had some a couple of months ago that he enjoyed. You do have to ask for chile or they will serve it white(an abomination to my taste buds). It came with limes and oregano on the side like I'm used to.

    If you're looking for good posole, you can find it at Fry Bread House(7 AV/N. of Indian School). They call it "Red Chile Stew" on the menu.

    I prefer posole to menudo myself - not much of a tripe fan.

    1. Rosita's Place 2310 E. McDowell has great menudo on week-ends,they have Rojo Y Blanco with all the fixin's.
      Haven't tried Ranch Market's yet but everything else I've had there has been great so I would imagine their Menudo would be good also.

      1. Carolinas on Mohave and 12th st. They have Menudo on Saturdays only.

        Here's thier website. They have a location off of Cactus and 21st st. as well


        1. I don't know if it is red, but on New Year's day I ate at Rosita's in Mesa and I saw an inordinate number of bowls of Menudo being served. Could have just been the hang over cure or good luck for new years driving the sales but you may want to check.


          1. This is all great information. Thanks!

            I'll report back as a menudo 'expert'. ;-)

            1. I tried the Menudo at Phoenix Ranch Market on Saturday and I have to say that i was immensely disappointed in the quality of the sopa itself, as well as the ratio of meat:hominy.

              The soup lacked any heat whatsoever, and they did not compensate by adding any red chile flakes or sauce to the side of my dish. They did include a verde chile sauce, which i begrudgingly put in about a quarter of the way through eating my bowl because the soup was so bland.

              I know the lack-of-quality meat is part of the charm of Menudo, but the tripe was far greasier than any other i've had in menudo, which just killed the consistency of the soup. Moreover, they added WAY too much meat and very little hominy. Typically, i eat just the hominy, and will take occasional bites of the meat if they happen upon my spoon. I ate a little more than 1/4 of the bowl before i was out of hominy and, combined with the awful quality, i just gave up altogether.

              I was also sure to order a bolillo on the side to soak up the menudo juices, but 1) the bolillo was VERY dry and lacked chewy texture, and 2) again, the sopa was tasteless, so i left most of the bread on my plate.

              I will say that the energy in PRM will make me go back and try something else -- some sweet bread and an horchata (the horchata BTW was very good and cinnimon-y), but for menudo, i'm gonna have to try some of the other suggestions on this thread. I've heard good things about Carolinas, so I'm gonna try that next Saturday.

              1. I asked my parents, who grew up eating and cooking menudo, about good menudo around town. They weren't too impressed by Phoenix Ranch Market either. I mentioned my husband liking it, but he's a newbie.

                Grandmamia and Grandpamia say that Food City is very good. I double-checked, "Are you sure?" Yes.

                I really like the Horchata at Phoenix Ranch. All of their licuados are good.

                1. there's always el norteno on the corner of 7th ave and roosevelt..i think they do menudo on weekends only. i must confess - their food is GREAT but close your eyes when you walk inside to order. lets just say its not the cleanest spot i've ever seen