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Best Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix

OK, let me explain what I am looking for. I like authentic chili rellenos, enchiladas and great Margaritas. I hate chain restaurants, but I do like a lively scene with a good bar, good refried beans&fresh home made tortillas. I am staying at the Biltmore in Phoenix, but I can see from my earlier post, that I will need to take a cab, so lets open this up to anywhere I can get to in a cab from the Biltmore. Sorry for the repeat, but I just wanted to clarify.

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  1. Hands down - go to one of two places...."the teepee" a phoenix tradition...two locations one on indian school and one at Bank One Ball Park. The Bario Cafe....best food bar none...her pork dish is to die for...it's the only thing I get and it's awesome. Tableside quacomole is also a must.

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    1. re: restranteur

      I think maybe you had to grow up on the Teepee to appreciate it. I didn't, and don't.

    2. For the best fresh made tortillas (flour) you should try Carolina's. Everything is made fresh and is incredibly tasty. Two locations - 1202 E Mohave St (Downtown) and 2126 E. Cactus Rd (Cactus and Cave Creek). It's an order-at-the-counter type place, so nothing fancy, just really good Mexican food.

      1. How about Los Dos Molinos? On a recent trip to Scottsdale, where my sister and brother-in-law live, they took me to Teepee (I'm from NY state). I think they thought I would appreciate the atmosphere (which differs from the more common AZ everything's-new look) and the food. Frankly, it was nothing special, just cheap. Los Dos seemed way better. Los Sombreros was too bad.

        1. i'd say tradiciones/phoenix ranch market, carolina's, barrio cafe or richardsons. santa fe style but deee-lish

          1. Forgot Richardson's from a previous trip! Seem to remember blue-corn tortillas and lot's of Hatch chiles. Is that the place?

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            1. re: markabauman

              thats the one!! if its really packed and a long wait, swing around the corner to their spot, dicks hideaway. same great food, more bar like, and usually way less crowded :)