Favorite cheap Mexican in PHX East valley?
Restaurant Mexico in downtown Tempe. Cheap, fresh, and tasty. It's more in the style of central Mexico--their green sauce is tomatillo based and they use queso anejo (crumbly, slightly salty, white cheese) as a their cheese topping and filling rather than burying everything under goopy globs of fluorescent cheddar. RM was about the only Mexican place I went to while a student in Tempe--I'm not sure if I realized at the time how lucky I was to be so close to food that good and that affordable. They have a decent selection of Mexican and American macrobrews.
Ah yes, PRG (People's Republic of Gilbert...pardon my cynicism), a virtual wasteland of good chow (Joe's BBQ and Flancer's notwithstanding).
A few options worth trying:
Rancho de Tia Rosa
They have a full bar in the restaurant, and serve beer in the Taqueria. Very good, slowly cooked meats.
Guedo's Cantina Grill
71 E. Chandler Blvd.
Excellent taco bar - highly recommended. Cash only.
Rivas Mexican Food
546 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Ok, so it's cheap, fast-food, but it does the trick. No booze.
Here are our East Valley faves. We live in Higley.
Los Dos Molinos on Alma School - Hot and relatively inexpensive. Not as crowded as Central location.
Blue Adobe Grill on Country Club - A little more upscale then Los Dos, but still Southwestern style
Guedos in Downtown Chandler - Tace Bar, very inexpensive and really good.
El Zocalo in Downtown Chandler - average food, not real cheap, but a great place for happy hour and enjoying their incredible patio
Nandos Val Vista and Baseline - Kind of a chain atmosphere, but above average chain type of food. There Carne Asada is pretty decent and they make killer margs.