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Nov 10, 2007 05:59 AM

El Taco Tote

The reason I was in the vicinity of Great Wall last night (see topic at was because I was stopping at El Taco Tote to buy dinner to take home. Located at 35th Ave. and Camelback, this very authentic and very busy place has a short menu offering delicious chopped grilled meats including pork adobado, carne asada, and chicken. We like the adovado so much that we haven't tried all the others, although we have had the chicken which is very good as well. Both corn and flour tortillas are made in house, and the corn ones are especially good, fragrant and on the thick side. The salsa bar offers about half a dozen salsas, as well as cucumber slices, cilantro, onions, grilled jalapenos and onions, and key limes. You can get individual servings or family meals to share. Most orders come with rice, soupy pinto beans, and fresh guacamole. It is upscale enough that you can pay with your debit card, and the order takers generally speak English, although many others in the restaurant do not.

El Taco Tote is actually a franchise -- here's a link to their web site: According to the web site, there is another local location at 1050 S. Country Club in Mesa, and there are a couple in Tucson.

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  1. Good chain, based in Juarez. :) I enjoy our location here in ABQ.

    1. There's also one in the food court at Arizona Mills. They're pretty decent. If Phoenix Ranch Market wasn't so close I would likely find myself there much more often.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        Just wanted to mention that I finally made it over to the Arizona Mills location of El Taco Tote for lunch, and the big one at 35th and Camelback is MUCH more cool -- huge salsa bar, emphasis on the grilled meats, lots of Latino families, tortillas made on the spot. If you find yourself in that vicinity, I still recommend it.

        1. re: kittyfood

          In the East Valley, the Country Club location in Mesa is the same way. Their salsa bar is awesome - love the aguacate salsa! And yes, the adovado is the best, and so cheap.

      2. We are very lucky to have several in El Paso, and they are always busy no matter what time of day you go.

        1. The food is decent, I thought it was a little bit on the spendy side for the amount of food you get.

          1. I was only aware of one in Tucson, on Wilmot north of Speedway, and it went out of business. Is there another in Tucson?

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            1. re: lawyerbriefs

              Apparently so.

              El Taco Tote
              1645 W Valencia Rd Ste 111, Tucson, AZ 85746

              1. re: lawyerbriefs

                According to the web site, there is one at 1645 W. Valencia Road.