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May 7, 2008 02:06 PM

Kid-friendly Mexican in Phoenix? / Grand Canyon

I'm going to Phoenix and Vegas for my honeymoon in a month. The first night we're going to be in Phoenix and meeting up with my sister and her 6 year old son. My new husband and I would love to get some good, authentic Mexican, but my nephew, being six, is a little picky. What would you suggest?

Bonus points if it's near the Tapatio Cliffs resort, where we're staying for the night.


The next day, we're doing a marathon driving trip from Phoenix, through Sedona, up to the Grand Canyon, back to the freeway, and over to Vegas. We're going to probably get up near the Grand Canyon around lunch time - any reccomendations for cheap, quick road food that still tastes good?


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  1. I would recommend El Bravo. It's located just about two miles south of the Pointe Tapatio Cliffs along 7th St. It's a small place that is easy to overlook, but it has served good Sonoran food for decades. There are plenty of basic tacos and such that most picky kids will like. My nieces, who are pickier than Mikey in the old Life cereal commercial, seemed to enjoy it. Keep in mind, however, that El Bravo's authenticity is in respect to the food of the border region.

    If you're looking for something that has more of a Mexico City style, you might want to try Los Reyes de La Torta, which is just up the street from El Bravo. As the name suggests, the specialty is tortas, Mexican sandwiches, although there are also quesadillas, sopes, and huaraches on the menu. Los Reyes is a bit more exotic, but note that it does not have a liquor license and that staff there speak limited English.

    Either one will provide a delicious meal. It just depends on what you are looking for.

    El Bravo
    8338 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020

    Los Reyes de la Torta
    9230 N 7th St Ste E, Phoenix, AZ 85020

    2 Replies
    1. re: silverbear

      Thank you - Los Reyes sounds like what I'm looking for. I used to live in Chicago and miss the yummy sopes in my favorite restaurant there.

      1. re: anabug

        Second El Bravo-couldn't think of the name yesterday, close to the Pointe; little strip mall on the west side, very good, low key, friendly. I suspect they will be very kid friendly, as I have often seen hispanic families there.

    2. If you have time to take the East Entrance to the Grand Canyon (you would take 89 up from Flagstaff as opposed to 180), you will pass through Cameron, which is on the Navajo Reservation. The Navajo tacos at the Cameron Trading Post are awesome, as are the views of the Little Colorado River. By entering from the east you also get to see Desert View Watchtower, which is amazing. If that doesn't fit into your schedule, I would stop in Flagstaff to have lunch before heading up to the Canyon. If you want Mexican, I would recommend Cafe Ole.

      Cafe Ole'
      121 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001