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Ghetto Mexican places in Phoenix/Tempe?

fuzzybabybunny Jun 25, 2008 06:04 PM

I'm looking for real hole in the wall places for good cheap authentic Mexican food. I'm really new to the area and I'm just an intern, so I'm low on cash.

I don't care about the decor at all. The ghetto-er the better. I'd prefer it if the clientèle was close to 100% Mexican. Some of the best Mexican I've had was in Tuscon... pozole at a small run down place that had plastic chairs and tables and that had a front door that didn't lock. Sonoran style hot dogs in a place that was basically a tent with the chef singing old world Mexican songs. Amazing stuff. Throw any cut of meat at me. Stomach, tongue, testicles, head meat, whatever.

Tempe would be preferred.

  1. c
    colivas Dec 2, 2008 03:45 PM

    I really like Vaqueros Carne Asada at 1821 W Southern Avenue (basically the southeast corner of the intersection of 19th ave and southern). Portions are huge, and the flavors are great.

    1. ipsedixit Jun 26, 2008 09:18 AM

      Asadero Norte De Sonora
      122 North 16th St
      (602) 253-4010

      Asadero Norte De Sonora
      122 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        ceviche Nov 30, 2008 10:14 AM

        bump for me favorite place in all of phoenix. everyone who likes meat must eat here and order the parillada.

      2. achicken Jun 26, 2008 08:43 AM

        There is a little hole in the wall called Sabroso's on the SWC 48th St & Southern on the Tempe/ Phoenix border. I used to live on thier breakfast burritos. Haven't been in a while, tho.

        Sabroso Mexican Food
        4705 E Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

        1. scorpioscuba Jun 25, 2008 08:37 PM

          Definitely Suzie's Mexican Cafe on University just east of Price. It's a hole in the wall with the best food. Their Pozole is great too!

          Susie's Mexican Cafe
          2405 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

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          1. re: scorpioscuba
            themis Jun 25, 2008 09:20 PM

            Good call on Suzie's! Been too long since I've been.

            I will also throw out: Espo's, in Chandler; the town of Guadalupe; and the whole stretch of Thomas between 35th and 74th aves. Never a disappointment.

          2. silverbear Jun 25, 2008 06:45 PM

            Also, how can I forget Carolina's in south Phoenix. That might come the closest of all to being in a neighborhood with some characteristics of a ghetto.

            Carolina's Mexican Food Restaurant
            1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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            1. re: silverbear
              Beach Chick Jun 26, 2008 08:55 AM

              How can you forget Carolina's?
              Best 'ghetto' dive Mex out of the bunch.. ; )

            2. silverbear Jun 25, 2008 06:26 PM

              I'm not crazy about the casual use of the word "ghetto" as an adjective, but that's a topic for another time and place.

              Here are some places that might fit your needs:

              Guerrero's -- little place along Apache near the 101 Freeway in Tempe
              El Napolito -- very cheap and very good in Central Phoenix @ 24th St & Thomas
              Tortas El Guero -- Mexican sandwiches in Central Phoenix
              Tortas la Presa -- same as above
              Tacos de Juarez -- on edge of Downtown
              La Tolteca -- on Van Buren just eas of Downtown

              La Tolteca
              1205 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

              Tortas El Guero
              2518 N 16th St Ste 2, Phoenix, AZ 85006

              Tacos De Juarez
              1017 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

              Tortas La Presa
              1811 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ

              Guerrero's Mexican Food
              2148 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

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              1. re: silverbear
                Firenza00 Jun 25, 2008 06:48 PM

                Seconding El Nopalito and adding a place link for it. Damn good tacos for very little money.

                El Nopalito
                2831 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

                1. re: silverbear
                  azhotdish Jun 25, 2008 09:38 PM

                  Tortas El Guero also has a location in Chandler on Arizona Ave and Galveston. It's really, really good.

                  Tortas El Guero
                  611 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

                  1. re: silverbear
                    YunaBuna Dec 2, 2008 01:42 PM

                    yup! Tortas el Guero is pretty good. the old Torta la Pressa on 7th St. and Dunlap has now changed it's name to Los Reyes de la Torta and it is THE bombest IMO!!! the house torta is recommended. and the tacos.... mmmm.......

                    Tolteca is muy bien also. Carolina's is decent too.

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