Ghetto Mexican places in Phoenix/Tempe?
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.
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
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
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
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.