the founders are the people who started long wongs. if you think of their taco stand as the long wongs of taco's, you'll be fine. not at all authentic. but charming, quirky, organic, and loads better that any 'bertos in town. plus the owners are so nice and kind. not my favorite taco in town by a stretch, but its hard to hate on a 1.50 taco that much.
I've been there a few times and am currently writing up a review of the place. It's different from the places mentioned by Hohokam -- quirkier, a little more gringo.
Some things I like:
-- excellent whole pinto beans (as opposed to refrieds) and black beans
-- fruit flavored lemonades of all types
-- smooth guacamole but undiluted by sour cream
-- good brownies for dessert
-- friendly people
-- funky patio dining area
-- cactus often available as a special taco / burrito filling
-- bottles of sriracha available as a condiment (not authentic Mexican, but a nice cross-cultural touch)
Some things I thought needed improvement:
-- shredded yellow-and-white cheese assortment often used to excess, especially in the burritos. I would prefer crumbly cotija; I suggest asking them to go easy on the cheese
-- everything packaged to go -- seems wasteful
It's an inexpensive meal, so there's no reason not to try it at least once.
azhotdish and I met up there for lunch a few months back. I was pretty underwhelmed by the tacos I had. The meat fillings were OK, but the general make-up of the tacos reminded me of taco day at the high school cafeteria.
I'd rather spend more and eat less at America's or spend about the same amount and get something tastier at El Nopalito.
2831 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
America's Taco Shop
2041 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ
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501 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ