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Is there an upscale Mexcian restaurant in the Valley?

ipsedixit Mar 14, 2010 11:50 AM

Something more upscale than Barrio Cafe and Gallo Blanco.

Is La Hacienda the most viable option?


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  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: ipsedixit Mar 14, 2010 12:43 PM

    I think for something more upscale than Barrio or Gallo Blanco, La Hacienda would be your *only* option without leaving town.

    1. tastyjon RE: ipsedixit Mar 14, 2010 07:35 PM

      Not pure Mexican, but what about?:

      The Mission
      The Richardsons/Rokerij combo (though more New Mex)
      Deseo (more pan-Latin)

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      1. re: tastyjon
        Namius RE: tastyjon Mar 14, 2010 08:57 PM

        Maybe midscale, but getting there, how about Fuego bistro on 7th st and bethany? Had some nice lunches and dinners there.

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        azdevilz RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2010 05:44 PM

        I can't say that I have been wowed by consistently great Mexican food in a moderately priced, decently good food place.
        In the east valley. I have tried Manuels, Serranos, Garcias, Macayos, El Charro, Nandos and a few others.
        I was particularly pleased with Si Senor in Chandler, and for What i would call New Mexican Food it was good, great portions and helpfull staff.
        El Charro in Mesa is still a favorite for the staples, Beans, Tacos and sublime enchiladas. I think they offer great chips and salsa. It is a local Icon and can disapoint.
        I have never tried Tia Rosas. There is something about the place that turns me off. I just can't make it in there.
        I am always open to trying new places but haven't been inspired by a whole lot lately.

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        1. re: azdevilz
          Poerz RE: azdevilz Mar 27, 2010 07:41 AM

          The places you have listed are generally chain operated "Americanized" Mexican places that primarily dish up pre prepared food off of steam tables, top it all with cheese and melt the daylights out of it. If you want great Mexican food at truly reasonable prices you have to hit the real places:
          Los Taquitos
          La Condesa
          America's Taco Shop
          Pepe's Taco Villa
          Guero's Tortas
          Los Reyes de la Torta

          All of these and others can be searched on this site. they appear frequently.

          Pepe's Taco Villa
          2108 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015

          America's Taco Shop
          2041 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

          Los Taquitos
          4747 E Elliot Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85044

          1. re: Poerz
            kmarg RE: Poerz Mar 27, 2010 01:12 PM

            Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale is more upscale but the menu can be hit or miss.
            I like it, but it"s a love or hate thing on this board.

            Old Town Tortilla Factory
            6910 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        2. Bill Hunt RE: ipsedixit Mar 27, 2010 08:27 PM

          Has anyone mentioned Tradiciones at the PHX Ranch Market (did not hear that it burned the other night)?


          1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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          1. re: Bill Hunt
            ipsedixit RE: Bill Hunt Mar 27, 2010 09:09 PM

            Don't really consider Tradiciones upscale. Plus, I hate, absolutely hate, the mariachi kitsch.

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            Mattoclock RE: ipsedixit Apr 21, 2010 10:26 PM

            Just dined at La Hacienda tonight. I don't have much of a frame of reference as to other Mexican places as it's not normally our favorite thing to eat out. Everything we ordered was delicious though. We'll give it another visit at some point for sure.

            The mission was good enough first time to get a return visit at some point too.

            La Hacienda
            7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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            1. re: Mattoclock
              KristiB50 RE: Mattoclock Apr 23, 2010 01:54 PM

              Los Sombreros in Scottsdlae is also very good

              Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina
              2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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