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distance no object as long as it is in the general phoenix metro area; preferably available in burro form but not required...

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  1. Dangerous topic since people are so passionate about their green chile but here's a starter list:

    For Heat - Los Dos Molinos
    For Flavor - Richardson's
    For a Burro - Arriba
    For Pork in a pot - Roaring Fork
    New entry with promise - Beckett's Table
    Not bad for a chain - Z-Tejas
    Best with a beer - Carlsbad Tavern

    Carlsbad Tavern
    3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Roaring Fork
    4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: kmarg

      I've been to Los Dos, Rosita's, Richardson's (before it burned down), Roaring Fork, Z Tejas and Carlsbad Tavern (and Ranch House grill, again before it burned down) - but I didn't have the GC anywhere except Ranch House, Rosita's and Los Dos. I'll have to head back and check them out.
      Some other's I've had but didn't think were ridiculously outstanding are Los Taquitos (good, not fantastic), Via Delosantos (ok), Valle Luna (ok), El Nopalito (pretty good) and a few other randoms that we haven't returned to.

      For what it is worth, my fave in AZ right now is at the Pork Shop in Queen Creek - they smoke the meat before making the chili and it is insane!!! I believe it is only available in a burrito for like $3. Killer peppered bacon there, too. :)

      Carlsbad Tavern
      3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

      Roaring Fork
      4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Via Delosantos
      9120 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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

      1. re: kmarg

        I think kmarg's list is right on the money, and points out the fact that green chile comes in many forms. I personally enjoy Richardson's green chile stew. However, it hasn't been exactly the same each time I've ordered it, and I think that's part of the mystique of green chile - depending on how long it simmers, the particular batch of chiles used, and so forth, it's going to vary at least a little from one time to the next. It's also a great dish for home cooks who like to tinker. Of course, my own green chile stew is really the best around!

      2. Haven't been here in awhile but La Hacienda at 16th and McDowell had great chile verde. My "go to" place is Rosita's Place 2310 e. McDowell.

        Rosita's Place
        2310 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

        1. An unusual incarnation of green chile is the Southwestern Chicken-Fried Steak at Ranch House Grille, which is topped with pork green chile in place of the more common cream gravy. Absolutely delicious.

          Ranch House Grille
          5618 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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            1. re: johnseberg

              Ah, phooey, that's right. I'd heard something about that, didn't know the full details. I've been having a hankering for it, too... now I'm pondering a trip up to Page, maybe go see Monument Valley while I'm there.

            2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              have they reopened after the fire?

              1. re: kmarg

                I should have labeled my link. It links to an article that says they'll be closed at least 6 months, and possibly a year. I believe the fire was around 11/1/2010.

                1. re: kmarg

                  Now, they have re-opened (Ranch House Grille).

              2. I'm from NM, and am very picky about green chili.
                IMO, Arribas is disgusting. I don't know how they manage to mess up the food, but they do.
                Los Dos Molinas is authentic NM food, so it's very good.
                ZTejas used to have a green chili pork stew appetizer that was awesome, but I don't know if they still have it.
                My fave, although, not really a green chili place, is Carolinas. There are 2 locations...the one I go to is in the barrio, just of downtown. Total dive, but wonderful food. Their salsa is to die for.

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                1. re: tattud_gurl

                  Now I'm going to have to go try the green chili at Arriba. Disgusting? Really?

                  1. re: johnseberg

                    I had a similar thought. Assuming one is starting with decent chiles and meat, it's pretty hard to screw up green chile. But I suppose people have found ways to do it.

                    1. re: hohokam

                      Yeah, I never met a green chili I didn't like. I also have a strange desire to try something that somebody vaguely says is particularly bad (no offense, tattud_gurl).

                      1. re: johnseberg

                        None taken. Their food seems too cheesey.....literally. That's all I can come up with...they overpower with cheese

                        1. re: tattud_gurl

                          they do mix the new mexican with the sonoran without shame. But the basic burros don't have that problem. Enchiladas and chimis though, serious queso action.

                2. i know this may sound bad, but for what it's worth try the chevron on 3rd st and indian school. there is a mexican grill inside. the green chile isnt bad. its not as good as my wifes homemade green chile, but it does have its merits. it is not always available so go after 9am, and before 5. i say that because they do run out.

                  1. Had a very good green chile stew recently at New Mexican Grill in Chandler (Queen Creek and Glibert Rd). This is a 2nd outpost with original at Lindsey and Pecos in Gilbert. Comes with fry bread (bonus!).

                    Can't find a website but here is the MXSW announcement.