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BriNal Mar 30, 2011 06:19 PM

I'm staying off of Rt. 17 and Thomas Rd. I have a car, so distance is not a big deal.

  1. azhotdish Mar 30, 2011 09:44 PM

    Border (Sonoran) or something further south? Casual or more upscale?

    1. johnseberg Mar 31, 2011 04:01 AM

      Barrio Cafe
      Los Sombreros
      Los Dos Molinos
      Mariscos Playa Hermosa

      Lots of old threads on this topic.

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      Barrio Cafe
      2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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

      Mariscos Playa Hermosa
      1605 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

      Los Dos Molinos
      8646 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

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        biga290 Apr 17, 2011 09:11 AM

        gallo blanco in the clarendon hotel.

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          johnseberg May 15, 2011 08:41 AM

          Adding link (and I agree)

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          Gallo Blanco Cafe
          401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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            jezebeljones Jun 2, 2011 02:31 PM

            Gallo Blanco is truly yummy. Just reviewed the menu again, and had forgotten about their all day huevos rancheros. I'll have to take my date there--that's his fave. Thanx chowhounds!

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            Gallo Blanco Cafe
            401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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          AzDumpling May 16, 2011 08:04 AM

          Best Upscale Mexican inspired food – Los Sombreros

          Best New Mexican Inspired food – Los Dos Molinos

          Best Cheesy, Goopy Sonoran – Popo’s Fiesta Del Sol(Indian School Location)

          Best Tortillas – Carolinas on Mohave

          Best Mexican Seafood – Mariscos Playa Hermosa

          Best Mexican Food Truck – La Frontera

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          Mariscos Playa Hermosa
          1605 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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            aynrandgirl May 17, 2011 02:11 AM

            How does "cheesy, goopy, Sonoran" differ from "cheesy, goopy, Tex-Mex"?

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              AzDumpling May 17, 2011 06:50 AM

              Lack of Velveeta.

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                aynrandgirl May 17, 2011 03:57 PM

                Lots of good Tex-Mex doesn't use Velveeta, it uses real Cheddar. Does Sonoran use the same kind of sauces that Tex-Mex does?

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                  kmarg May 17, 2011 05:28 PM

                  More chile, less pico de gallo. Tex-Mex usually seems to use more chutney-like salsas. Sonoran uses straight up red chile and enchilada sauces. also Tex-Mex leans towards grilled meets, where sonoran leans toward simmered. Sonoran also tends to be spicier, but that may just be my experience.

                  1. re: aynrandgirl
                    Bill Hunt May 18, 2011 08:04 PM

                    With Tex-Mex, the sauces are usually more beef-based, rather than tomato-based.

                    The cheeses can differ dramatically, as can the amount of fresh tomatoes in/on many dishes. Tex-Mex usually will blanc the onions, while Sonoran will likely serve them raw. There are other differences, but they get into some fine details, an will likely differ by family recipes, and the chef.

                    Enjoy,

                    Hunt

            2. twodogs May 16, 2011 08:48 PM

              Rosita's Place 2310 E. McDowell

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

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                lascheck Jun 4, 2011 12:56 PM

                If you are looking to try some less traditional mexican food, I would definitely recommend The Mission in old town Scottsdale. I wouldn't really consider it mexican due to the lack to refried beans and rice, it has some mexican and latin influence. Every meal I have had there was unique and delicious. They have a great atmosphere and I've also heard they do a tasty brunch that I have not yet tried.

                Also, if you are looking for very authentic and traditional Mexican Food and you don't mind the atmosphere, the food court at Pro Ranch Market can't really be beat. It's as authentic and fresh as can be.

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                Phoenix Ranch Market
                5833 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

                The Mission
                3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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