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What is the best Mexican food in Phoenix?

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

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

    1. 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

      1. gallo blanco in the clarendon hotel.

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        1. re: biga290

          Adding link (and I agree)

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

          1. re: johnseberg

            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

        2. 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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          1. re: AzDumpling

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

            1. re: aynrandgirl

              Lack of Velveeta.

              1. re: AzDumpling

                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?

                1. re: aynrandgirl

                  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

                    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. Rosita's Place 2310 E. McDowell

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

              1. 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