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countgrog Apr 25, 2011 08:15 AM

I am coming to Phoenix in a few weeks for a conference at the Arizona Grand Resort, most meals will be provided but my wife is joining me and not attending the conference. We are Diner, Drive Ins and Dives kind of eaters, nothing fancy just good fresh food andon the cheaper side if possoble also any must eat at hole in the walls.

  1. johnseberg Apr 25, 2011 04:02 PM

    Mariscos Sinaloa
    3135 South 48th St # 110, Tempe, AZ
    (602) 414-0006

    A similar place is San Diego Bay, but, I haven't been there is a very long time. I would go to these places more often, but, it is not my neighborhood, and similar choices are closer to me.

    San Diego Bay Restaurant
    9201 S Avenida Del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ 85283

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    1. re: johnseberg
      johnseberg Apr 25, 2011 04:14 PM

      Also, there is a duplicate place link for San Diego Bay:

      Follow both place links to find similar posts that may be helpful. Just be sure to check for the most current address of the restaurants mentioned in older posts, and that they're still open.

      San Diego Bay Restaurant
      9201 S Avenida Del Yaqui Ste 11, Guadalupe, AZ 85283

    2. Beach Chick Apr 25, 2011 08:59 AM

      Carolina's Mex near the Airport..


      1. hohokam Apr 25, 2011 08:35 AM

        I'm not familiar with what, if any, good inexpensive options are available in that part of town, but central Tempe, downtown Phoenix, and midtown-ish Phoenix offer some good choices.

        Haji Baba (inexpensive, tasty Middle Eastern food)
        El Pollo Supremo (Mexican-style grilled chicken and fixins)
        Restaurant Mexico (central Mexico style Mexican food)

        Downtown Phoenix
        Matt's Big Breakfast (high quality American breakfast & lunch fare--avoid peak times)
        LoLo's Chicken and Waffles (fried chicken, soul food, and of course, waffles)

        Midtown-ish Phoenix
        Pho Thanh (wide-ranging Vietnamese menu)
        Tacos Atoyac (taqueria with southern/central Mexican leanings)
        Gallo Blanco Cafe (slightly upscale takes on central Mexican standards)

        I'm sure I'm missing some obvious choices, but this should get the ball rolling.

        PS. I'll come back with place links for Tacos Atoyac, Haji Baba, & LoLo's

        Matt's Big Breakfast
        801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

        Restaurant Mexico
        423 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

        El Pollo Supremo
        221 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

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

        Restaurant Mexico
        423 S Mill Ave # A, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Pho Thanh
        1702 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015

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        1. re: hohokam
          hohokam Apr 25, 2011 06:55 PM

          Adding place links and one more suggestion.

          Sonora Mesquite Grill is a bit closer than some of the other Phoenix options. They offer very good carne asada and barbacoa tacos and guacamole. They take particular pride in their asada, but I actually thought that their barbacoa was more interesting and a very good example of the preparation when compared to other restaurants around town.

          Place links:

          Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles
          10 W Yuma St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

          Haji-Baba Middle Eastern
          1513 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

          Tacos Atoyac
          1830 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

          Sonora Mesquite Grill
          4613 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

          1. re: hohokam
            countgrog Apr 26, 2011 10:00 AM

            Lolo's Chicken & Waffles looks intriguing, is it in an OK partof town? Looks close to the airport

            1. re: countgrog
              hohokam Apr 26, 2011 10:20 AM

              The area is pretty run down, but I don't think I would feel unsafe right there around the restaurant, especially during daylight hours. But then again, I've lived comfortably in areas that some people consider (erroneously IMO) to be dangerous.

              My policy in these matters is to tell people to use their own judgment.

              1. re: countgrog
                AnonymousWaitress Apr 26, 2011 11:16 AM

                I've always felt perfectly safe there but I wouldn't stray more than half a block from the restaurant late at night. I used to worry but repeatedly have shown up at night and seen brand new range rover's, mercedes, etc. (this was back in the day when lolo's was open until 1 am too).

            2. re: hohokam
              countgrog May 15, 2011 08:15 AM

              Lolos Chicken and Waffles was GREAT!! Good food it was packed and they only had 2 people working but we still got served pretty quickly. No problem with the area either. We were stuck at the resort most of the time and our other adventures out were not as good. Aunt Chiladsas on the resort property was OK.

              1. re: hohokam
                luegar May 20, 2011 06:45 AM

                In Tempe almost next to Haji Baba is Khai Hoan, the best Pho I've ever tried (even compared to Orange County).

                Los Taquitos have to be mentioned in Tempe.

                Asadedor el Toro in McDowell & 17th Ave. for good carne asada

                I agree with Matt's, best burger ever.

                I also second Pollo Supremo....stick with the chicken, its the best.

                Los Reyes de la Torta, 7th Street just north of Dunlap.....a drive but well worth it.

                Khai Hoan
                1537 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

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

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