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Jan 21, 2014 12:58 PM

Looking for a casual Mexican Restaurant

My daughter and I are traveling to Phoenix next week. We will be driving from the airport to Strawberry AZ. Can anyone recommend a good casual Mexican restaurant. Will be heading up route 87. Don't wont to travel to far off the hwy,

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  1. I think the best choices are closest to the airport (assuming Sky Harbor Int'l).

    This question has been asked and answered many times. Provide some more input, and I'll help narrow down the many choices.

    1. We will be flying into Sky Harbor int'l. Looking to stop for lunch on our way north. not looking for anything fancy. Love local places that have good food. I dont want to detour to far from the route up north.

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      1. re: sherriesjeans

        My last reply to a similar question works:

        Yet another style of Mexican can be found at Mariscos Playa Hermosa.

        Keep in mind that some places may be closed on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays.

      2. All Mexican restaurants in Phoenix can be considered casual.

        To make things simple for you I would just go to Los Dos Molinos or America's Taco Shop.

        1. Barrio Cafe. Especially as you specified "restaurant" rather than fast food after coming off a flight.

          1. It's Native American rather than Mexican, but close to Route 87 in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community you'll find the Stand. It's an ultra-casual place for fry bread, a regional indulgence worth having at least once during a visit. The address says Scottsdale because that's the nearest post office, but the location is in the heart of the reservation at Alma School and Indian School.


            Other options are available in or near Downtown Mesa, where Route 87 is known as Country Club Drive:

            Mangos Mexican Cafe -- good, casual, AZ-style Sonoran food in the heart of Downtown Mesa. Outdoor patio seating, which would be nice this time of year.


            Republic Empanada -- a casual, order-at-the-counter place for empanadas. Also serves tamales, posole, and other specialties from both Central American and Mexico


            Los Dos Molinos -- fiery New Mexican on Alma School just north of Broadway


            Blue Adobe Grill -- slightly less incendiary New Mexican on Country Club just north of Main