Carne Asada from Sonora Mesquite Grill

Categories: Taco the Town
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Flickr- mrkalolo
Now that looks like one delicious carne asada.
Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the valley.

This week: Carne Asada served up by Sonora Mesquite Grill

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Erica O'Neil
The carne burrito from Sonora Mesquite Grill.
¿Como se dice?: Carne asada may just be a beefy filling to most folks ordering it off the menu in taco or burrito form. But to anyone that has attended or thrown a Carne Asada in their backyard? That means something entirely different. A carne asada is a Mexican-style barbeque that's the perfect excuse to drink cold Negra Modelo and Tecate while citrus marinated steak from the local carniceria grills poolside. Nobody likes firing up a hot grill when the mercury climbs into triple digits though. Luckily, Sonora Mesquite Grill is on hand with their self-proclaimed "Best Carne Asada This Side of the Border."

(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)

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Erica O'Neil
Mesquite smoked carne asada tacos with a side of killer charro beans--best we've ever had.
La Comida: We made our own carne asada sampler platter out of the two taco plate and a burrito on the side. (Because a burrito on the side is kind of how we roll--get it?) Add some meaty charro beans, chunky guacamole, and a trio of flavorful salsas and what do you get? An impromptu carne asada in the middle of your living room--no hard work or grilling required. If you're feeling decadent, add a mango raspado on the side.
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Erica O'Neil
The more the merrier. Salsas and guacamole from Sonora Mesquite Grill.
El Sabor: The carne asada at Sonora Mesquite Grill is true to their roots, Sonoran-style steak marinated and grilled to juicy perfection. The caramelization on the meat made it crunchy and tender at the same time. Slightly sweet and smoky from the citrus marinade laced with cumin, chiles, and the smoke from a hot mesquite grill. Top your tacos with cilantro, pico, and your choice of guac 'n' salsas. Same goes for the burritos!

Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: Ranch Pro Markets and Food City will have absolutely everything you need for a successful at home carne asada. (Heck, even Fry's will have all the basic ingredients.) Plus it's more than likely that you have a carniceria in your neighborhood that you've never stepped foot into. Take one of these summertime lazy days to explore your local Mexican meat mart and walk away with some damn fine carne fit for a friends and family feast.

Know of any Mexican gems in the valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.

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This place is awesome! Heard about it on Yelp and tried it- it was amazing. Easily the best in PHX. America's used to have the title- but no longer! Also this place is run buy a Mom and her son, and they're very sweet. Oh- don't miss the fresh lemonade- it's perfect.

Dacosta415
Dacosta415

you should visit Sonora Mesquite grill!! they are located on 46th street & Thomas rd. in phoenix Arizona

Erica O.
Erica O.

It's located behind the Coco's just east of 44th Street on Thomas. Blink and you'll miss it! 

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