La Condesa: Great Eats, but that Wait is Rough
Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.
Photo by Alex Rodriguez Tacos at La Condesa.
The Place: La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
The Food: Casual specialties from various parts of Mexico.
The Backstory: An up-ish-scale taco shop that promotes local artists.
The Price: $4-5 per taco
I was really excited about La Condesa - mostly because every time I found myself on 16th Street, I'd pass it right up and not realize it until I was blocks away. That added to the element of surprise on my first visit (and the first time I didn't pass it up.) Victory!
Photo by Alex Rodriguez La Condesa from the street. Photo by Alex Rodriguez La Condesa interior.
It's a space not for the claustrophobic. But as much as it is tiny, it's decorated with every single detail in mind. The bar stools, for one, have gorgeous hide cushions, with bronze (or bronze-looking) buttons. The bar itself maybe seats 10, and if you make it there during happy hour, you mustn't forget to order the house margarita -- one of best margaritas you'll ever have (it was for me, at least).
Photo by Alex Rodriguez House Margarita
Be prepared to wait.