Realeza Michoacana Paleteria and Neveria: The Ice Palace of Confection
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 Mango diablito
The Place: Realeza Michoacana Paleteria and Neveria
The Food: Mexican-style paletas, ice cream, licuados, and assorted icy treats.
The Backstory: It's been around about 15 years, completely family-owned.
The Price: Paletas: $1.50; ice cream: $2.75 - $8; raspados: $3.50.
See also: Seven Spots for Paletas in Greater Phoenix.
Photo by Alex Rodriguez You've always wanted to go inside...
Paletas are God's gift to mankind. Yeah, we invented the wheel and made it to the moon. But paletas... they're a feat all of their own -- and if we tried to trace back their origin, they probably fell from the sky.
A friend of mine recently wrote the following as her Facebook status:
"Oh my God. Why would you consume artificially flavored popsicles (pause) when you can eat a delicious paleta??!?!?!? This coconut paleta with ACTUAL coconut shavings in it is revolutionizing my life right now."
Her Facebook status was updated after I'd returned with Realeza loot. Paletas from there have actual coconut shavings in them. And actual pieces of strawberries. And actual pieces of cantaloupe.
Who can say anything else is better than real fruit in your frozen pop?
If you've raised your hand, put it down and go think about how you can reevaluate your life. Because you are wrong.