8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants: Best of Phoenix 2012

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Jackie Mercandetti
Tacos Atoyac
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If you've lived outside of Arizona, you know how great the Mexican food here really is. Just try finding good Mexican food in New England. Still, not all our Mexican restaurants are created equal. In fact they can run the gamut from downright nasty to out-of-this-world fantastic. Here's this year's list of the best Mexican restaurants in the greater Phoenix area. Now get eating.

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Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, Central Phoenix: Tacos Atoyac

The abundance of Sonoran-style Mexican eateries is plainly clear in the Valley. But finding comida oaxaqueña, Oaxacan food from southwestern Mexico, takes a bit more work. Thank the dynamic duo of Oaxacan Pablo Lopez and Chilean-born Dan Maldonado for bringing their bare-bones taco shop to north Central Phoenix -- where the food's served up street-style, fast and flavorful, and at jaw-droppingly low prices. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.

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Jackie Mercandetti
El Reconcito del D.F.
Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, North Phoenix: El Rinconcito del D.F.

This is the kind of place you could drive by every day on your way to work and never notice. In fact, we'd passed it by numerous times without giving it a second thought, until one day, the light bulb went off over our head. And are we ever glad we popped in to this Sunnyslope outpost, just south of Let It Roll bowling alley (a Best of Phoenix favorite). It's cash-only, it's no-frills, it's dirt-cheap, and, if you're lucky, you may see an employee rend a cooked goat as you chow down on awesome Mexico City street food such as tacos, burritos, tortas, and huaraches. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.

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Jackie Mercandetti
Los Taquitos
Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, South Phoenix: Los Taquitos

Normally, when we hear the words "Guy Fieri," we wanna stick a hot relish fork in our eye -- twice. Still, for whatever reason, the Fieri seal of approval does seem to help some deserving Valley eateries. Case in point: this small, strip-mall storefront in Ahwatukee. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, Downtown Phoenix: Rito's

To those in the know (and that's more and more all the time), this award probably comes as little surprise, because this is one of downtown's true gems. There's no signage to speak of, there's no place to sit inside, the menu is tiny, it's open for only a couple of hours a day, and it takes only cash. Sounds like a real pain in the ass, huh? Well, maybe, but the line out the door at lunchtime indicates that it's worth it. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.


Location Info

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Rinconcito del D.F.

8901 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Taquitos Grill

4747 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rito's Mexican Food

907 N. 14th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mama Lupitas

6550 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Taquitos Jalisco

437 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Tlacoyo

2535 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Jalisco

3060 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Sindi -- It's a compilation from our Best Of issue.

Steven Hester
Steven Hester

Carolinas, Guadalajara, and The New Mexican Grill in Gilbert...how are none of these on the list?

Karen Tataryn-Savio
Karen Tataryn-Savio

The best Mexican food I've had out here has been atTia Rosa in Mesa and Abuelo's in Chandler.

Rick Rodinis
Rick Rodinis

Rosita's is the bomb! I tried Taco's Atoyac today, but they are not open today.

Nancy Hill
Nancy Hill

Tacos Atoyac - less than 1/2 mile from my home... soooo good - addicted to Carne Asada tacos and Mole.

Diane D'Angelo
Diane D'Angelo

So did you guys give them a deal on ads for the BOP award?

David James
David James

Well, definitely Tacos Atoyac, but also Pepe's Taco Villa!

Sindi Stack
Sindi Stack

Didn't this article just run a couple months ago?

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