8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants: Best of Phoenix 2012
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.
Jackie Mercandetti Tacos Atoyac
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.
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.
Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, North Phoenix: El Rinconcito del D.F.
Jackie Mercandetti El Reconcito 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.
Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, South Phoenix: Los Taquitos
Jackie Mercandetti 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.