Lunch Under $10 at Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups in Phoenix

Categories: Budget Beat

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Heather Hoch
The diagram menu of how to order at Gadzooks -- study before you enter.
If you've ever spent a long, lonely night wishing that Chipotle made enchiladas (and soup), your wildest dreams have come true. Gadzooks has a create-it-yourself vibe with options like tacos, chopped salads and "ladas." Or you can just go for the housemade tortilla soup. If you're following the process thus far, just wait because things are about to take a turn for the complicated.

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Heather Hoch
Our enchilada creation from Gadzooks.
After you choose what form of food you want, you then choose your tortilla -- hand-pressed in house corn or half flour and half corn tortillas. Then you choose your filling. There are eight, so we'll spare you all of the details, but one highlight is Modelo-braised bison. We picked guajillo-braised short ribs and smashed jack potatoes to accompany our all corn tortillas this time, which was $6.75 for the pair of enchiladas.

Then we added our sauce (there's a choice of green or red) and our cheese (there's a choice of asadero or chihuahua), and then it went in the oven to cook for a few minutes. Then we added more toppings, such as salsas, guac, crema, pickled onions and more, and a $1 additional fried egg. Finally, after about 10 minutes of counter diliberations and explanations, we got to eat.

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Heather Hoch
$7.75 is a pretty good deal for the quality and quantity of enchiladas you get from Gadzooks. Everything is clearly made fresh in-house and with care. While the service was admittedly "obnoxious" (their words and mine), we're more concerned with how that line would look and how long it would take to get through it during a rush. Even if you know exactly what you want, it still takes a couple of minutes to assemble and a couple more to cook -- imagine that times a line of 20 people.

While everything tasted great in our lada, despite the corn tortillas being thick and chewy, all of the add-ons made it more like Gadzooks' soup than anything. We're not blaming anyone for that but our own toppings greed, but we are warning you to keep it simple or it'll get soupy.

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Gadzooks

3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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I tried it last week, wasn't bad... not great, but not bad either. Prices were reasonable enough but the ordering process seemed to confuse people (not me, I'm not a moron like most) and it took about 5 minutes to get from beginning to register as the two groups in front of me (as well as people behind me) had to question EVERY little thing on the menu. I think unless the speed of ordering gets better, this will be tough during busy hours.

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