Everyone Knows About This Killer Taco Shop in Mesa, Right?

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Photos by Laura Hahnefeld
Taco de carne asada.
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Tomatoes on the grill.
There are only two kinds of meat at Backyard Taco in Mesa -- carne asada and pollo -- and they're both pretty amazing.

Tender and cooked to perfection over mesquite charcoal with just the right amount of seasoning (so that you still taste the grill), they're served with cabbage, onions, and a nice, smoky red tomato sauce.

And wallet-friendly? Yeah, you could say that.

See also: 10 Best Tacos in Metro Phoenix

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Taco de pollo.
Courtesy of Ruben and Maricela Alvarez, who were born and raised in Mazatlan, Mexico, Backyard Taco opened nine months ago with a simple menu of Mexican snacks that average around $3.50.

You'll want a taco. At just $1.80 apiece, probably a couple of them. Served in a flour or corn tortilla that, like the asado or pollo, gets a trip to the grill, they're satisfyingly simple and pretty much perfect. Elevate the flavors even more with a trip to the salsa bar.

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Besides tacos, there are quesadillas, gorditas, tostadas, or a baked and skinless "crazy potato" with cheese. Sides include chips and salsa or refried beans. Mexican bottled sodas, agua frescas, and fountain drinks provide the refreshment.

Located on the stretch of University Drive between Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road, Backyard Taco sits in a gray A-frame-style building that belies its bright, cheerful interior and welcoming hidden front patio. And it's here that the neighborhood locals who regularly pack the place give in to a taco euphoria the rest of us are just finding out about.

See you there.

Backyard Taco
1524 East University Drive, Mesa
480-464-8226
www.backyardtaco.com

Hours:
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

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Backyard Taco

1524 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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19 comments
San Yo
San Yo

LOVE, LOVE this place!!

Lonnie Kushking
Lonnie Kushking

Don't say Killer and Restaurant in the same sentence.

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett

Isn't that where Max's taste of Philly use to be? Great cheese steaks!

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Favorite at the moment. Too many good taco joints in the Valley to commit to just one.

alleycat27
alleycat27

Haha, you guys know that the lede makes it look like this story is about an E. Coli bust, right? 

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

it's good. but favorite????? hope you include gallo blanco, atoyac or barrio cafe and there are lots of pretty good "hole in the walls" in phoenix too! National taco day is Oct 4 eat a taco!

Roman Calderon
Roman Calderon

Chill out Marissa. I was not criticizing it. Its good. I just said that its expensive compared to others and since you said its Mazatlan Style, I pointed out that they offer flour and Mazatlan does not. For Mesa its great. In my opinion I will take La Hacienda in Phoenix over Backyard any day of the week. The tortillas are better they don't fall apart like Backyard and the Vampiros at Hacienda are Way better. I will go back to Backyard on Tuesday's when the tacos are $1.25.

Marissa Calderon
Marissa Calderon

Omg, offering an option of flour tortillas doesn't make them authentic? I disagree! It's good marketing on their part, doesn't take anything away. I love the simple menu, clean location, family friendly service and fresh ingredients, also their off menu items are quite tasty. I'm glad there are more East Valley taco options.

Roman Calderon
Roman Calderon

Also Backyard Tacos offers corn or flour tortilla. Thats not Sinaloa thats Sonora.No flour tacos in Mazatlan. Meat is very good.

Roman Calderon
Roman Calderon

La hacienda. Buckeye, between Central and 7th street. On Central and Broadway there is another truck. Both places are Sinaloa Style tacos. There are many others.

Marissa Calderon
Marissa Calderon

LOVE Backyard Taco! Where in metro Phx can you get a Mazatlán style taco? Cabbage, tomatoe sauce, etc. ? It's a different type I haven't seen anywhere else.

Roman Calderon
Roman Calderon

Its good. $1.80 for a small taco is expensive though. Lots of just as good places that are cheaper. Mostly in Phoenix.

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