8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Joseph Maddon
Asadero Norte De Sonora's pastor tacos.
There are few places in the states where you can find the quality of Mexican food that Phoenix has. We spent the past year putting together a list of the best places for authentic Mexican cuisine for this year's Best of Phoenix® edition.

What follows are the eight best neighborhood Mexican restaurants in the metro Phoenix area. Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make a list for the next time you need a taco or chimichanga fix.

See Also: Best of Phoenix 2013: Food & Drink (Slideshow)

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Central Phoenix: Asadero Norte De Sonora

Have you had the chicken burro at Asadero Norte De Sonora? Because if you haven't, you're missing out on a kind of chicken burro nirvana -- a piece of wrapped paradise in the form of stellar shredded bits of mesquite chicken, frijoles, shredded cabbage, and creamy guacamole. Read more here.

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Laura Hahnefeld
Rito's Mexican Food is our go-to spot for green chili beef -- in chimi or burro form.
Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Downtown Phoenix: Rito's Mexican Food

For the longest time, this 36-year-old neighborhood staple in Central Phoenix had pared down its menu to just its famous green chili and red chili burros. Not that anyone was complaining. When you serve essentially just two dishes (and a couple of variations on each) and the lines are still out the door, you're doing something right. Rito's Mexican Food is definitely doing something right. Read more here.

Location Info

Asadero Norte De Sonora

122 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rito's Mexican Food

907 N. 14th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill

1507 W. Hatcher Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Sombreros

2534 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Dos Molinos

8646 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

La Merced

855 W. University Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Tlacoyo

2535 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fajardo's Cafe

6706 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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41 comments
tctw
tctw

I don't understand how 122 N. 16th St ( Asadero Norte De Sonora) which is further south than 907 N. 14th St (Rito's Mexican Food) is considered Central Phoenix while Rito's is Downtown Phoenix?

lnaalba1
lnaalba1

La 15 Y Salsas website has disappeared and I tried calling them and nobody answered the phone?????????????

Alexis Martorello
Alexis Martorello

El Nortano on 7th Ave & Roosevelt! Cash only & you can only sit outside in an enclosed area, but TOTALLY worth it!

Ang Titus
Ang Titus

Comedor Guadalajara is phenomenal.

Alan Van
Alan Van

I only see the South Phx Los Dos...

David Heward
David Heward

Hate to tell you folks this, but we have much better Mexican food at ANY of our restaurants in Holbrook AZ than can be found anywhere in Phoenix. Come to Holbrook sometime and try it! But if I have to choose one... it would be Los Dos Molinos.

Mindy Haskins
Mindy Haskins

So Phoenix gets broken up into four sections but Gilbert/Mesa/Chandler/Tempe/San Tan is categorized into one section (Southeast Valley)? I dunno about that ...

Kelcie K. Franklin
Kelcie K. Franklin

LOS DOS MOLINOS!!! New Mexican Chili...so you know it's legit (The chili is NOT weak.)

John S Hershey
John S Hershey

Dan Martinez- the Mexican food we have here in AZ is called TexMex. I agree, it is not "real" Mexican food, but you have to look at what part of Mexico your talking about also. Different regions have different types of food. And btw, Chimichangas where "invintes" in Tucson by a Mexican.lady who accidentally dropped a burrito into her deep fryer. The only "real" Mexican food we have here (items from Mexico) are Nanchos, that was created after hours in a restraunt in Mexico for a couple of American GIs that entered the restraunt....

Dan Martinez
Dan Martinez

All this Mexican food, with the exception of the taco shown in the photo, looks like shit. For a big city with a large Mexican population, Phoenix falls well short of having an abundance of good Mexican food. Example 1 - using Monterrey jack and cheddar cheese to garnish oily beans is not real Mexican food. Example 2 - a burrito the size of your head is not real Mexican food. Example 3 - chimichanga is not real Mexican food. Other big cities with awesome Mexican food are L.A., San Francisco and Chicago.

Mary Grifford
Mary Grifford

Love love Ritos!! Keep up the good work Charlotte!!

Sergio Macias Lujan
Sergio Macias Lujan

Ive been to elmers in chandler thier beans are Gold..Carolinas everything Will always be the Bomb,and the taco stand la hacienda has great tacos and quesodillas...great post game dback stop.

Rosie Aguilar
Rosie Aguilar

Tacos Atoyac! Even its a very small place its food its da bomb!! I love it! Northeast corner of 19th ave n Glendale next to 7/11 Highly recommended!

Diana Prieto-Bernal
Diana Prieto-Bernal

Frank & Lupe's in Old Town Scottsdale by far the best! #bestmexicanfood#frankandlupes

James Patrick Harris
James Patrick Harris

Via Delosantos in Sunnyslope & La Condesa/La Santisima are my faves. For what it's worth, Fajitas on I17/Peoria makes the best tortillas in town. Always fresh, a bit thick, straight from the griddle. Yes, better tortillas than any homestyle authentic Mex place in the city. Try their tortillas- you won't be disappointed.

Eryn Wise
Eryn Wise

La Condesa! Or rather, La Santisima.

Tori Forte
Tori Forte

For spicy New Mexican style, Los Dos Molinos. For more traditional Mexican, Rio Rico Mexican Grill.

Roman Calderon
Roman Calderon

Best tacos near downtown are a a lunch truck called "La Hacienda". Its on the north side of Buckeye, between Central and 7th Ave.

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