Taco Guild in Central Phoenix Commits Only Minor Sins on Holy Ground
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Photos by Laura Hahnefeld Pork adovada, vegetable, and Thai snapper tacos.
Restaurant: Taco Guild
Location: 546 East Osborn Road
Open: About two weeks
Price: $11 to $30 per person
Taco Guild in Central Phoenix is a kind of spiritual vision of a gastropub, a grand room of stained glass windows, soaring wood beams, and an altar that serves as a bar for top-quality tequila and cold craft beers.
Occupying a former 19th-century church at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Osborn Road, it's the latest project from the folks at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, the Scottsdale-based restaurant chain.
Taco Guild's well-blended mix of nostalgia and modernity is as welcoming as it is unique, embracing the idea of sustainability and repurposing of space in a way that's not often seen in plow-it-down Phoenix. And when you push through the door, you can't help but stop and stare -- even after the hostess has shown you to your table.
Taco Guild's refurbished church interior mixes nostalgia and modernity.
Like the building itself, Taco Guild's casual upscale menu, a tidy listing of starters, tacos, and sides, is a mix of the traditional with more of-the-moment sensibilities. So if your idea of a proper Mexican antojito involves regional ingredients and a price tag of around two or three bucks, you'll probably have better luck someplace else.
Shrimp and scallop ceviche.
The complimentary chips and salsa are very good, even better when you know you can skip a starter of fresh but forgettable ceviche ($9.95) in lieu of another helping (or a second libation) from your friendly server.