Taco Guild in Central Phoenix Commits Only Minor Sins on Holy Ground

Categories: First Taste

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Photos by Laura Hahnefeld
Pork adovada, vegetable, and Thai snapper tacos.
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).

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Restaurant: Taco Guild
Location: 546 East Osborn Road
Open: About two weeks
Eats: Tacos
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.

See also: The Two Things to Know About Pizza People Pub in Midtown

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Taco Guild's refurbished church interior mixes nostalgia and modernity.
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.

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Shrimp and scallop ceviche.
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.

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.

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Taco Guild

546 East Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

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12 comments
rubpor502
rubpor502

i can make better carne asada tacos in my sleep.

Scott Hecker
Scott Hecker

Pretty much. I wouldn't even put that on them. It's just way over priced and there is nothing gourmet about it. Go to Gadzooks across the street for some different and decent enchiladas.

Tom Lucas
Tom Lucas

Not exactly a glowing review.

David James
David James

Lawdy! Bethel Methodist's former congregation can be traced back to the 19th century. The actual building, however, is from 1948. Just to clarify.

Scott Hecker
Scott Hecker

With overpriced and mediocre tacos. If you want to pay $4 for a taco, you should do it elsewhere.

Kristen Hug
Kristen Hug

for sure! Consider it added to our wishlist of restaurants! (By the way, I've started a wishlist of restaurants for us to check out!)

Kristen Hug
Kristen Hug

Christopher - this place has just sky rocketed to my top new place to check out!

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