Filiberto's vs. Rivas: Carne Asada Fries Challenge

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Josh Chesler
The carne asada fries at Filiberto's are a late-night staple for college students and young adults.

With the popularity of adding French fries into Mexican food (i.e. the California Burrito), it's no surprise that carne asada fries have grown in popularity in recent years. The combination of French fries, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and carne asada can be found at any number of greasy Mexican drive-through spots, so we picked two local chains/Phoenix staples to compare.

See also: Salty Señorita v. Loco Patron: Scottsdale's Chicken Nachos Showdown

In This Corner: Filiberto's Mexican Food

The Setting: Filiberto's is the standard when it comes to late-night greasy Mexican food. With locations all over the Valley, the interior at each one is pretty much guaranteed to be small, tan and vaguely discomforting. For the most part, Filiberto's is used as a drive-through at 3 a.m. though, so the interior really doesn't matter.

The Good: The true wonder behind Filiberto's carne asada fries is how they prevent them from getting soggy despite all of the grease and density of the toppings. Texturally, this mountain of food provides a nice variety, as the creamy guacamole offsets the chewiness of the meat. We found that these fries were best eaten by mixing all of the ingredients together to get a full range of the Mexican textures and flavor.

The Bad: In our opinion, almost all of the food at Filiberto's tastes more or less the same. The carne asada fries are slightly tastier than the average Filiberto's dish, but that might just be due to the large combination of foods served in a single Styrofoam container. Also, while it's to be expected, the level of greasiness of the cheese, sour cream and meat was about as high as a human could possibly tolerate.

Location Info

Filiberto's Cantina

7111 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rivas Mexican Food

240 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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81 comments
bigdipperaz
bigdipperaz

both these places hurt my stomach no matter what I order. Drive further west down Southern to 48th St. and stop at Vaquero's. That place is the straight biz. And Los Favoritos on Broadway and Dorsey. mmmmmmm

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

I don't think most of us are divisive over which is better, Filibertos or Rivas. I think most of us are wondering why you're reporting this, after the really stupid article about the "foods that Chowbella won't eat". Does chowbella appeal to foodies, or is it's target audience late night people who have the munchies. I love comfort food too, but is this worth an article? Especially after the really asinine one?

Bill Schatz
Bill Schatz

FiliB's varies by location. I'd say the best FiliB CAF would take the W, but Rivas would probably beat out their average. Of course, the only time I eat CAF is around 3am after a night of binge drinking, it all tastes good at that point.

Lynne Couchman
Lynne Couchman

Filibertos and the secret is to top the carne asada fries with pico de gallo and hot sauce. The pico de gallo sets off all the flavors.

Yolanda Esquer
Yolanda Esquer

Neither, I have seen the kitchens in these places. Eww

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

first chowbella tells us she won't eat sushi anymore, despite that fact that Phoenix has some of the best sushi chefs in the business. Then we see them posting about mishmash food from crummy "flytrap" chains.

eurasia a
eurasia a

Rivas Kyrene n Southern bomb.com

Carina Amante
Carina Amante

Uh oh!!! I'd have to do a side by side... From memory - Rivas!!!

David Martinez
David Martinez

This is gross. A mishmash of food for sorry eaters.

Robert Hanks
Robert Hanks

There is another Rivas at 75th ave and Indian School

Lindsey Warren
Lindsey Warren

Brittany Richardson Let's venture to Riva's this weekend!!

Kafi Marsden
Kafi Marsden

I didn't even know Riva's had Carne Asada Fries. I'll have to check theirs out to compare.

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

Oh sweet demons in the depths... I am pregnant, and the thought of Carne Asada ON Fries... Has now become.. the most delightful, wonderful, beautiful thought on food ever... YUM!

Manny Rodriguez
Manny Rodriguez

Filiberto's. One day me and my friend saw a guy take out a bucket of salsa, opened it, and stuck his whole arm in it to stir it. Never went back. Happened at a Rivas.

Michael O'Hara
Michael O'Hara

I would like to see some more stuff about local foods with origins in Phoenix. Carne Asada fries are from San Diego. Sonoran hot dogs are from Tucson. Tell me about what Phoenix does!

Brandon Wilson
Brandon Wilson

You pick the two worst 2 holeinthewall Mexican joints in the whole valley...

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