Filiberto's vs. Rivas: Carne Asada Fries Challenge
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.
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.