Oaxaca Black Mole Taco from La Santisima: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Heather Hoch
Because mole makes everything better, right?
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

19. Oaxaca Black Mole Taco from La Santisima

See also: 10 Best Tacos in Metro Phoenix

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It took us a while to start calling La Condesa by it's new name-- La Santisima, but luckily for us, that's pretty much the only thing that's different about this delicious taco joint off 16th Street in Phoenix. Located between the cheap and tasty Taco Mich and the iconic Barrio Cafe, La Santisima has a lot of competition in the taco arena, but one taste of the Oaxaca black mole taco will have you adding this spot into your taco rotation.

Moist shredded chicken is smothered in spicy, savory, and rich mole sauce. To balance out those flavors, pickled onion and sesame seeds are sprinkles over top. The whole (rather large) taco is served on a flour tortilla. You can order one for about $4 or a plate, which comes with two tacos and a side of beans and rice for about $9.

It is important to mention two other things about La Santisima though. The first is the generous salsa bar with options like pecan, chipotle, strawberry, and more. The other thing is that, if you go on a weekend, you can and should order the tamarindo margarita made with pulpy housemade tamarind aguas.

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96. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

95. Cannoli from DeFalco's Italian Deli

94. Falafel Sandwich from Al-Hana Restaurant

93. PBLT at Bootleggers

92. Samosa from Little India

91. Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo

90. Brunch Burger from Orange Table

89. Duck Fat Fries from Bourbon Steak

88. Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca

87. Carne Adovada Enchiladas from Los Dos Molinos

86. Maple Bacon Doughnut from Rainbow Donuts

85. Pad Khing from Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

84. Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs

82. Lemon Bars from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

81. Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express

80. Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady

79. Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora

78. Black Licorice from Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

77. Cracker Jack from House of Tricks

76. Chicken Achari Curry from Curry Corner

75. Lavender Berry Lemonade Popsicle from AZ Pops

74. Truffle Bikini from The Tavern

73. Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad Sandwich from Essence Bakery Cafe

72. Oaxaca Special Burro from Carolina's

71. Texas Po' Boy from Texas BBQ House

70. Thai Noodle Soup from RedThai

69. Breakfast Sandwich from Lux Central

68. Deep Fried Duck with Taro from Hong Kong Asian Diner

67. Chicken Pot Pie from The Duce

66. Alfajores from El Chullo

65. Chashu Ramen from Sushi Ken

64. Yukon Gold from The Parlor Pizzeria

63. Crispy Pig Ears from Bar Crudo

62. French Fries from Cafe Bink, Bink's Midtown, and Bink's Scottsdale

61. Croissant Bread Pudding from Ollie Vaughn's

60. Kale Caesar Salad from Original ChopShop Co.

59. Chilaquiles from La Tolteca

58. Farmstead Goat Milk Caramel from The Simple Farm

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56. Paitan Ramen from Umami

55. Nopales and Longaniza Taco from El Tlacoyo

54. Chicken Feet from Great Wall Cuisine

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52. The Lady from Short Leash Dogs

51. Pork Belly Pibil from The Mission

50. Mixed Grill from Copper Kettle

49. Oxtail Noodle Soup from China Magic Noodle House

48. Two Meat Plate from Little Miss BBQ

47. PB&B Burger from Welcome Diner

46. West Lake Soup from New Hong Kong Restaurant

45. Short Rib Hot Pot from Lucky's King Wah

44. Ful Medames from A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea

43. Spinach Spaetzle from Beckett's Table

42. Onion Rings at Joe's Farm Grill

41. No. 2 Crepe from Jobot Coffee

40. Buttterfish Tataki from Roka Akor

39. Grilled Octopus from Virtu Honest Craft

38. Boricua from Republica Empanada

37. Lil' Amadi from Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles

36. Basil Lime Sorbet from Sweet Republic

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34. Regina Margherita D.O.C. from La Piazza Locale

33. Blackberry Vinegar Pie from Pig & Pickle

32. Bruschetta Board from Postino

31. Marilyn Monroe Milkshake from Bertie's Vintage

30. Falafel from Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli

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28. Shrimp Burrito from Phoenix Burrito House

27. The Chop & Chick from Matt's Big Breakfast

26. Sam Gyup Sahl from Cafe Ga Hyang

25. Sonoran Dog from Nogales Hot Dogs

24. Bastila from Alzohour

23. Bánh Mì from Lee's Sandwiches

22. Alaskan King Crab from Angry Crab Shack

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20. Phnom Penh Noodle Soup from Reathrey Sekong

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Location Info

La Santisima

1919 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Taco Mich

1602 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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I refuse to acknowledge the new name of la condesa.

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