Chicharron de Queso made a fun, unusual snack. It was basically a thin layer of cheese cooked into a golden disc that was folded into a cylinder and presented upright (though slightly lopsided) on a plate. My dining companion and I instinctively tore the thing apart and dunked the chewy, crispy pieces in spicy aji aioli, not knowing when to stop. Grilled corn was awesome, too — sweet, smothered in cotija crumbles, and sprinkled with smoked paprika.

Gallo Blanco also serves breakfast, and a filling one at that — how about a torta packed with scrambed eggs, avocado, and chorizo, or an eggs-and-chorizo plate teamed with creamy refried beans and a stack of hot tortillas? At the moment, I'm dreaming of the spicy huevos rancheros, chased with a shot of espresso and sweetened condensed milk.

Nobody ever orders dessert with breakfast, but my favorite dulce on the Gallo Blanco menu also happens to be available all day: crepas con cajeta. That is, fresh crepes topped with sliced bananas, heady caramel sauce, and whipped crema fresca, which added the perfect tangy complexity to an otherwise sweet concoction. So, so good.

A hip, urban vibe, tasty Mexico City-style eats, and great specialty cocktails are just a few reasons to visit new Gallo Blanco Cafe at the Clarendon Hotel.
Jackie Mercandetti
A hip, urban vibe, tasty Mexico City-style eats, and great specialty cocktails are just a few reasons to visit new Gallo Blanco Cafe at the Clarendon Hotel.

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Gallo Blanco Cafe

401 W. Clarendon Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Central Phoenix

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Torta: $7
Taco: $2
House salad: $6
Crepas con cajeta: $4
602-274-4774
www.galloblancocafe.com
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Gallo Blanco Café
In the Clarendon Hotel
401 West Clarendon Avenue

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For something decadent after dinner, I liked the thick chocolate pudding with shards of graham cracker and a dollop of homemade marshmallow fluff. And mixed fresh fruit topped with whipped crema fresca tasted like something I could snack on anytime.

Usually, it only takes one really good dish to lure me back to a restaurant. Gallo Blanco's so tasty I might just have to check into the Clarendon.

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hughie
hughie

hey this is a hip place. good food good price and service was good! I had the half chicken with fries really tastyfriend had the huge burger and fries he ate the whole thing.check it out

Eduardo Robson
Eduardo Robson

As Doug's proud father, I have lived with his talent for many years, and can absoloutly guarantee that he is fantastic. I think I put on about 5 pounds just from reading the article. I am proud to see that he is making as great an impact on the landscape of Phoenix, as he has on the lives of all the people around him.

�Viva la vida loca! ER

Dan
Dan

Gallo Blanco is outstanding. Some of the best tacos you will ever eat. Torta's are amazing too.

 
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