Crispy beef tacos weren't offensive, merely unexceptional. Considering how many great taco shops there are along 16th Street, these weren't worth my time. Carne asada was also kind of sad, a huge piece of bland beef resting on a soggy pile of chilaquiles. I wished it had at least been juicy.

And at the end of the meal, I passed on desserts. Really, I had no appetite, and it wasn't because I was full.

Fajitas fail: Tradiciones is nothing like its former self.
Jackie Mercandetti
Fajitas fail: Tradiciones is nothing like its former self.

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Fiesta Grill

1602 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Central Phoenix

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Tradiciones
1602 East Roosevelt Street
602-254-1719
www.tradicionesrestaurant.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Queso fundido: $7.95
Chicken fajitas: $8.95
Carne asada: $8.95
Combination plate: $7.95

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Mike
Mike

Flat

That is the word that describes every dish I've tried at Tradiciones. The menu looks great, but the actual preparations were as bland as anything one might be served at Macayo's.

After 2 visits in 2008, I gave up trying to figure out why this place had such a buzz surrounding it. The value proposition is much better in Ranch Market's deli/food court, where one can get much more flavorful (albeit generally less elegant) food at a fraction of the price.

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Monkeymoan

Smells like dogfood with light salsa.

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Limp
Limp

Iol I couldn't agree more. Last month I went there didn't get my food until 45 minutes after the order had been placed. I had friends from Vegas fly in to visit and wanted them to experience a great redressing with great service, turned out we received nor only cold food almost an hour later, but the waitress never apologized it took the manager to apologize and give us the food free plus dessert. At this point I was done with the place never again . Atleast thank God my friend got his food on time, but with the awkward silence he felt bad eating knowing he was the only one to get his plate out of 7 of us! Worst place ever!

Stephen
Stephen

I have been there a half-dozen times over the past four years and not once had a decent plate of food, a decent drink nor decent service. It escapes me how it ever caught such a buzz.

John
John

I never thought it was all that and a bag of chips. Too many great mexican places to be eating the sludge they serve here at 1.5 tines the price of anyone else.

Happy Texan
Happy Texan

I remember a friend taking me there in 2007 during a business trip to Phoenix and I thought it was some of the best Sonoran style food I ever had. I was going to stop there in December on another business trip, but based on this article, I guess I'll go to Carolina's and get a burrito. Thank you for the article.

khittie
khittie

i've always thought the food there was below par. and their margaritas were dreadful. never liked the place. i wanted to. i gave it a few chances. just never liked the food. i did see don king there one night though. that was fun.

Gurn Blanston
Gurn Blanston

IIRC, they announced that they would no longer be serving freshly-made tortillas at the height of the whole 1070 hubbub, as if we were being spanked for our opinions. At that point, I said goodbye to Tradiciones, I don't need that kind of judgemental shit from people that are trying to get my money.

Looks like others are catching up.

ElExtranjero
ElExtranjero

Remember hearing about the major layoffs Ranch Market did a few months ago because of immigration "paperwork"??? They had to get rid of all the illegals working there, I know, because I knew of some of them. Am only assuming they got rid of most if not all the poeople working the kitchen at the restaurant. Now they've hired a lot of people from South America to work in their stores, so they probably did the same with the restaurant. Not to offend anyone, but South Americans don't cook Mexican food all that well. Not easy to run a kitchen, much less one of that size.

Now am glad I never visited that place. Eventhough am Mexican, I've always found that places like this mostly cater to "I hate you because you're Mexican, but will stuff my face with anything with cheese" white people and do not serve very authentic Mexican food. This crap only seems great to those who don't know any better. Chilaquiles with a blob of American cheese? Please. When I want good Mex I go to my Mom's house or visit some off the wall place.

Jcs64
Jcs64

Looks like racism is alive and well on both sides of the aisle.

Hock
Hock

I recommended Trandicionales to a friend a couple of months ago. He later texted me, asking what he had done to anger me, and stated he thought we were friends. He continued that the food was horrible, and barely edible. I defended my recommendation, saying I had been there many times although it had been a while, and he knew nothing about Mexican food. It appears my recommendation is stale. I feel disappointed and exonerated.

 
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