If a taco isn't your favorite vehicle for Mexican street food, follow the main ingredients to the tortas and tamales. Like the tacos, they both include the slaw mix. I found my barbacoa taco just as tasty inside the crusty, white sandwich roll of the torta, especially with the addition of a black bean spread and fresh roasted poblanos. Ditto on the slow-roasted pork, this time as an ahogado, or "drowned," sandwich dipped in Vitamin T's signature broth (fork, please!) and accompanied by pickled red onions, avocado slices, and chile de árbol sauce.

Get ready for a bit of the unconventional when it comes to the tamales. Unlike the traditional Mexican fare of seasoned meat wrapped in masa and steamed in cornhusks, Vitamin T's tamales are served open-face on a banana leaf. No worries. Close your eyes if need be and go again with the tasty pibil or barbacoa served with chile de árbol and queso fresco — or switch the two flavor powerhouses over to caramelos (meat-stuffed quesadillas) served with Chihuahua cheese, grilled onions, jalapeños, and queso fresco. The distinctive flavors remain the same — it's just the delivery that's different.

Jicama and spicy carrot pickles did what they could to enliven the menu's salads. The Sonoran dog, bacon-wrapped and topped with slaw along with mustard, mayo, jalapeño sauce, grilled and raw onions, and black bean spread on a cushy bolillo roll, is the odd man out on this menu, an unnecessary departure from the Ts.

Chef Aaron May gets Mexican street food down to a T — four of them, in fact.
Jackie Mercandetti
Chef Aaron May gets Mexican street food down to a T — four of them, in fact.

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Vitamin T

1 E. Washington St., Ste 175
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Category: Restaurant > Fast Casual

Region: Central Phoenix

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Vitamin T
1 East Washington Street
602-688-8168
www.eatmoretacos.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Taco: $2.50 each/3 for $7
Torta: $7
Tamale: $5
Sonoran hot dog: $6

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I want downtown Phoenix to thrive. Aaron May must, too, or else he wouldn't have stuck Vitamin T smack dab in the middle of it. And if his simple menu of Mexican street food isn't the sole key to downtown's success, it sure can be a tasty part of it.

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Concerned Taco Fan
Concerned Taco Fan

I'm surprised you were actually allowed to post something positive about *anything* in CityScape...I'm sure 900 negative articles will follow to even everything out..

Downtown Fan
Downtown Fan

You are right about downtown and cityscape. Most of my evenings on the weekend consist of Arragant Butcher or Vitamin T for dinner. Or Jimmy Johns or Five Guys for lunch. But those are just a start. I also been to Stand Up Live- only complaint steep drnk prices and to Lucky Strike. Have had haircuts and facial at Par Exsalonce. Just love the vibe, Close by is of course Hannys another great stop and then rab movie at AZ Center. You can spend a weekend downtown now which I love

Darclyte
Darclyte

I don't know if it's any good or not, but that's a well written review. I've enjoyed Laura's other reviews as well, and she sounds like she knows what she's talking about. So, I'll give Laura the benefit of the doubt.

Jay
Jay

I have to disagree with a positive review of Vitamin T. This place is the worst example of a chef phoning it in. We should have been clued in when it was literally empty on a Saturday night, but made the mistake of ordering several tacos anyway. None were edible and we ended up throwing most of our food away and eating elsewhere. I wish Aaron May luck (Iruna and Overeasy are fantastic!) but Vitamin T is a really terrible excuse for a restaurant.

David Bickford
David Bickford

I agree with all the favorable impressions of Vitamin T and the hopeful comments about Downtown, but I think it's important to not characterize CityScape as representative of Downtown Phoenix. Vitamin T and Arrogant Butcher are the bright spots in a development that is receiving decidedly mixed reviews. Some of the best dining developments in the city core have occurred outside of heavily subsidized and promoted projects like CityScape. Just a few blocks away are places like Cartel, Hanny's, Pizzeria Bianco, and Nobuo at Teeter House. A half mile to the north, in the Evans-Churchill area, which has become the unofficial northern half of Downtown, there are places such as Matt's Big Breakfast and the Breadfruit. Even the crepes at Jobot are a noteworthy addition to Downtown dining. These establishments, most of them in adapted historic buildings, are every bit as important as new structures like CityScape in boosting the vitality of our city's center.

KeeKeeDee
KeeKeeDee

I'm encouraged, too. I moved here 5 years ago. Upon arriving, seriously, I said to the concierge in my hotel, Where's downtown? And he was like, Uh, you don't want to go there. I did, and couldn't find anything. Happy about the changes I've seen, and grateful to the mayor for spearheading it.

Glad to hear about Vit T. I've walked by it a zillion times but never stopped in. Those tamales sound very South America...which is good.

 
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