And when it comes to the service, if you are visiting Fuego Tacos, my wish is that, unlike my experiences (save for one where the service was exceptional), your visit isn't treated as simply another task to perform. I hope that you are greeted at the door, that your dirty dishes aren't left sitting at the table, and that, amid several other options, you are not seated at a single, too-small table where your server will advise that you place your beverages on the windowsill.

Flavorwise, Fuego Tacos is a far cry from its sister restaurant, Fuego Bistro, but there are a few dishes that inspire hope.
Jackie Mercandetti
Flavorwise, Fuego Tacos is a far cry from its sister restaurant, Fuego Bistro, but there are a few dishes that inspire hope.

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Fuego del Mar

2501 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: East Phoenix

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Fuego Tacos
2501 East Camelback Road
602-441-5728
www.fuegotaco.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Pernil asado: $10
Short rib barbacoa: $10
Cubano sliders: $10
Vegetarian tostadas: $9

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As one of a handful of current dining options in the Camelback Esplanade (Dallas-based Del Frisco's Grille has announced plans to move into the old Houston's location this summer), and the only one for food of its kind, Fuego Tacos has the opportunity to position itself as a go-to destination. But until then, I'll take the tunnel over to Biltmore Fashion Park, where stronger dining options await.

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Missystauss3
Missystauss3

I disagree this place is the best around!!!

Syd Vishus
Syd Vishus

Yeah, would have loved to try it..even bought a Living Social coupon for it. BUT>> The coupon expired today. So , I called and asked to speak to the Manager to see if they would honor it...the teenage sounding hostess who answered the phone says, "Sorry the manager says, we don't honor expired coupons!".....really...it expires today and you can't honor this, we've never been there and it's already been paid for?...So this foodie and her party of 6 won't ever try it, and will tell friends not to go there as well. Because of the printer it was hard to tell if it expired today or the 28th..but, regardless with the economy the way it is and restaurants sitting empty...Fuego Tacos should have opened their arms to these 6 hungry paying customers.The coupon was only for $10.00...with all of us wanting to drink Margarita's and have appetizers and then some tacos. Tacos are $3.00 each we would of had 2 each, plus at least one if not two Margaritas per person at $5.00 each, plus some guacamole at $4.00. Let's do the math: 6 people eating 12 tacos = $36.00 + drinking 6 to 12 Margarita's =$30.00 to $60.00 and 2 orders of Guac = $8.00 . Total >> $104.00!!<< w/o tax and tip. Plus also..some of the people wanted to buy a full size lunch and not Tacos...so add in another $30.00. So basically, because of your uneducated management style and practices... FUEGO TACOS lost more than $150.00 plus tax and tip for lunch on a party of 6!..not too mention the whole...one person scorned will tell at least 20 people x 6 = 120 ( which is a low estimate considering the internet and facebook) people will now, know how cheap and stupid Fuego Tacos are...no matter how good your tacos might have been. Hope your M.O.D. (manager on duty) feels proud. OLE`...copying to Yelp!!

Jay
Jay

I completely agree with this review. We had a horrible experience at Fuego with a rude bartender and tacos that were just plain gross. Three of us dined there and agreed that we would never go back--I also got tacos 'to-go' that day for a coworker, and she took one bite and threw them away. None of us will return. I think Fuego and Vitamin T have a series competition going for worst tacos in town.

Jay
Jay

I wish I could edit my typo away, but I can't

*serious competition, not 'series'

2 tons of fun
2 tons of fun

dude the bartenders there pour like they have a broken wrist!! I think for $10 the food is pretty good grub. Always fast and I get 20% off as a VIP. I don't think this review is very accurate.

Drew
Drew

Better food? Black Chile? CheeseCake? CPK? At least tell me to get in my car drive a mile or two east or west to better options. Sure, I can walk across the street and spend $20 - $30 per plate more at Cap Grille and Seasons 52 which are tasty options but the only restaurant you can possibly compare is Black Chile, which I completely disagree as a "better" choice. Candidly, I enjoy all of our restaurants in the Esplanade area and Fuego has a pretty good niche but you as a mediocre food critic at best, (which btw I truly wonder if your palate is better then your writing) I think with you're better off giving your readers an opportunity to judge for themself. Maybe I'm not giving you enough credit as a writer as your taste makes me want to try every restaurant that doesn't live up to your narcissism, which if indeed the case you are truly motivating your readers. After reading this review, I wasn't sure if I was reading an advertisement for Del Frisco's or reading someone who desires to be respected but can only wallk in the shadows of her predeccessor more than anything else. And finally, quasi critic, I understand that you have certain expectations in your role but not all of us give a rats ass that a glass has to be put on the windowsill or need to be fulfilled with a disingenious greeting from a person whose trying to just pay the bills when we walk through the door. I think most people prefer the real personalities and the characteristics of the restaurant as they are and that's something you consistently miss articulating in your reviews.

guest
guest

at least it's not another review of tacos atoyac.

Bill Arnold
Bill Arnold

There is a reason Fuego Tacos is the last man standing at The Esplanade, and that reason is the food. I would encourage anyone reading this review to check out Fuego Tacos for themselves. I'm sure you will have a very different experience than what Ms Hahnefeld has described.

Concerned Food Fan
Concerned Food Fan

Wait...are you serious?! As negative as you are about both Phoenix in general, and the Esplanade specifically, Fuego is one of the best restaurants in Phoenix overall. I actually like the Taco location better than the actual restaurant. You're such a negative writer, it's hard to take your reviews seriously at all..

 
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