A notable difference between Gallo Blanco and Otro is the latter's small category of shared plates that can double as heartier entrees should hunger or poor manners arise. You might wish for a spicier rendition of Robson's rustic Mexican paella made with chicken, pork, and vegetables, but then there's the exquisite pollo en mole negro (whose inclusion of a single tortilla may warrant re-examination) to consider, as well as what may be one of the best chilaquiles offerings in the Valley. A compact stack of round, crispy corn tortillas layered with chicken or veggies, spoonfuls of red ranchero sauce with a taste that starts off tomatoey-sweet before progressing to a steady, even heat, and topped with a fried egg, it's the popular Mexican breakfast gone the way of Otro's lunch and dinner service — and delectably so.

And for dessert, because you should have dessert at Otro, why not a refreshing lime tart or the stellar postre de coco, a delicate creation of creamy coconut pudding topped with shavings of chocolate that's reminiscent of a Mounds bar gone gourmet.

Located near Seventh Street and Bethany Home Road, an intersection that's heating up as a dining hot-spot thanks to The Yard (Sam Fox's massive 53,000-square-foot hangout and dining space that opened in February, housing a Culinary Dropout as well as the restaurateur's first seafood restaurant, Little Cleo's, which opened in May), Otro is decidedly less splashy — and features easier parking — than its better-known neighbor. It's a welcoming space of wood and brick, with a small front patio and a cheery entrance leading to an open kitchen. A comfortable dining area of generously spaced tables and chairs, a few leather booths, and local artwork on the walls is easy to settle into. The service is as laid-back as the scene, although sometimes too much so, especially toward the end of the meal when servers' table visits become rare.

Otro's pollo en mole negro is as likely to leave you speechless as it is wanting more.
Jackie Mercandetti
Otro's pollo en mole negro is as likely to leave you speechless as it is wanting more.

Location Info


Otro Cafe

6035 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Central Phoenix


Otro Cafe
6035 North Seventh Street
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

El Español: $9
Inca salad (share): $9
Tocino con rajas torta: $7.50
Pollo en mole negro: $16

My favorite time to be at Otro is around sunset, when the sun cuts across the western sky and spills its light through the windows to mix with the aromas from the kitchen and the din of the bustling restaurant. I can almost hear Tom Waits' "Downtown Train" playing in my head.

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Sure...but the cost for a tiny glass of wine is absurb. If you can handle flies coming in to the interior from the outside patio bugging your meal -- happy frustration.