Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant, Tempe Phoenix 2011 - Casa Reynoso
Readers' Choice: Macayo's
Casa Reynoso is a Tempe institution that epitomizes the homey charm of neighborhood mom 'n' pop Mexican. Tucked away from traffic in the corner of a mostly deserted strip mall (where Fry's and Jack in the Box are the big-ticket attractions), word of mouth and a longstanding reputation for churning out Arizona-style Mexican food keeps business brisk. The Reynosos use the same recipes passed down from their Miami-Globe abuelitas, and the proof is in the pork chile verde. It's in everything from cheese crisps to burros and is even worth eating straight from a bowl (with a fresh tortilla on the side).