Best Nopales Phoenix 2011 - El Tlacoyo
Nopales (or nopalitos) are odd vegetables that you can't find at just any Mexican restaurant, but keep an eye out for something translated as "cactus" on a menu and you're in for a treat. Nopales are the processed, green pad of the prickly pear cactus. Instead of incurring multiple pricks trying to make DIY nopales, we recommend hitting up El Tlacoyo to try the huaraches con nopales. Huaraches hail from Mexico City, and El Tlacoyo does 'em right. Order one of these, and you'll be treated to a huge disk of masa fried to a doughy crisp, topped with nopalitos, beans, salsa verde, and queso. There's even a bit of lettuce for presentation's sake.