Not the same ol' Mexican food

A downside of most Mexican restaurants in the Valley is menu fatigue. We love classic Sonoran dishes, but sometimes a break from tradition is just what we're craving. At times like those, we head to Padre's, where Mexican food comes with a twist.


For starters, we're hooked on the lobster thermidor quesadilla, and lately we can't resist the cilantro mousse with chips, which makes an addicting accompaniment to one of Padre's top-notch margaritas.

As for entrees, duck breast tacos with tomatillo salsa are a fine alternative to ubiquitous carne asada tacos (of course, they have those, too), and the pollo relleno -- chicken breast stuffed with poblanos, goat cheese, caramelized onions and corn, and slathered in poblano cream sauce -- is a guilty pleasure. Well, maybe not that guilty -- we've ordered it too many times to count.

Padre's Modern Mexican Cuisine: 1044 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-277-1749 Map

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