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La Barquita Restaurant

2334 E. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85006 | Central Phoenix | 602-275-5994

Location Description:

In the seven years it’s been open, this small, unassuming Central Phoenix restaurant has developed a reputation as a neighborhood hangout. Its mostly Mexican clientele appreciates the affordable, authentic food of southern Mexico – more richly seasoned than flat-out spicy – plus a few good ol’ American classics. First-timers should save themselves the trouble of navigating its vast menu and order up house specialties like the unique Molcajete a la Mexicana (the equivalent of a Mexican stew on steroids), a hearty plato de carnitas, chiles rellenos stuffed with queso fresco, or the savory and mildly spicy Mexican goat stew, bírria.

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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican
  • Hours: Sun 8am-8pm, Mon-Sat 8am-9pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Breakfast all day, Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: MasterCard, Visa
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Takeout

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