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8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Asadero Norte De Sonora's pastor tacos.
Asadero Norte De Sonora's pastor tacos.
Joseph Maddon

There are few places in the states where you can find the quality of Mexican food that Phoenix has. We spent the past year putting together a list of the best places for authentic Mexican cuisine for this year's Best of Phoenix® edition.

What follows are the eight best neighborhood Mexican restaurants in the metro Phoenix area. Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make a list for the next time you need a taco or chimichanga fix.

See Also: Best of Phoenix 2013: Food & Drink (Slideshow)

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Central Phoenix: Asadero Norte De Sonora

Have you had the chicken burro at Asadero Norte De Sonora? Because if you haven't, you're missing out on a kind of chicken burro nirvana -- a piece of wrapped paradise in the form of stellar shredded bits of mesquite chicken, frijoles, shredded cabbage, and creamy guacamole. Read more here.

Rito's Mexican Food is our go-to spot for green chili beef -- in chimi or burro form.
Rito's Mexican Food is our go-to spot for green chili beef -- in chimi or burro form.
Laura Hahnefeld

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Downtown Phoenix: Rito's Mexican Food

For the longest time, this 36-year-old neighborhood staple in Central Phoenix had pared down its menu to just its famous green chili and red chili burros. Not that anyone was complaining. When you serve essentially just two dishes (and a couple of variations on each) and the lines are still out the door, you're doing something right. Rito's Mexican Food is definitely doing something right. Read more here.

 

La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill in Sunnyslope is tough to beat.
La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill in Sunnyslope is tough to beat.
Jackie Mercandetti

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - North Phoenix: La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill

If you are a fan of mole, the dark, intricate sauce made with dozens of nuts, chiles, and spices, you could do worse than pay a visit to Elizabeth Hernandez's cheery Oaxacan restaurant in Sunnyslope, La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill. Available in red or black, the mole can be had spooned over chicken or chicken enchiladas. Read more here.

Los Sombreros Hibiscus Enchiladas are just one of many excellent, traditional Mexican dishes served up at the Scottsdale restaurant.
Los Sombreros Hibiscus Enchiladas are just one of many excellent, traditional Mexican dishes served up at the Scottsdale restaurant.
Lauren Saria

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Scottsdale: Los Sombreros

Every year, Los Sombreros chef Azucena Tovar travels back to her childhood home of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. And every year, we can't wait for her to return. That's when she adds new dishes to her already stellar menu of well-crafted Mexican food -- the kind that have been bringing Scotts-dalians back to her charming brick home for almost 20 years. Read more here.

 

If you're looking for some spicy, New Mexican style food, Los Dos Molinos is a sure bet.
If you're looking for some spicy, New Mexican style food, Los Dos Molinos is a sure bet.
Timur Guseynov

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - South Phoenix: Los Dos Molinos

When Victoria Chavez started Los Dos Molinos nearly 40 years ago in Springerville, Arizona, she hardly could have imagined her New Mexican-style restaurant, named after two antique chile grinders, would be the fiery family business it is today. Read more here.

La Merced's carnitas plate.
La Merced's carnitas plate.
Jackie Mercandetti

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Southeast Valley: La Merced

La Merced in Mesa may look small from the outside, but through its doors await gigantic plates of boldly flavored and affordable Mexico City eats: long, scroll-like flautas packed with moist shredded chicken or beef; monstrous tortas gigantes layered with Mexican-style ham, chicken milanesa, and hot dog slices; and dinners of heady chilaquiles verdes and garlic-tinged carnitas piled high to please. Read more here.

 

El Tlacoyo's quesadilla.
El Tlacoyo's quesadilla.
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Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - Tempe: El Tlacoyo

El Tlacoyo may not serve up the escamoles (red ant eggs), chinicuiles (insect larvae), or zacahuiles (yard-long tamales) of Hidalgo, the eastern Mexican state the restaurant tips its sombrero to, but its listing of more than 100 dishes is still, like the rugged-terrain state, a nearly inexhaustible source of flavors. Read more here.

Guacamole and chips from Fajardo's Cafe.
Guacamole and chips from Fajardo's Cafe.
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Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant - West Valley: Fajardo's Cafe

There's nothing like a neighborhood restaurant that's actually, well, in a neighborhood. And this homey spot just off historic Glendale's main drag has been serving old-school Mexican eats since 1949. Originally Lily's Cafe, it became Fajardo's in 2009 when Alfredo Fajardo, the son of the original restaurant's cooks, reopened the place, keeping the old recipes intact. Read more here.


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Best of Phoenix has arrived. Dig around, you're guaranteed to find something you like. Click on the image (or right here) to visit our plate wall, where you can explore this year's slideshows, videos, and podcasts.

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Asadero Norte De Sonora

122 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

602-253-4010

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Rito's Mexican Food
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La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill

1507 W. Hatcher Road
Phoenix, AZ 85021

602-870-2056

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Los Sombreros

2534 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

480-994-1799

www.lossombreros.com

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Los Dos Molinos

8646 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-243-9113

losdosmolinosphoenix.com

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La Merced

855 W. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201-5556

480-343-6363

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El Tlacoyo

2535 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-894-9543

www.eltlacoyo.com

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Fajardo's Cafe

6706 N. 58th Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301

623-937-7757


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