Crujiente Tacos: Chef-Driven Taqueria to Open This Fall in Arcadia

Expect nontraditional tacos such as crispy crab and duck breast at Crujiente Tacos.
Expect nontraditional tacos such as crispy crab and duck breast at Crujiente Tacos.
Courtesy of Richard Hinojosa

Later this year, Arcadia will gain a new spot for a craft cocktail and a crispy crab taco with avocado mousse and citrus. The restaurant will be called Crujiente Tacos, and comes from chef Richard Hinojosa, previously of The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. 

Located at 3961 East Camelback Road, the taqueria will take over the space most recently occupied by The Grind, which shuttered in July. Hinojosa plans to renovate both the interior and facade of the space, including opening up the formerly dark, "dive bar-ish" interior and adding "masculine, classic" touches.

As for the menu, expect about 11 different tacos plus a daily special. The list will include three crispy tacos since "that's what started it all for me, making really good crispy tacos," the chef says. And the rest of the menu will include "street-style tacos." 

"It's not going to be the usual taqueria suspects," Hinojosa says. "They'll all be a little bit different." 

Expect options such as a crab taco and a sous vide duck taco with mole negro. The fare will also be complemented by a "big bar program," the chef says — and yes, you can expect a weekday happy hour. 

Hinojosa brings plenty of taco street cred to the restaurant, including wins at the 2015 and 2014 Arizona Taco Festival. The Scottsdale Culinary Institute alumnus spent the last three years working at The Wigwam, but also logged time at Valley restaurants including the now-defunct Mary Elaine's at The Phoenician during the early 2000s, when the restaurant earned its AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star rating. 

For more information and updates, check the Crujiente Tacos Facebook


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