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Barrio Cafe Top 100

Knockoffs and ripoffs are an unavoidable hazard of the restaurant industry, but if there's a silver lining to this phenomenon, it's that all the impostors only make it easier to spot a true original. Barrio Café — established in 2002 by Wendy Gruber and Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and located along the Calle 16 restaurant and bar row cutting through central Phoenix — is an unmistakable O.G. gem. The live music and local artwork provide a delightful atmosphere, but the food is what seals the deal. Menu standouts include cochinita pibil, chiles en nogada, churro rellenos, and the well-known chef's tableside guacamole — famously bejeweled with pomegranate seeds. Diners will also find Mexican beers, Micheladas, and too many amazing margaritas to list here (okay, just one: the Lowrider). New Normal: Barrio Café has never taken reservations. The dining room is open with limited seating, but takeout is always available.
  • Price: $$$
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Extra Services: Catering
  • Takeout
  • Delivery