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La Mejor Barbacoa Top 100

Just southwest of Old Towne Glendale, you'll find La Mejor Barbacoa sandwiched between an auto repair shop and a transmission repair shop. Blink, and you may not find it at all. Good thing there's a sign, and three flappy banners advertising barbacoa, menudo, and Micheladas. Inside this golden-yellow restaurant (which looks deceptively small from the outside but is larger once you walk through the door), you're greeted with neon beer signs, worn but elegant tables and chairs, oversized house plants, and a friendly, family-like staff. The barbacoa is worthy of its place on the sign, but so is the consome, pozole, and menudo. Most items come with house-made tortillas, a green sauce, and a slow burner of a red sauce (which a staff member will warn you about personally). In the mood for something sweeter? Flip the two-sided menu for mango con chile, ice cream, fruity shaved ice, and aguas frescas. New Normal: Seating is limited inside, but La Mejor has always been great at packaging appetizing to-go orders.
Lauren Cusimano
  • Price: $
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
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