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Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
602-636-0240
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Jacob Tyler Dunn

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  • Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • $$; $$$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
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, we’ll list one: try the Flor De Jamaica).

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