Barrio Cafe | Central Phoenix | Mexican, Contemporary | Restaurant
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Allison Young

Barrio Cafe

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 bright decor 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. The food menu also offers numerous vegan and vegetarian dishes. Diners will also find Mexican beers, Micheladas and too many amazing margaritas to list here. Barrio Café has never taken reservations. The dining room is open and takeout is always available.