Cafe Tranquilo

401 W. Clarendon Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013


  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Chef Dan Maldonado’s pork enmoladas are sublime. Similar to pork enchiladas, these enmoladas wrap braised pork in soft tortillas smothered in a rich, lightly sweet and neatly spicy red mole sauce. Also popular here are the seven different taco options offered, each made with fresh, warm corn tortillas. The grilled vegetable version, stuffed with squash, corn, onions, and cabbage and spiced with pico de gallo, is perhaps the best. The pork Barbacoa variety featured subtle flavors of cilantro and snappy pickled red onion, but the meat was surprisingly dry. Breakfast is also served, as are a trio of desserts, each quite nice. Try the tres leches cake, prepared traditionally, with hanks of fresh white cake soaked in a sweet three-milk blend.

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