Tacos Chiwas

Jacob Tyler Dunn
We'd like to get this on record now: The original location of Tacos Chiwas — the one on McDowell Road against State Route 51 — is a wonderful place to eat. The vibe is that of a repurposed Dairy Queen: dim, wood-paneled, tile worn from decades of visitors, a forever-smell of grilled meat that travels clear out to the sidewalk. We wouldn't have it any other way. We note this because the location is soon to undergo a remodel, allowing for more seating and better parking. Well — good for the staff and owners (husband-and-wife team Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin), we suppose. We'll probably dig the new digs. But for our money, the cramped dining space and patio (as well as that of the second and third locations, in Chandler and Mesa) is one of the best places in Phoenix to enjoy an afternoon taco — barbacoa, pastor, and lengua are our picks. Burnt out on tacos? Go with the deshebrada roja gordita or asada burrito. New Normal: Patio seating is available for those uncomfortable dining indoors.