Eating the World

Mariscos Playa Hermosa: From the Shores of Mexico to a Colorful Central Phoenix Restaurant

Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.

The Place: Mariscos Playa Hermosa The Food: Sinaloan-style (a.k.a. western Mexico) seafood The Backstory: A husband-and-wife-owned restaurant for the past 10 years. The Price: Fine seafood for two will run you less than $40.