Eating the World

Barrio Cafe: Good -- But Glorified -- Mexican Food

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.

Check out the slideshow of the full Eating 16th Street series.

See also: Is Barrio Cafe's Take on Mexican Food Authentic? And Does It Matter?

The Place: Barrio Cafe The Food: Upscale Mexican cuisine The Backstory: Mexican cuisine in a non-pretentious setting for 10 years. The Price: $17 for enchiladas suizas.

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