Chow Bella

Cafe: Mexican Restaurant Row

If there is one constant in the Phoenix food scene it's the never-ending selection of comida mexicana. Don't believe us? Check out Phoenix's Mexican restaurant row.

Food Critic Michele Laudig on Phoenix's Mexican cuisine:

Starting just north of Washington Street, Asadero Norte de Sonora is a great go-to place for a quick, tasty lunch. It's about as no-frills as it gets, but prices are accordingly cheap. Order at the counter and grab a seat in the tiny dining room, where you might see someone hawking bootleg DVDs around noontime.

Everything is mesquite-grilled, and although they specialize in carne asada and pollo asado, you'll also find tripa (tripe), cabeza (head), costillitas (ribs), and more, served up as tacos, burros, or tortas. Beware the killer grilled jalapeño here -- I've found out firsthand how potent it can be on an empty stomach...full story

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Jonathan McNamara