La Tolteca in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over

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What We Bought: La Tolteca has seen us through some near-empty wallet times. The large plate of chilaquiles for $6.99 is an unbeatable deal and is sure to carry you through the day with mounds of leftovers. Admittedly, we've spent less time in the bakery, carniceria and other market portions of La Tolteca than its dine-in counterpart. However, we've begun to see the error of our ways.

La Tolteca certainly isn't a big one-stop grocery store, but what there is to buy is made well. The bright, pastry case wafts an addicting sugary smell when opened. Everything from pineapple upside-down cake and Mexican-style cheesecake is under $1 per serving. If you're in a crunch for dinner for the family, the meat counter offers an insane $10.99 deal of one whole, roasted mesquite chicken, a pint of rice, a pint of beans, two corn tortillas and salsa from the bountiful salsa bar. Since two tortillas might start a maiz war, we recommend you splurge two dollars and buy a dozen more freshly made corn or flour tortillas to supplement.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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