Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora: 100 Favorite Dishes

Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

79. Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora

See also: 10 Best Tacos in Metro Phoenix

There are a lot of great Mexican restaurants in town but few places with a higher concentration then on 16th Street between Jefferson and Thomas. Our favorite of all those in the Calle 16 neighborhood is probably Asadero Norte de Sonora, a small, modest restaurant specializing in cheap but top-notch Sonoran-style eats.

The restaurant's specialties include whole grilled chickens, more than enough food to fill a family and available for just $10.65, and the parrillada, a mixed grill of meats served over an open flame. But off all the good eats, the one we love the most is the lengua, or beef tongue.

For some, the thought of noshing on tongue might sound unappealing but with one bite of Asadero Norte de Sonora's version, we think we'd have you convinced. The lengua is super tender and savory in a way that's unlike any other cut of meat. You can have it served in a taco or burrito, but we think it's best appreciated in the former. You get one of the restaurant's excellent tortillas stuffed with lengua, chopped onions, and cilantro. The simple preparation really lets the tongue take center stage.

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99. French Onion Soup from Bonjour Vietnam

98. Whiskey Cream Gelato from Marrazo That's Amore

97. Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab

96. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

95. Cannoli from DeFalco's Italian Deli

94. Falafel Sandwich from Al-Hana Restaurant

93. PBLT at Bootleggers

92. Samosa from Little India

91. Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo

90. Brunch Burger from Orange Table

89. Duck Fat Fries from Bourbon Steak

88. Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca

87. Carne Adovada Enchiladas from Los Dos Molinos

86. Maple Bacon Doughnut from Rainbow Donuts

85. Pad Khing from Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

84. Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs

82. Lemon Bars from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

81. Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express

80. Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady

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