New Restaurant Alert

Now Open: Tacos Sonora Grill

Downtown Phoenix could always use another eatery, particularly one that is open late, cheaper than dirt, and, most important, serves up some serious grub.

Tacos Sonora Grill opened late last week and just southeast Chase Field, across Seventh Street.

The taco shop is open until 2 a.m. on weekends, and follows the uniquely Phoenix tradition of stuffing a tiny eatery into a tiny house next to an adult video shop.

Parking consists of a small dirt lot of undoubtedly contentious ownership.

The menu is caveman-simple and features only seven items. Three tacos, three drinks, and an option for a post-taco flan. Nothing on the menu is over $2.50 and a carne asada taco will set you back only $1.50.

The big draw here, aside from the price and location, is the quality of the carne asada and vampiros. Unlike your average X-berto's taco shop, this place actually seems to use real gristle-free beef cooked for a length of time less than "charred." The vampiros combine the tenderness of their carne asada over a toasted tortilla with beans and cheese.

It might not be fancy but it certainly gets the job done for the right price.

Tacos Sonora Grill 1009 South Seventh Street Phoenix 85034

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

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Ando Muneno
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