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
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.