Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.
The Place: Pro's Ranch Market The Food: Mexican grocery store and hot food counter The Backstory: Chain of large Mexican-style indoor markets owned by an Italian family -- with seven locations in greater Phoenix, one of which is on la calle 16. The Price: Groceries are comparable in price to a traditional store; Breakfast cost up to $3.49, lunch combos up to $5.99, tortas up to $5.99.