4

Best of Phoenix 2018: Silvana Salcido Esparza's Favorite Local Spots

Best of Phoenix 2018: Silvana Salcido Esparza's Favorite Local Spots
Carrie Wheeler
^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

It’s all about food for Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. But she, who brought us the beloved local Barrio Café chain, always mixes in some local stops along the way to her favorite eats. Headed to a solo picnic at Papago Park, Esparza stops at Honey Bear’s BBQ for some to-go pulled pork and a hot sausage sandwich. “I love to watch the sunset over my beloved Phoenix,” says the celebrated restaurateur, “with airplanes like a swarm of bees in that beautiful, one-of-a-kind Phoenix sky. This little combo is a favorite I’ve been doing since 1995!”

On days off, she hops into her 1965 Chevy Impala convertible and cruises through Tempe, heading for a hot link from Ted’s Hot Dogs. “Then I go across the street and have a Bada Bing Italian ice from Joe’s, and finish with an open-air ride to Apache Junction, where I look at the beautiful Arizona sky.” She wraps up this journey “listening to country music at the saloon in Goldfield, that little ghost town.”

Back in the hood she calls home, Esparza can’t stay away from Los Altos Ranch Market. “They have everything,” she claims. “Caldo, aquas, everyday groceries. The only thing that makes my visit better is the enjoyable bike ride or walk from my house on 16th Street.” Along the way she admires Calle 16’s colorful murals and hidden-gem eateries. “Tortas El Guero and an ice cream from the next-door Realeza Michoacana make my neighborhood a complete Mexican knockout,” Esparza says. “I live where I work, and I love it.”

• There’s nothing more local for me than Christown Spectrum Mall (1703 West Bethany Home Road, 602-249-0670). A little shopping, a little eating, and a clothes-on massage — that’s Phoenix for me.

• I love authentic food, so you can find me enjoying good old New Mexican cuisine at the iconic Los Dos Molinos (1044 East Camelback Road, 602-528-3535).

• Los Altos Ranch Market (1602 East Roosevelt Road, 602-253-6874) has it all. The only thing better than being there is getting there on my bike. Weather permitting, I sometimes walk.

• My all-time favorite Phoenix hike is South Mountain’s Kiwanis Trail, up to Telegraph Pass. This one gives you everything you want from Arizona in terms of natural beauty, with a view of the Valley that makes your jaw drop and reminds you why you live here.

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.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.