49: Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa
Taquería: Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa, 306 West Yavapai Street
Open Since: 2015
Style: Chicken tacos with a Sinaloan-Californian pedigree
Signature Taco: The Kiss Taco
The first thing you probably should know about Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa is that you don't come here for a quick hit of carne asada, al pastor, or anything resembling a combo platter. The kitchen ascribes to the philosophy of doing one thing, but doing it very well.
What Kiss Pollos does very well is the chopped chicken taco, a Sinaloa-California invention that the restaurant offers in several configurations.
"We only do one thing, so we're able to give it a lot of extra love and attention," says co-owner Jose Leon.
Leon and his wife, Diana, hail from Compton, California. They decided to move to Arizona to open a business and enjoy the lower cost of living. Leon says that their recipes are inspired by the food they grew up eating both at home and during their frequent travels to visit family in Sinaloa.
It's simple, homespun and easy on the wallet — exactly what you want when you only have a few bucks for lunch, but you don't want to settle for freeze-dried, reconstituted drive-thru fare.
Leon, a very friendly host who chats with guests, says that most of his clientele consists of neighborhood folks, personnel from the nearby hospital, and downtown workers venturing south for something new.
He knows that some people think of the south-central neighborhood where Kiss Pollos is located as a little "sketchy."
It's worth casting off any fears or prejudices for a taste of these tacos, though. You'll hardly care where you are when you take a bite out of something like the Kiss Papa taco, which is essentially the house taco topped with soft scraps of diced and griddle-crisped potatoes.
If you want to partake in the good food and love at Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa, you should know that the restaurant has a small crew and business hours can vary. Call ahead to avoid disappointment, or check the Kiss Pollos Facebook page for more information.
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