No matter how you cut it, trying to settle on the best Mexican spots in Phoenix is likely to be a controversial endeavor.
For soulful Chihuahua-style Mexican tacos, gorditas and beans, stop by Tacos Chiwas, a darling of the local Phoenix taco scene.
For hot and cheesy grub that always hits the spot, there's the Carolina's Mexican Food in south-central Phoenix, where the hot flour tortillas are the star of almost every plate.
When you're in the mood for family-friendly dining, head to south central Phoenix for lunch or dinner at Comedor Guadalajara, a spacious sit-down restaurant with a huge selection of of Mexican regional staples. Fast service and great lunch specials make this a popular destination on this part of town.
In central Phoenix, be sure to stop by Barrio Cafe, a perennial favorite with Phoenix-area gastronomes. James Beard Award-nominated chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and her team put a modern spin on Mexican regional staples, often with mouth-watering results. Start with the pomegranate-studded guacamole, and of course you'll want to try the Cochinita Pibil, one of the house specialties. The chef's newest endeavor, Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva, offers one of the only Mexican restaurant tasting menus in town.