Tex-Mex in Phoenix: Sampling the Best in the Southwest

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Phoenix
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Tex-Mex is a popular regional cuisine known for its use of savory grilled meats, ground beef and red and green chile. In Phoenix, where Sonoran-style Mexican food dominates, Tex-Mex treats such as fajitas and chile con carne still manage to fly off the menu as diners savor the slow-roasted flavors and zest of these classic Southwestern dishes. Z'Tejas Grill, a regional chain that specializes in signature Southwestern dishes, tops our list for its perfect marriage of substance and style. Quality ingredients and stylish ambiance come together for the best in modern Tex-Mex eating. Over at Sierra Bonita Grill, you won't find...  Read more »

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    Z'Tejas Grill

    Z'Tejas Grill fuses Southwestern classics with a gourmet sensibility that is irresistible.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the 6th Street Margarita, the restaurant's award-winning house margarita"

     
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    Dick's Hideaway

    Dick's Hideaway is a uniquely Phoenix restaurant offering masterful takes of Southwestern classics.

    Local Expert Tip: "Breakfast is king at Dick's HIdeaway. Stop in for a traditional plate of huevos rancheros, or if you're really hungry, Vic's green chile meatloaf and eggs makes for a hearty and delicious first meal."

     
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    Sierra Bonita Grill

    Sierra Bonita Grill captures the spirit of Southwestern cooking without resorting to kitsch, but rather focusing on great ingredients and service.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come here for one of the tastiest Happy Hours in town, Monday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m."

     
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    Sam's Cafe A Southwestern Grill In The Arizona Center

    Sam's Cafe offers a uniquely gourmet take on traditional Southwestern dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of the creative items on the Sam's-Mex menu, featuring dishes with the influence of Mexican, Spanish, Native American and American Southwest cultures."

     
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    Fajitas, a Sizzlin' Celebration

    Fajitas offers down-home Mexican and Tex-Mex fare using fresh ingredients in a family-friendly dining room.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the cheese crisps, which are baked, not fried. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday from 11:00am - 2:00pm."

     
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    Tonto Bar and Grill

    Tonto Bar & Grill is an award-winning restaurant that uses high quality, locally-sourced ingredients to create one-of-kind Southwest specialties.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start your meal with the savory Three Sister Salsas, Corn & Tomato, Chayote Squash & Tomatillo, and Tepary Bean with Red Chilies salsas served with served with a trio of chips featuring corn, flour & Indian Fry Bread."

     
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    The Tamale Store

    The Tamales Store is one of the Valley's best sources for authentic yet eclectic tamales.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the delicious dessert tamales, which include Traditional Sweet Corn and Strawberry and Raisins."

     
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    Blue Adobe Grille

    The Blue Adobe Grill offers gourmet southwestern with authenticity and flair.

    Local Expert Tip: "The popular happy hour features $2.00 off any item on the front page of the menu and $4 House Margaritas."

     
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    Carolina's Mexican Food

    Carolina's Mexican Food delivers no-nonsense Mexican food that is reliably fast and flavorful.

    Local Expert Tip: "The hot, pillowy flour tortillas at Carolina are legendary. Make sure to take a dozen home with you."

     
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    Macayo's Depot Cantina

    Macayo's is a regional chain known for its festive atmosphere and straightforward take on delicious Mexican and Southwest classics.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cheese-lovers will want to indulge in Macayo's Famous Cheese Crisp, featuring a medley of melted cheeses."

     

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