If you're looking for budget friendly eats on the Westside, Good China will feed you well without breaking the bank. This unpretentious Chinese eatery had daily lunch specials, with virtually nothing priced over $7. For dinner, try the broccoli beef, Mongolian beef, sweet and sour chicken, with a side of the house fried rice. This may not be gourmet or creative fare, but everything is well-made and consistently good. While the dining room may not be luxurious, it's always packed with families enjoying tasty fare that won't break the bank. Service is fast, especially considering the large volume of clientele.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Good China is family-friendly, affordable, with a menu of consistently good Chinese specialties.
Patricia's expert tip: Stop by for the lunch specials, which come with a side of rice and an egg roll.
Tortas Paquime is a popular regional chain serving up a delicious assortment of Mexican specialties, including authentic tortas a la plancha (Mexican sandwiches pressed on the grill), tostadas, flautas, burritos and huge assortment of antojitos ("little cravings"). Some of the most interesting menu items are antojitos, including the restaurants signature "Paquihuates," Japanese peanuts, diced cucumbers and jicama topped with tamarind strips and tomato sauce. The family-friendly, fast casual restaurant is also a neveria (ice cream shop) and bakery, so you can take home some fresh-made bolillo rolls and Mexican pastries. Of course, the ice cream counter also calls with its colorful assortment ice cream treats. Tortas Paquime has several locations around Phoenix.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Enjoy traditional pressed Mexican torta sandwiches in a family-friendly dining room at Tortas Paquime.
Patricia's expert tip: The tortas are the specialty of the house, but the restaurant is also a good destination for fresh Mexican baked goods and ice cream.
Garcia's is one of the oldest and most popular regional Mexican food chain restaurants in Phoenix. Garcia's Las Avenidas is the original location of the venerable brand, which is known for its mouth-watering combo platters. The eclectic menu features Mexican specialties from different regions of Mexico. There is something here for everyone, including egg-y specialties like huevos rancheros, to Mexican-American concoctions like the house chimichanga, which here is stuffed with your choice of filling and topped with a savory sauce. Can't decide what to order? The combo platters let you sample around the menu.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Garcia's Las Avenidas is one of the oldest, family-friendly Mexican restaurants in Phoenix, offering a huge assortment of savory combo platters.
Patricia's expert tip: Try the luscious pollo fundido, a house specialty.
Mexican food meets sushi at Senor Sushi, a culinary mash-up that is delighting adventurous foodies on Phoenix's west side. The restaurant menu features a huge array of specialty sushi featuring traditional Mexican flavors. Love carne asada? Chances are you'll love the grilled steak expertly stuffed into a sushi roll. Another house favorite is the culichi roll, which features shrimp tempura, avocado and cream cheese roll, topped with an intriguing mix of octopus, scallops and shrimp. Apart from the Latino fusion sushi rolls, you will also find an assortment of more traditional sushi rolls. An assortment of appetizers, salads and soups round out the unique menu.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Senor Sushi offers one-of-a-kind Latin-Japanese fusion cuisine that should please and delight adventurous sushi-lovers.
Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the "Bomba," a culinary concoction featuring chicken, bacon, avocado, cucumber and two kinds of cheese. Everything is rolled into a rice ball, breaded, then deep fried.
Pupusas, fried plantains, beef stew with chipilin chile. These are just a few of the homespun dishes that you'll find at Salvadoreno Restaurant #2 on Phoenix's ever-growing west side. The 3,500 square-foot restaurant is a favorite with locals who come to savor the authentic family recipes, which were developed by family matriarch Nina Martha. The family restaurant prides itself on quality service and authentic home cooking. Apart from fresh-made pupusas (which come stuffed with your choice of meat), you are also likely to find other Salvadorean specialties like fried yucca, potato and meat cakes and tamales. Not sure what to order? Try the sampler plate, which comes with a little of everything.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Savor the authentic flavors of El Salvador at Salvadoreno Restaurant #2, a family-owned regional chain serving luscious pupusas and more.
Patricia's expert tip: Try the sampler plate, which comes with two pupusas and other Salvadorean specialties.
This Vietnamese cafe may look unassuming from the outside, but there's culinary magic brewing in the kitchen. Fresh seafood, tasty stews, and luscious noodle bowls are complimented by creative sauces and spices. Whether you like your food spicy and hot or just barely zesty, the chefs will tailor your dish to your spice comfort zone. Some of the menu highlights include the beef noodle soup. The Pho Dac Biet is a savory noodle soup with large chunks of rare steak, flank, brisket, tendon, beef balls and tripe. Noodle lovers will love the vermicelli dishes, including the Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong, a large heaping of rice noodles with grilled pork, shrimp, vegetables with fish sauce on the side.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Pho Binh Minh dishes out authentic Vietnamese noodles, soups, and refreshing fruit juices.
Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the large selection of fresh, healthy juices and shakes.
There are a lot of places to find good Mexican food in Phoenix, but Ta'carbon is a Mexican grill that stands out with a menu full of mouth-watering grilled meats. You'll find a delicious assortment of Sonoran-style tacos, burritos and quesadillas, including mesquite-grilled carne asada and specialty cuts like beef lengua (tongue). There are two locations on the westside, and both are generally crowded round-the-clock.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Ta'carbon Grill is one of the best places in the city to taste-test traditional grilled Mexican meats.
Patricia's expert tip: For a large group, try the "paquete familiar," or family size selection of grilled meats.
Mexico City-style tortas have landed in Phoenix, and you'll find them at Los Reyes de la Torta, a casual eatery featuring some of the best Mexican-style sandwiches in town. These award-winning sandwiches feature a variety of quality meats and cheeses, served on a perfectly toasted and buttery bolillo roll. For the truly adventurous--and hungry--the King Carlos V is a monumental torta and a challenge to even the most voracious eaters. Even if grilled, stuffed-to-the-gills sandwiches are not your thing, be sure to pay a visit to the juice bar. You'll find a huge selection of traditional, fresh-squeezed fruit juices that are refreshingly good.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Los Reyes de la Torta makes grilled-to-perfection sandwiches that are mouth-wateringly good.
Patricia's expert tip: Try a delicious, fresh-squeezed agua fresca drink with your meal.
Hearty portions, fresh salsa, and creamy, cheese-topped beans are on the menu at Popo's Fiesta del Sol, a popular family-friendly Mexican restaurant on Phoenix's westside. Festive decor and a huge menu of Mexican staples make this a popular choice for happy hour, too. There are even gringo-friendly eats like rib-eye steak and burgers. If you can't decide what to order, take a peek at the Popo's specialty menu for a winning selection of combo platters. The fiesta platter comes with a cheesy chile relleno, machaca taco, rice and beans, and flour tortillas. When you're ready to chow down, don't miss the Monster Burrito, two flour tortillas stuffed with rice, beans, pico de gallo, grilled onions, bell peppers, and cheese.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: Mondays are all-you-can-eat day, which means you can chow down on all the beef, chicken or machaca tacos and bean tostadas you want.
Patricia's expert tip: Mondays are all-you-can-eat day, which means you can chow down on all the beef, chicken or machaca tacos and bean tostadas you want.
Most visitors to the Valley of the Sun don't venture into the city's west side, but if you're in the neighborhood, swing by La Poblanita for its strong menu of regional Mexican cooking. "Regional" here refers to Pueblan-style cooking, which includes massive cemita sandwiches, and a very good homemade mole Poblano. You'll also find stand-out tacos and homemade sopes. Regional also refers to staples of Phoenix Mexican food restaurant, though, including high-caloric knock-outs like cheese-laden carne asada fries. Don't be turned off by the tiny, unassuming digs – service is friendly, and the food is worth the trip to the west side.
Recommended for Restaurants near Maryvale Park because: La Poblanita offers a winning combination of homemade Pueblan-style dishes and popular Mexican food staples.
Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the cemitas sandwiches!