Mexican Restaurants in Cardinal

$22 for $40 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks for Dinner at Ricky's Tacos & Beer

Ricky’s Tacos & Beer

Scottsdale

Trios of homemade tortillas stuffed with chicken, steak, shrimp, and shredded cabbage

$40 $22

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Mexican Food at Papi Chulo's Mexican Grill & Cantina (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Papi Chulo's Mexican Grill & Cantina

South Scottsdale

Chorizo and eggs, grilled arrachera flank steak, and Big Papi 6.5-lb. burritos served in a dining room with views of Camelback Mountain

$20 $11

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$14 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Costa Vida ($24 Value)

Costa Vida

Tempe

Mexican dishes include raspberry-chipotle chicken burritos wrapped in handcrafted tortillas in nutritionally minded restaurant

$12 $7

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Lunch or Dinner at Fogon Mexican Eatery (Up to 40% Off)

Fogon Mexican Eatery

Scottsdale

Chefs crafts a menu of authentic Mexican recipes, creating dishes right in front of diners from tableside grills

$20 $13

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$15.99 for 64-Ounce Margarita Pitcher and Guacamole at Rita's ($30.94 Value)

Rita's

Maryvale

Guacamole is made tableside with fresh ingredients and is paired with a 64-ounce pitcher of margaritas

$30.94 $15.99

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Gourmet Tacos at La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

Glendale

Ingredients such as soft Oaxacan cheese, black mole chicken, and shrimp with poblano fill tacos, quesadillas, and burritos

$20 $11

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$17 for $30 Worth of New Mexican Cuisine at The Original Blue Adobe Grille

The Original Blue Adobe Grille

Downtown Mesa

New Mexican cuisine ranging from burgers cooked over a pecan-wood grill to enchiladas in blue corn tortillas

$30 $17

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$13 for $25 Worth of Mexican Food for Dinner at Los Olivos Norte

Los Olivos Norte

Scottsdale

Carne asada, machaca—shredded dry beef sauteed with vegetables—seasoned fajitas, and halibut Veracruzana

$25 $13

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Modern Mexican Street Food and Margaritas at Modern Margarita (Half Off)

Modern Margarita

Desert Ridge

Sit on the 1,200-square-foot patio while sipping on Arizona prickly pear margaritas and eating gourmet street tacos and burgers

$30 $17

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Up to 30% Off Mexican Cuisine — Casa Ramos II Valid Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 2 PM

Casa Ramos II

Sherwood

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $7

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$12 for three Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Tacos and Tapas at Brushfire Tacos y Tapas ($21 Total Value)

Brushfire Tacos y Tapas

Thunderbird Crossing

Upscale drive-thru and walk-up restaurant featuring Chef-designed tacos, burritos, and Spanish tapas

$7 $4

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Mexican Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Bibiano's Mexican Restaurant (Up to 40% Off)

Bibiano's Mexican Restaurant

Peoria

Burritos come stuffed with salsa and beef, tacos wrap meat in corn or flour tortillas, or sample the best of all worlds with combo platters

$20 $12

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$22 for $40 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Manny's Mexican Restaurant

Manny's Mexican Restaurant

Avondale

Appetizers range from queso dip to quesadillas to bean-covered nachos; premium margaritas are made with Patrón Silver or Hornitos

$40 $22

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6 or 12 Regular Tacos and 2 or 4 Fountain Drinks at Taco4u Mexican Food (Up to 39% Off)

Taco4u Mexican Food

Mesa

Soft or crisp tortillas filled with meats such as chorizo, carne asada, or shredded chicken

$15.70 $10

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In 1986, the Tenorio family pooled their knowledge of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine to create a restaurant that combined authentic, south-of-the-border cuisine with quick service. They named it Filiberto’s after one of their own, Filiberto Tenorio. Since then, Filiberto’s Mexican Food has expanded to three states and 55 locations, but their commitment to fresh ingredients hasn’t changed. Available for dine-in or carry-out, the menu abounds with crispy chicken, beef, and pork tacos, hefty burritos, and combination platters that pair enchiladas, tacos, and chili rellenos with rice and beans or a compatible paper doll.

3215 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix,
AZ
US

Only serious Mexican food lovers need apply to dine at La Barquita Restaurant, for these authentic aren’t dumbed down for mainstream palates. The décor is dive, with bars on the windows, but it’s clean and servers are friendly, even to people who are surprised to learn that the savory birria they just devoured was goat stew. One marvelous specialty is the molcajetes, big volcanic rock cauldrons of luscious soups stocked with delights like steak, chicken, chorizo grilled cactus, grilled green onions and ranchero cheese, all in a lavishly seasoned broth, to be scooped with warm flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa and refried beans. Margaritas are potent, in flavors like mango and strawberry.

2334 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix,
AZ
US

Anyone who has lived in the Valley for more than a few years knows about this place – or should – since it’s been a favorite landing spot for decades, beloved by diners craving solid, satisfying Mexican food served by friendly, familial staff. Rosita’s Place is certainly not fancy, but it brims with shiny Saltillo floors, yellow walls, lodge pole accents, beer signs and jukebox music. All the classics are in fine form here, from good-and-greasy cheese crisps draped in soft green chile strips to machacha, fried whole fish and gringo favorites like chimichangas or a T-bone steak with fries. Rosita’s is also a good find for breakfast, be it the hangover cure of menudo (available with the hoof still in), or a nice shrimp omelet.

2310 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix,
AZ
US

As the Phoenix New Times reported, As? Es la Vida was founded when Judy Anderson, an American vacationing in Mexico, left behind some money to Cozumel cook Moises Treves to help him realize the restaurant of his dreams?which he'd go on to name "Such Is Life" after one of her trademark sayings. (After the story was featured on Unsolved Mysteries two decades later, the pair was finally reunited.)

During the years between, the restaurant gained some ardent fans, and in 2003 some of them bought the spot and gave its name a Spanish translation. The new owners retained the menu of dishes exploring Mexico's diverse regional cooking styles. To name just a few, the Yucat?n Peninsula contributes the slow-roasted orange-glazed pork dish cochinita pibil; the state of Puebla pitches in one of Mexico's most famous stews, mole poblano; and baked fish is prepared Veracruz-style with wine sauce, capers, and green olives. The chefs are also happy to adapt their dishes to be gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly for customers who make special requests or walk in wearing "Gluten Is Gross" T-shirts.

"Their faintly upscale little place is adorable, thanks to brightly colored walls, plants, Mexican art and furniture," Arizona Highways noted when it placed the family owned and operated As? Es la Vida on its list of the state's best restaurants of 2013. Burnished metal lanterns dangle above the tables, and baskets full of ferns and other leafy plants hung from the ceiling add extra color.

3602 N 24th St
Phoenix,
AZ
US

Barrio Café: A User's Guide

Award-Winning Chef | Inventive Mexican Cuisine | 250 Types of Tequila | Calle 16 Mural Project

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: guacamole with pomegranate seeds, prepared tableside
  • Entree: cochinita pibil—slow-roasted pork marinated in achiote and sour orange and topped with pickled onion and pico de gallo
  • Cocktail: Lowrider margarita blended with Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • Dessert: crepes with goat's-milk caramel and vanilla-bean ice cream

    About the Chef: As the daughter of bakers, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has cooked all her life. Barrio Café, her first restaurant, has vindicated this lifelong passion. Since the restaurant opened in 2002, she's been inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and nominated three times for the James Beard award. Along the way, the tattooed epicurean hasn't lost an iota of her devil-may-care personality. See, for example, the menu: “Conserve water, drink tequila.”



    When to Go: Stop in for Sunday brunch from noon to 2 p.m., when live music pairs with guava mimosas and breakfast dishes such as eggs and chorizo or chilaquiles with chili sauce.



    While You're Waiting: Chef Esparza is one of the originators of the Calle 16 mural project, and Barrio Café is one of its cornerstones. Head to the parking lot to admire the vibrant murals of Mexican iconography—including skulls and luchadores—drawn by local artists and muralists who have flocked to the area.



    If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Chef Esparza also runs Barrio Queen (7114 E. Stetson Drive, Suite 105, Scottsdale), which features 30 types of tacos and 200-plus tequilas.

2814 N 16th St
Phoenix,
AZ
US

As might be expected, tortas are a highlight at this family-run counter operation –rumor has it there’s an abuela back there in the kitchen – where ultra-friendly staff prepare quick-service lunchtime meals for hungry locals. Meats range from chicken and carne asada to seasoned and braised pork, al pastor, mole and more, each dressed with requisite pickled jalapeños, carrots, lettuce and avocado. The signature Cubana model is a bestseller at this clean white-tiled walk up, loaded with pork and ham in a filling bit of lunchtime excess – and washed down with horchata. Diners craving soft or crispy tortillas instead of squishy bolillo bread can get tacos or burritos with similar fillings. To finish it all up, a vibrant salsa bar offers great variety.

2518 N 16th St
Phoenix,
AZ
US