3 bites bonus - late night eats
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3 Bites Bonus - Late Night Eats
When summer hits, the cool cats come out in the wee hours for big-time flavors.
Taqueria Los Yaquis
727 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
There’s no phone number, or website, or even a front door at this “mobile taqueria.” But given that Barrio and Barrio Queen chef-owner Silvana Salcido Esparza is a customer, you know the food is top-notch. Just look for the people lining up at the shiny food truck on the corner of Camelback and Seventh Avenue, between the auto shop and Charlie’s bar. Open from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Thursday, 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunday, it’s a favorite haunt of late night owls but also gourmets who simply appreciate truly good tacos, burritos and other low-priced Mexican specialties like chicken and steak tacos ($1), Super Mega Nachos ($7), burritos ($5), a burger with chips ($4) and horchata ($2)? You order and pay at the little red table in front, get your food from the truck window, then snag a picnic table seat and people watch, thrilling at all the other denizens of the dark. Fair warning: Hours change somewhat randomly, but have faith and wait, your carne asada-stuffed quesadilla ($7) isn’t going home without you.
Cornish Pasty Co.
960 W. University Dr., Tempe
(also a location in Mesa, with Scottsdale, Phoenix and Las Vegas spots opening this year)
Invented as a portable lunch for miners in Western England and transported to Arizona by Cornwall native Dean Thomas, Cornish pasties have taken the Valley by storm. Now expanding into a local mini chain but still privately owned by Thomas, the boisterous place packs in the hungry until midnight Monday through Saturday, and until 10 p.m. Sunday. The pasty (rhymes with nasty) is the British version of the empanada, a pastry stuffed with meat, veggies, or sweets. Cornish Pasty Co.’s iterations span the traditional to the inventive, including bangers and mash, lamb vindaloo, shepherd’s pie and even a dessert version plump with apples, cinnamon, and caramel topped with ice cream. If you’d rather think outside the pastry, you can also get awesome chicken-rice soup, a hearty sage sausage salad with mustard cream dressing, and banoffee pie loaded with homemade caramel. Whichever way your witching hour cravings take you, it all goes down great with a side of hand-cut British chips (add jalapeños for extra kick) and plenty of frosty beer.
Joe’s New York Pizza
7321 E. Shoeman Ln., Scottsdale
It’s such a classic, it’s almost a cliché. A giant, good-n-greasy midnight snack of pizza pie. When we just gotta have it, Joe’s does us right, serving until 4 a.m. nightly. The tasty New Yawk style ’za comes in slices so big they hang over the paper plates, with thin, chewy crust demanding you roll and fold and stuff them in your face. Really big appetites will go for the whole large pie, spanning 20 inches, while lighter eaters can nibble a 12-inch gluten-free model, decorated with healthier choices such as eggplant, pesto and ricotta. There’s also Sicilian-style thick double dough, good for standing up to hefty toppings like a special combo of meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, peppers and mushrooms. The simple shop isn’t much to look at, with the main decor being the pizzas waiting behind the glass-fronted counter, but the kitchen works hard, turning out dependable bruschetta, chicken fingers, mac ‘n’ cheese, wings, cheese steaks, and some fancier fare like penne alla vodka. As if we needed even more incentive to pig out after dark, Joe’s website enables us by offering coupons for discounted pizza, knots and salad combos valid from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
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