Newcomers’ Dining Guide: Winning West Valley Mexican Restaurants

Editorial StaffNovember 8, 2022
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Satiate your appetite for south-of-the-border sustenance at one of these authentic Mexican eateries.

El Heroico Guaymas. Photo by Monse Apud
El Heroico Guaymas. Photo by Monse Apud

Constructed to look like a Mexican hacienda, these Texas-based corporate restaurants offer hearty Mexican food with a Tex-Mex accent. Favorites: steak and enchiladas, fajita chimichanga, brisket tacos and chile con queso. Other location: Chandler (480-855-0960).
16092 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria

Garcia’s Las Avenidas
This is where the famous restaurant chain started, and it still remains in family hands. All of the original dishes are still on the menu: machaca, tacos al pastor, albondigas and more.
2212 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix

El Heroico Guaymas
You’ve had Sonoran cuisine – but have you tried Sonoran coastal cuisine? The menu features the usual mariscos – seafood apps, tacos – as well as Guaymas region specialties like fish ceviche tostada, strewn with avocado and drizzled with gutsy salsa negra.
6750 W. Peoria Ave.,
Peoria 623-248-1734,

This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.


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