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Mesquite Fresh Street Mex co-founders and brothers Ahmad and Naser Alatrash  are taking a different approach to marketing their modern Mexican cuisine. Instead of spending money on social media and other advertising, they’ve launched a “Free Taco Tour” available to businesses located within a four-mile radius of their Surprise, Gilbert, Mesa and Happy Valley locations. The tour gives the brothers an opportunity to connect with local businesses and area residents, Ahmad says. To take part...

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The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is coming back to Chandler! After not hosting the event last year due to COVID-19, this year’s festival marks the 10th annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest, and festival organizers are going all out! Whether you like tacos or live music, this year’s festival has it all. There are so many things to do, including: Tacos: Who doesn’t love a good taco? The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest boasts more than 20...

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Barbacoa and tripas tacos at Tacos Chiwas | Photo by Eric Cox   Phoenix is basically the Ivy League of everyone’s favorite hand-borne Mexican food staple – the taco. From cilantro-flecked street tacos to $10 pork belly masterpieces to vegetarian versions, there’s a taco for everyone in this town. Here are seven spots to find your fave. Gallo Blanco The humble Baja-style fish taco goes upscale at Gallo Blanco, where chef-owner Doug Robson first merged...

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Though many people don’t know that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, they are familiar with the parades, music, food and drinks that accompany this day of Hispanic heritage. Honor history by indulging in a few drinks and traditional dishes at these local haunts.   Los Sombreros pollo fundido | Photo courtesy Elaina V. Public Relations   Los Sombreros Though Cinco de Mayo falls...

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Photo by Madison Rutherford   “Plant-based food with a rock star attitude” is the mantra at this new modern Mexican restaurant in Tempe where you’ll find trendy, vegan fare and a lively-yet-lowkey vibe. At GuacStar Kitchen & Cantina, waiters are hired based on whether their disposition vibes with the concept instead of their serving credentials. Is the restaurant populating its space with unqualified servers? Not in the slightest. According to co-owner Jimmy Carlin, it’s easier...

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J’Asada Tacos | Photo by Madison Rutherford   As a local reporter, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with a slew of small business owners who have palpable passion and pride for their craft. It’s a pretty gratifying gig, one that I don’t take for granted. And when I see that mirrored in Valley restaurants, retail spaces and other institutions, it reminds me why I love what I do. One such inspiring instance is husband-and-wife...

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A flight abroad may be out of the question due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, but epicurean escapism in the form of fanciful food and drink flights is alive and well in the Valley. From a boozy cereal sampler to a smorgasbord of bloody marys, here are 12 local spots to try a twist on the traditional flight.   U.S. Egg This locally owned and operated breakfast and lunch joint recently ramped up its cocktail menu...

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Billed as the “Woodstock of Tacos,” the Arizona Taco Festival returns to the Valley for its 10th year on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Listen to live music, sip on beer and margaritas and munch on $3 tacos from more than 50 local restaurants. Here are 10 more taco-themed activities to sink your teeth into this weekend. 1. Lucha Libre Arena and Lucha Bar Watch wrestlers throw down from the bleachers under a...

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If you’re a taco connoisseur, your time has come. To celebrate National Taco Day on October 4, El Hefe is hosting a contest inviting customers to submit their ideas for a new taco. The contest will run through Tuesday, October 15. There will be multiple winners throughout the two-week taco tournament and one grand prize winner, who will receive two free tacos every week for a year. The winning taco will also be tested and...

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About eight years ago, Tim Vasquez, owner of Someburros and Isabel's Amor, was so moved by an annual family gathering in Guadalupe that he wrote a book about it called "The Taco Stand." "Just seeing the family gathered around the table and sharing memories around food was the inspiration," Vasquez says. The main character is based on the family matriarch and Vasquez's grandmother, Isabel, who passed away 32 years ago. "It's not necessarily a true story, but Isabel is the main character who loves to cook for other people."

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