My latest journey to find the best Mexican food in the valley of the sun took me to Mi Patio Mexican Food and Cocktails
Located on the corner of Osborn and 7th street in Downtown Phoenix, Mi Patio is a great Mexican spot to go to for ASU students who live on the Phoenix campus. It’s about a five to seven minute drive from the Walter Cronkite school.
I came here for lunch, and not surprisingly, it was very crowded. They have some great lunch specials which I’ll talk about shortly. I’m not sure if it’s always packed, but needless to say if you come for lunch, odds are you will have to wait before being seated. The atmosphere was great, though. There was loud music playing, the workers were friendly. It’s almost like bar-atmosphere, so if you’re into that scene, you’ll enjoy this place.
Mi Patio has a great selection of beer and other alcoholic drinks, and for a discounted price during lunch, too. Happy hour goes from noon to 4:00 p.m. You can get Dos Equis, Corona, Margaritas. I’m not 21 yet, but this is just what I saw. Bottles cost $2.50 during happy hour, and margaritas are $3.00.
Anytime you go to a Mexican restaurant, you have to start with chips and salsa. That’s just an unwritten law.
There’s a wide selection of food on the menu, like enchiladas, nachos, tacos, and quesadillas. Mi Patio is a bit on the expensive side. I ordered a beef taco combo which included rice and beans for $7.50. Add a coke, taxes and tip, and my bill came out to about $11.00. Since Mi Patio is more of an actual restaurant, I had to wait longer for my food. It took about 10-15 minutes for me to get it.
As you can see, the taco comes loaded with cheese and lettuce. I had my rice and beans on a separate plate. The food was delicious, though. The taco was nice and crunchy and had great flavor. I love cheese, so the fact that there was a ton of it on my taco didn’t bother me at all. The rice and beans also complimented the taco very nicely.
Let’s go ahead and put Mi Patio to the test, using my ratings system.
Quality of food: 9 out of 10
Atmosphere: 9 out of 10
Service: 8.5 out of 10
Price: 8 out of 10
Total: 34.5 points
Final word: If you’re an ASU student with a car and you have time to kill in between classes, then I definitely recommend coming to Mi Patio. It’s not the cheapest place, but if you’re looking to go to some place other than Subway, Mi Patio isn’t a bad choice.
*Credit for the photos belongs to Michael West, who came with me and took the pictures on his IPhone.