Mi Patio Mexican Food and Cocktails

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.

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Los Favoritos Tacos Shop

My latest journey in my quest to find the best Mexican food in the Phoenix/Tempe area took me to Los Favoritos Tacos Shop in Tempe. Located off Broadway and McClintock, Los Favoritos has been the home for some of the best tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas for ASU students for quite some time. I heard so much about the place, so I had to give it a try.

Los Favoritos is located in a shopping center off Broadway, one of the bigger streets in Tempe. It’s not hard to find.

As you can see in the menu below, there are plenty of options to choose from. Another thing I was impressed with was the customer service. The ladies at the counter were more than happy to explain some of the items on the menu. Los Favoritos is the first spot I’ve been to where I’ve truly felt welcome.

You have some entertainment options as you wait for your food. There is a pool table and arcade games. This is the first spot I’ve been to where I’ve seen such things. Usually I’m entertained with some mariachi music.

Since I usually order burritos or tacos, I decided to change things up this time around. I went ahead and ordered a couple of chicken enchiladas. They were fantastic, as they came with sauce, cheese, and some lettuce. My only complaint is that the cheese on top wasn’t melted too much.

I ordered a small coke to wash down my enchiladas, and I ended up paying $4.65 for everything, which isn’t too bad. I waited between five and ten minutes for my food.

So, let’s put Los Favoritos to the test. Here’s how it ranks with my ratings system.

Quality of food: 8.5 out of 10

Atmosphere: 9 out of 10

Service: 10 out of 10

Price: 9 out of 10

Total: 36.5 points

If you’re an ASU student, and you’re looking for a quick Mexican food stop that’s close to campus, then I recommend checking out Los Favoritos Tacos Shop.

 

 

 

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Taquitos Jaliscos in Photos

Taquitos Jaliscos from the outside

The view of the inside of the restaurant.

Some chips and salsa to start things off.

Here are some carne asada tacos that my friend ordered. They come with marinated carne asada, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Three tacos cost $4.50, which is reasonable, despite the fact that the tacos are on the small side.

Here’s my meal, a steak burrito combo. It came with a side of rice and refried beans. The burrito was delicious, as it was filled with juicy steak, onions, and guacamole. The burrito combo costs a little over $6.00

Two beef enchiladas with a some lettuce.

Quesedilla to go. Can you say fourth meal?

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El Nopalito Mexican Food

My quest to find the best Mexican food in the valley of the sun took me to El Nopalito Mexican food in Phoenix. Located off the 57 freeway on 24th street, El Nopalito has been the home for some of the best tacos and tortas for over 10 years.

If you don’t know about the place, you might have a hard time finding it since it’s located in the corner of a shopping center.

The thing I liked the most about the outside is there were a couple of menus taped to the windows. If I didn’t want anything based off of what I saw, I could have just turned around without even walking inside.

Here is a picture of the inside. It’s bigger and cleaner than Texano’s, which is the place I wrote about in my previous post.

I always order a coke whenever I eat out since I’m not 21 and can’t order a beer. I’ve been ordering cokes for a long time, but this was the first time I’ve ever had one served to me in a glass bottle. I thought it was so cool that it was worthy of a picture.

I waited about seven minutes for my food, which isn’t too bad, but I was in a rush and thought it could have been out faster.

Let’s talk about the food. I ordered carne asada tacos since I heard that was the thing to get. I also went ahead and ordered a side of two flour tortillas, since the tacos are a bit on the small side. The tacos came with marinated carne asada, diced onions, some limes and mild sauce. They were fantastic. My only complaint was that they were too small. The combo deal that I ordered came with three tacos, but had I known how small they were I definitely would have ordered an extra one (or two). Below is a picture of my meal

One of the best parts of El Napolito is the price. I paid $6 for three tacos, two flour tortillas, and a bottle of coke. Talk about a bargain! If you’re tight with money, and are looking for a cheap Mexican spot, then this is the place to go.

Let’s put El Nopalito to the test and see how it ranks in my ratings system.

Quality of food: 9 out of 10

Atmosphere: 9 out of 10

Service: 8.5 out of 10

Price: 10 out of 10

Total: 36.5 points

I give El Napolito two thumbs up.

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Texano’s Carne Asada

My journey to find the best Mexican food in the valley of the sun took me to Texano’s Carne Asada in Tempe. Located on the corner Apache Boulevard and Terrace, Texano’s has been the spot for ASU students to satisfy their Mexican food cravings. Texano’s has just about anything you would want from a hole in the wall spot. Their specialties are the California burritos and the Carne Asada burritos

The inside of Texano’s is very small, as there are maybe three or four tables. The picture below is the view from my table. You can see the back of the restaurant on the far left side. I do have to point out that the inside is a bit of a dump. It’s not the cleanest place, and it smells funny.

I went during the evening, and it wasn’t too hot, so I decided to sit outside. I found it funny that there were more tables outside than there were inside. I do have to point out
that the inside of the place is a bit of a dump.
One of the coolest parts of my experience at Texano’s was that there was mariachi music playing while I waited for my food. There is a little slot machine that plays songs, as you can see in the picture below. It costs five cents to play a song.
So let’s get down to business. How was the food? Well, since I heard so much about the California burrito and the Carne Asada burrito, I went ahead and ordered both. I ate the Carne Asada burrito in the restaurant and brought the California burrito home for leftovers. Below is a picture of the Carne Asada. I was so hungry that I took a bite before taking a picture. By the way, the service at Texano’s is great. I waited less than three minutes for my food.
I didn’t do a great job of showing the inside of the burrito, so I’ll just tell you. It came with marinated carne asada, onions, pico de gallo, melted cheese, and guacamole, and it was absolutely fantastic.
I washed down my burrito with an ice cold Horchata.
The California burrito and Carne Asada burrito cost $4.25, and my horchata cost $1,40, I paid a little over $6.00 after taxes. So let’s put Texano’s to the test with my ratings system.
Quality of food: 9.5 out of 10
Atmosphere: 8.5 out of 10
Service: 10 out of 10
Price: 8 out of 10
Total: 36 points
I give Texano’s a two thumbs up.
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Los Taquitos Mexican Grill

My ongoing quest to find the best Mexican food in the valley of the sun took me to Los Taquitos Mexican Grill in Phoenix. Located on East Elliot Road, Los Taquitos is a real home cooked, family serving restaurant

Since Los Taquitos is located in a shopping center, you wouldn’t guess that it has a real authentic feel, but once you step inside, you’ll see Mexican artwork and paintings that make you feel like in you’re in the country itself.

There are plenty of food options, from burritos to enchiladas to tostadas. You have the option to order a combo meal, where you would order your main entree, and then you get a side of refried beans and rice.

I ordered a carne asada burrito combo, which you see in the picture below. The burrito was filled with marinated carne asada, melted cheese, refried beans, onions, and hot sauce. I can honestly say it was one of the best burritos I’ve had since I’ve been in the Phoenix/Tempe area.

Los Taquitos is also the first place that I’ve been to in the area that has Jarritos Soda, which is basically the Mexican equivalent of a coke or sprite. It’s a delicious, flavored soda that goes well with any Mexican food. I went with the strawberry flavor. (Apologies for the picture coming up sideways)

Not only was the food delicious, but I literally waited less than three minutes for it to be prepared. If you read my last post about Carolina’s Mexican Food, you remember that I had to wait between 10-15 minutes for my food.

Los Taquitos is more expensive than Carolina’s. I paid $8.50 for my carne asada burrito combo and jarritos drink, where as at Carolina’s I paid less than $4 for three enchiladas and a coke.

Time to put Los Taquitos to the test in my ratings system

Quality of Food: 9.5 out of 10

Atmosphere: 8 out of 10

Service: 10 out of 10

Price: 8 out of 10

Total: 35.5 points

Overall, I had a great experience at Los Taquitos. I’d definitely recommend it.

* Credit for the photos in this post goes to Michael West, who came with me and took pictures on his iphone.

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