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Barrio Cafe, Phoenix

Barrio Cafe - Phoenix, Arizona
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Barrio Cafe
2814 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006Map
+1 602 636 0240
Neighborhood: Central Phoenix
Cuisine: Mexican
AOL Travel Editor’s Review

Before opening her restaurant at the age of 42, Silvana Salcido Esparza packed up her 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and drove to Mexico to spend a year learning about local cuisine from villagers. These days Esparza rides a motorcycle, competes for James Beard awards and lends her voice to Hispanic causes. Her food is infused with her big personality. Don’t expect burritos and combo plates here; Esparza specializes in regional cuisine from central and southern Mexico. Try the guacamole, prepared tableside (with seasonal pomegranate seeds) and the Cochinita Pibil—pork slow-roasted for 12 hours. The décor celebrates Chicano and other Latin-themed art, the bathroom is a shrine to masked luchador wrestlers, and the tiny bar offers one of the largest tequila selections in Phoenix, which is saying something. Amid a desert sea of Mexican restaurants, Barrio Cafe consistently retains best-in-the-city status.

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Restaurant General Information
  • Open Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Friday from 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM, Saturday from 05:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Sunday from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM
  • Feature: Trendy;Breakfast & Brunch
  • Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
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