Bring cash. El Norteño is a no-frills, cash-only, order-at-the-counter shop. And, yes, the food is worth walking across the street to the neighboring Circle K to withdraw cash. El Norteño’s chimichanga packs a punch of heat, so order a drink to tame the fire. Or, don’t, if you like the burn.
For over 40 years Comedor Guadalajara has been slinging authentic Mexican food in Phoenix. One of its best assets is the chimi, which comes with machaca beef, shredded chicken, green or red chili, or if your like it simple, with beans and cheese, Comedor Guadalajara can cook up your favorite. It's open six days a week, closed on Mondays.
The original Garcia’s Las Avenidas started with with a counter for takeout orders and a few picnic tables in 1956. Over the years the restaurant grew to into a giant chain franchise. This “original” location is the only shop that’s still family owned and operated, so if you’re looking for an “authentic” experience, this is it. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap.
There’s nothing fancy about this order-at-the counter restaurant, but the food is the real deal, after all, Los Compadres has been in The Valley for more than 56 years. Need some order help? Two words. Chicken. Chimichanga.
Rito’s on 14th St has been a community staple since 1977. Known for its burritos and guac tacos, Rito’s also serves up a pretty mean chimi, too. Pro tip: try them all.
Chips and salsa come with every order, that said, don’t fill up on them. The portions for the entrees are pretty damn big, especially the chimichangas. The chimis are just the right amount of crunchy and juicy, and the size, well, it's like a normal chimichanga got super angry and hulked out. There’s also a lounge with a full bar. Cervezas for everyone!