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4 Best Mexican Restaurants in Scottsdale

Editor December 19, 2022 Dining, Scottsdale

In Arizona, there is no shortage of delicious Mexican food, whether it’s more of a Tex-Mex or Californian-Mexican fusion or even our own brand of Arizona-ized Mexican food.

Did I just make up a word? Well, anyways, here are four of my top picks for Mexican food in the Scottsdale area!

Courtesy of Toca Madera Scottsdale

Toca Madera Scottsdale

4736 N Goldwater Blvd

Located in West Hollywood, Las Vegas, and right here in Scottsdale, this restaurant is all over the Southwest! I recommend getting a table outside on the walled, garden patio.

The space allows you to be transported to a Latin-inspired, green garden right in the middle of our Sonoran desert. Keep in mind that this option is on the pricier side and people do dress up slightly for their Toca Madera meal, no matter the time of day. 

Personally, I love their brunch. My choice is their Baja-style poke as an appetizer, Huevos Rancheros for my main, and “La Barrio” cocktail for my drink. This cocktail features watermelon, mango, lime, and Roca Patron Silver and is both refreshing and sweet.

But don’t skip out on the churro pops, which are a fun way to end the meal. I recommend checking out their special menus for Taco Tuesday, Mezcal Monday, and obviously their brunch! They also have a happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for you to enjoy.

Courtesy of @barrioqueen on Instagram

Barrio Queen

7114 E Stetson Dr Suite 105

Located in Old Town Scottsdale, this is a great spot to grab dinner and a cocktail to prepare for your big night out at the clubs in Old Town. The Winter Menu here is based on flavors and recipes found in Mexico City. Start your meal with the “La Granada” cocktail with tequila, pomegranate and lime juice, triple sec, and ginger syrup. It is even garnished with actual pomegranate seeds. 

Then move on to one of their staples, quesabirria or their cochinita pibil tacos, which are available year-round. They also have agua frescas and bottled Mexican sodas. For those who don’t know, Mexican Coca-Cola blows the American version out of the water, just trust me. They also have Jarritos sodas, which just remind me of my childhood in San Diego. The Tamarind flavor is the best, just saying.

Courtesy of Habaneros Mexican Grille and Cantina

Habaneros Mexican Grill & Cantina

14870 North Northsight Blvd, Suite 106

This is one of the best Mexican food spots in North Scottsdale. They have a happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday where you can get a draft beer for $2.99 and a house margarita for $3.99. 

For dinner, I am a flautas fan, but the chiles rellenos come in at a close second. You also can’t go wrong with carne asada or carnitas tacos either.

They also have burritos and enchiladas and you can finish your meal with their flan napolitano. This spot is a wonderful, affordable and delicious option for you and the whole family to enjoy. 

Courtesy of @juliostooaz

Julio’s Too

7305 E Camelback Rd

Julio’s Too Mexican Food is a casual and fast eatery that will become one of your weeknight go-to’s when you just don’t want to cook.

Try their house specialty, “Pollo Magnifico” with rice and beans, or go simple with their fish taco dinner. You can couple it with a margarita or a Mexican beer in their brightly-colored cafe. 

They also have daily lunch specials that come with chips and salsa that can be anything from chicken flautas to a spinach and cheese burrito.

The portions are massive, so come ready to share or take home leftovers. What’s better than waking up the next day to find half of a superb breakfast burrito in your fridge just waiting for you?

Get your Mexican food fix at any of these four places and you will leave one happy camper. Enjoy!

Editor December 19, 2022 Dining, Scottsdale