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kit marlowe | Oct 4, 2005 07:52 PM

Went with the family to this place--on central, just north of dunlap. My interest was spurred by the recent Seftel review (see below).

It is not a lovely place--the dining room is dominated by a large screen tv tuned to Telemundo--and not the coziest either. But we had a fantastic meal and will definitely be going back. I had chilaquiles verde with meat--tortilla strips serving as a kind of pasta-like base for a tangy green salsa with onions and cheese, and a pile of marinated beef. We also tried chiken enchiladas in a mole negro, and that was really fantastic: best mole I've had in Phoenix. My wife had pork and nopales (I tasted it: yummy and very very tender). She loved it and was impressed too by the care with which the beans had been cooked.

There is a kids menu--ours had the obligatory quesadillas--and there are high-chairs. It is an easy place to take young children because it is inelegant and extra noise doesn't seem out of place.

No liquor license, but the aqua frescas are delicious.

Also, though the menu does distinguish between appetizers and entrees, there didn't seem to be any other distinction: everything costs more or less the same, the portions are more or less the same size, and everything came to the table at one time. Chips come to the table with three salsas--two red and one very creamy avocado colored offering that was tangy and spicy and delicious.

Here's a link to the Seftel review:
http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dining/a...

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