Finding great restaurants like Arizona Native Frybread is why we started the Chow Down Phoenix blog. What a unique place. It is owned and operated by a friendly Native American crew who are genuinely interested in giving their customers a nice meal. The place is very clean with some Native American artwork hanging and available for sale. Pow-wow music with its characteristic beat of the drum plays softly in the background. After you place your order you can watch them stretch out the frybread and grill the meat. It is always nice when a restaurant makes the kitchen and cooking process visible.
The first time I went I ordered the green chili taco ($7). It was like a shredded beef burrito except in frybread instead of a tortilla and it was huge. It had excellent flavor with a little bit of a kick. My one very minor issue is that the green sauce can make the frybread soggy if you don’t eat it quick enough. The next time I went the owner talked me into trying the lamb, so I ordered the Navajo lamb sandwich ($8). This was another two-handed operation of lamb, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and green chili stuffed in a frybread. I was a little worried as the lamb I have had previously wasn’t very good, but this was exceptionally tasty and grilled to perfection. It could have used a sauce of some kind to give it a little moisture. My wife had the Apache taco ($6). Mashed pinto beans were spread on the frybread and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and red onions. It was more like an Apache Tostada than an Apache taco. My daughter had a thick homemade tortilla topped with peanut butter ($4) and for desert we had a frybread coated with cinnamon and sugar ($4). I would have preferred a little more cinnamon and sugar, but after such a big sandwich the allure of dessert had faded a bit. Next time I will have to decide between the Navajo hominy stew or the Apache burger.
1437 E. Main St. (between Stapley & Gilbert)
Mesa, AZ 85203
phone: (480) 649-1314
fax: (480) 668-7662
hours: M-Sat 10:30-8, Sun 10:30-6
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