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El Bravo, N. Central PHX + best MX in PHX??


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El Bravo, N. Central PHX + best MX in PHX??

Peter D. Tillman | Mar 1, 2006 04:05 PM

We had lunch there yesterday, first in awhile. Verdict: pretty good, but not really first rate.

El Bravo always seems to rank high in the lists of best hole-in-the-wall Mexican places in the Valley. We've not been too impressed before, but were close, so whattheheck....

I had a machaca chimi, which was big and crisp, with decent beef. But too much Stuff on top: guacaomole, sour crm, tons of cheese etc. Wife had chicken flautas, which she said were pretty good, but just so-so chicken. Refritos were above average, but nothing special. Chips were good, salsa pretty good ($1 extra). Service fast & friendly, as always.

The real highlight was the cookies with the check: light, crisp cinnamon-sugar flaky ones. You can buy them to go: 10 for a dollar. A deal. I asked the guy at the counter what they called them, he gave me a funny look and said "cinnamon crisps". Heh. I just had three, prompting this post. Boy, are they good, even day-old.

So -- what's your favorite Valley Mexican joint? Extra credit for northside or central, preferably near a freeway (we live in the Verde Valley, which is almost good-MX chow-free).

Incidentally, my two MX faves in the state are Guayo's El Rey in Miami, and Mi Nidito in South Tucson.

TIA & happy eating!

Pete Tillman

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