2814 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006-1205

Barrio Cafe

Cuisine: Mexican, Lunch, Vegetarian

Barrio Cafe is a Mexican, Lunch, and Vegetarian restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 1/08/2017

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 Phoenix, AZ

Barrio Cafe

Barrio has fabulous food with good service. The only problem is the wait time. Personally, I wonder if they ‘throttle the queue’ as they want to tell people it is a 3 to 4 hour wait. If they took reservations, it would definitely alleviate this problem. You have to try their guacamole with pomegranate seeds

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 Phoenix, AZ

Mexican cuisine fused from all of Mexico!

If you’re a real Mexican food lover (not southwest, not Tex-Mex, not fast-food), looking for an upscale and sophisticated rendering of Mexican cuisine fused from all of Mexico, needing a place to take out-of-towners for a delectable meal… then here’s the place you need to be! If you are looking for chips and salsa, find somewhere else. Taste, authenticity, service and enjoyment is what you’ll find here! From the facility created from sweat and tears, to the décor and settings, the fabulous Tequila selection and the passion that’s been put into this work of love is indescribable but shows up in the meal you will enjoy here. Barrio was given birth by the amazing, renown and award-winning Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza who trekked alone across Mexico, bringing that knowledge to Phoenix and in 2002 opening Barrio Café with business partner Wendy Gruber. “…I wanted to introduce people to the food I had eaten backpacking my way through Mexico” she has said. Chef Esparza’s creation is now the epitome of “Modern Mexican Cuisine” in Phoenix! In our multiple visits to Barrio, I can only say that we never tire of the incredible food. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner, you can’t go wrong. In our visits we’ve enjoyed beverages the likes of Jamaica Margarita; Dos XX Amber beer; Bohemia beer; and a fantastico Sergio el Suave Milagro Añejo Tequila with pineapple, and fresh lime juices, agave nectar, cilantro and candied jalapeño. Our dinner and lunches have included, but not limited to: Tableside Guacamole del Barrio, served and prepared table-side during your meal; a delectable Cochinita Pibil which they marinate with achiote, sour orange, wrap within banana leaves covered in red onion and pico de gallo; their Posole Verde is the best I’ve had ever and is jam-packed with pork, hominy, roasted tomatillo with poblano chiles, cabbage, radish and onions; the Chiles en Nogada that’s a roasted poblano filled with chicken, apple, dried pear and apricot, almond cream sauce along with cilantro, queso fresco and pomegranate seeds is to die for – one of the best Poblano renditions I have ever had! In the desert arena, one of our fantabulous tries have been Pastel Oaxaca; and to wrap it up their Coffee is Barrio Café’s blend of Chiapas Izapa coffee, pressed at the table – all completely recommended, yet they have more! I could not walk away on our first visit without purchasing their apropos ‘Comida Chingona’ T-Shirt – a tribute to Esparza’s “Bad-Ass Food”! I go Barrio whenever I can, ‘cause their consistency never fails to satisfy us. If you really want a great meal that’s like being in someone’s Mexican home, this is as close as it comes. Kudos to the Chef, staff and cooks! Bon appétit!” or you might say “Buen Provecho”!

Mexican Good for groups Lunch
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