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Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St. (Thomas Rd.) Send to Phone
602-636-0240 | Menu
Positioned in the heart of the barrio, this hip but friendly café proves that Mexican food can be complex and sophisticated.
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Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Live music Fri.-Sat.
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 4 reviews
Barrio Cafe, Phoenix, AZ

Barrio Cafe Restaurant Review

: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, who co-owns Barrio with her partner Wendy Gruber, proves that Mexican food is much, much more than tacos and burritos (though her tacos and burritos are dynamite). Her menu, filled with exotic specialties from all over Mexico, includes cheese fondue from Oaxaca, mole from Puebla and a cochinita pibil (dry-rubbed and slow-roasted pig) from the Yucatan. Chunky guacamole, mixed tableside, often includes something colorful and seasonal such as pomegranate seed or pineapple, and is not to be missed. Meanwhile, desserts --- particularly cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros rellenos, filled with dulce de leche --- are worth every extra calorie. The dining room, decorated with edgy art, black and white photos of Latin Americans and kitschy Mexican votive candles, has turned into an inner-city sanctum that is cool and quirky, but make no mistake: the kitchen is rooted in traditional Mexican cuisine.

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