In my opinion Arizona does a lot of things well (see: sunsets, winter weather, orange blossoms, etc.) but today we're focusing on the tacos. When I leave Arizona (see: four long winters in Utah for college) there are always many struggles to face, but the Mexican food is one of the worst. I'm snobby enough to declare that you just can't get the real deal when you're too far north of the border.
So I don't take this decision lightly.
Tacos are my favorite food, there's no question about it. And I've tried a lot of tacos in my day. So the label of Best Taco in Phoenix is not something I'll be handing out willy nilly to the nearest drive-through with a corn tortilla. After much thought and deliberation (but not really because IF YOU'VE EVER EATEN THIS THEN YOU'D KNOW IT'S OBVIOUS)....
America's Taco Shop: Al Pastor Taco
I never let a visiting friend leave Arizona without getting this in their belly. There's something about the way they marinate that pork that makes my taste buds want to weep tears of joy and yell ARRRRIBA all at once. I can't....I can't even talk about it anymore because I'll get mad that I don't have one right now. I mean I have FEELINGS for this taco.
And if carne asada is your thing, America's Taco Shop is touted as having the best in the valley. But please, at least try one al pastor. Do it for me. And your posterity. Think of the children.
And if you need a side dish...
You might think a side of refried beans is just a side of refried beans, but that's only because you haven't tried these ones. Order them. Just do it. Also, some introductory chips and salsa while you're waiting for your food never hurt anyone.
Do you have a favorite taco in Phoenix?
...and do you want to come to America's Taco Shop with me?