In the hunt for the latest trendy restaurants, our spotlight often misses neighborhoods that are home to some of the Valley’s best kitchens — including those making metro Phoenix’s best tacos. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be guiding you toward the Valley’s tastiest tacos, and the taquerías that serve them. Welcome to Taco Summer.
31: Tacos Jalisco
Taquería: Tacos Jalisco
Open Since: 1996
Style: Influence comes from the foods of Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco, Mexico.
Signature Taco(s): Carne asada with everything (including the amazing red salsa)
There are a few secret dining gems in Old Town Scottsdale about which people are pretty tight-lipped. One of the most cherished is Tacos Jalisco.
Drive south down 68th Street from Indian School Road, just a minute or two, and your surroundings will rapidly change from spendy-looking modern apartment buildings to neighborhoods with older homes and significantly less landscaping.
Jalisco itself is situated next to an alleyway that leads into a section of the neighborhood. Next to it are a Circle K, a laundromat, and sports bar called the Closing Soon Saloon.
The big menu at Tacos Jalisco spans two walls, but the most popular order is the carne asada.
The family who runs the shop — Reyes Jr., his older sister, and his parents, Patricia Alvarez and Jose Reyes Sr. — originally are from Guadalajara, the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1998, when Reyes Jr. was 7, and their nationality shows in dishes like their enchiladas, tortas ahogadas, fish dishes that represent their Catholic observation of Lent, and champurrado, a chocolate flavored…
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