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The Taco Toro is the signature taco at this popular East Valley taqueria chain.
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 taquerias that serve them. Welcome to Taco Summer.
13: Moreno’s Mexican Grill
Taqueria: Moreno’s Mexican Grill, six locations in the southeast Valley
Northern Mexican and Mexico City-style eats
In the southeast Valley, there may not be a more beloved name in Mexican food than Moreno’s Mexican Grill. The locally owned, family-run micro-chain got its start as a humble Sonoran hot dog cart back in 2006, and it’s grown exponentially over the subsequent decade.
There are now six sit-down Moreno locations scattered around Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, and San Tan Valley, and each branch of the thriving restaurant chain is operated by various members of the Moreno clan, who trace their roots to Durango, Mexico.
Moreno’s may have made its mark with Sonoran hot dogs, but today the restaurant is better known for its extensive taco menu.
The Baja taco at Moreno’s.
Be forewarned that the taco selection varies according to location; you’ll only find regional taco varieties like vampiros (tacos delivered on dried-out, crunchy tortillas), for instance, at some of the Mesa and Chandler locations. Some locations feature a very credible Baja fish taco, with…
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