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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#105 of 2,615 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican
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1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
602-252-1503
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7:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Dive

The place is clean but not fancy at all. The food is authentic. The hand made flour tortillas made on site are huge. We enjoyed everything we ordered, our party of three ordered a #2 and #13 with chips and 2 tortillas. We took leftovers back to the resort. Definite a place to visit if you want... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
heathernta
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NW Arkansas
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
NW Arkansas
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The place is clean but not fancy at all. The food is authentic. The hand made flour tortillas made on site are huge. We enjoyed everything we ordered, our party of three ordered a #2 and #13 with chips and 2 tortillas. We took leftovers back to the resort. Definite a place to visit if you want authentic!

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Phoenix Arizona
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173 reviews 173 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I'll admit that I haven't eaten at ever Mexican food place in the world. But I've eaten at more than my share of them. I can't tell you how many times I've eaten Carolinas food. We get take out from here for birthdays at work. Everyone has loved it for the past 10+ years we've ordered food from here. Especially... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place was clean and the food and service was good. Not much healthy on the menu which was expected. Place was jam packed. But no Latinos were here which made me wonder.

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Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I have been eating here for 25 years, every time I come to Phoenix. I even drive in from far east in the valley, just to eat here. The tortillas, chorizo, and hot sauce are to die for! Don't let the location or appearance influence you not to try it.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Don't expect a nice ambience. This place is old and ugly but the food makes this place a 5 star joint for Mexican food. The freshly made flour tortillas are the hall Mark of this little jewel. Carolina's is a favorite among downtown workers and can get very busy during lunch. Hang around to savor the true ambience of real... More 

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Chalfont
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

Excellent Mexican food. From the outside it doesn't look like anyplace I would try on my own, but the food was amazing. There is nothing thing fancy here, just straight-forward delicious Mexican food. Order cafeteria style and all food comes in styrofoam containers. Yeah u can choose to eat inside(old mismatched fast food tables and booths) or take out. Either... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We have used Carolinas(Mohave location) twice for an event. Both times they have come through. The prices are very reasonable, the service is excellent and the food delicious. You will not find a better value.

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Aurora, Colorado
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Quite an interesting and eclectic layout in this cinderblock piece of heaven. Unbelievable how busy they were at 3:00 on a Monday afternoon. They have some of the best tortillas anywhere! Excellent fast food LOOKING menu, with home cooked flavor. Great WWII photos in the back of the shop, and several interesting photos add to the ambiance of the joint.... More 

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is one of those little places that has people lining up to eat there, and we joined the line. Although we don't live in Phoenix any longer, we remember the fabulous green chili burros (which you can't find in Texas!) and award-winning, handmade tortillas. If you're looking for ambience, better keep looking, but if you're looking for fresh, tasty... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

great food at a low price. beats all the big restaurants by far. my favorite red chili burrito enchilada style. umm don't for get the tortillas!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix
  • Phone Number: 602-252-1503

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?