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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
602-252-1503
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Ranked #132 of 2,571 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I am trying to not be biased here, simply because my only experiences with mexican food are fusion restaurants, so I do admin I've never had real mexican food. The place is a hole in the wall and to be honest I felt I could have got stabbed from one moment to another since the area doesn't look exactly tourist... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

When I curbside checked my bag at the Atlanta airport, the gentleman ask me were I was going. I told him Phoenix Az. He said he was from Phoenix. He recommended me to Carolina's Mexican. He was right, it was some of the most Authentic Mexican food I have tasted. I ordered the No. 1 (one taco and enchilada ).... More

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We are 20 miles from Carolina's but we seem to find our selves there a couple times a month. The place is not fancy but the food is great. Make sure to try different things they are all good, make sure and order a buttered tortilla . Bring cash because there are times the debit machine is not working. One... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

this is the type of burritos I remember from spending time near the mexican border in the 70's. freshly-made tortillas (not the rubbery kind that the typical fast food place uses), fresh ingredients, amazing salsa verde. decor is basic concrete floors but do not let that dissuade you .. great, real mexican food in a simple setting

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Sacramento, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

If your idea of great Mexican food is your local Mexican chain at the mall, do not go here! But if your looking for a mild culinary adventure, maybe just a little out of your comfort zone than this place is for you. The area is a bit sketchy and the building seems somewhat dubious but we felt perfectly safe... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

You wouldn't think it would be hard to find great Mexican food in Arizona, but it can be. Carolina's has some of the best Mexican food. It is authentic, and inexpensive. The location on Mohave can seem a bit scary if you have never been there. It's definitely not in a good neighborhood. You can relax though, I've been there... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I ordered a machaca burrito to go over the weekend. The tortilla was homemade, fresh, and perfect in every way. The machaca, or beef, was seasoned just right, cooked to perfection, and shredded how I like it. The only thing I didn't like was how long I had to wait for my food, but it's a good thing to see... More

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Reno,NV
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

No atmosphere, but it makes up for it with quick service and off the hook authentic Mexican food. Very reasonably priced. Spiced well

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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I lived in Central America for 20 years so maybe you should ignore my review BUT this is not that good of food. I asked a Mexican friend "please tell me where I can get some authentic Mexican" and he sent me specifically to this Carolina's because it is the original and was the original owners. I don't care if... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I haven't eaten Mexican Food this good for years. The seasonings were perfect and the flavors perfectly blended. He had a tamale plate complete with beans and rice. The tamales were topped with red sauce and cheese. They were meat filled. My burrito was filled with refried beans, potatoes, cheese and chorizo. The flour tortilla was so... More

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