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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
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Ranked #92 of 2,583 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
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
Reno, Nevada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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128 reviews 128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Very old authentic true Mexican food You will be surprised at the quality of everything on the menu including breakfast

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Carolina's is one of my favorites. I love the bean potato and cheese burrito and the red machaca burrito. The meat is so flavorful and the tortillas are always fresh! The salsa is good too. It doesn't look like much from the outside and the inside follows suite. However the food is great. Simple, great tasting Mexican food.

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Edwards, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

It lives up to the "best of" hype. Chorizo and machaca breakfast burritos were tested. Both were excellent - flavorful and the machaca was something I had never tried before. The location is within minutes of the airport.

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Avondale, Arizona
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The home made hot, buttered flour tortillas are AMAZING! The combination plates are the best buy for your money. You get a lot of food for a resonable price. The food is fresh, authentic Mexican Food! *NOTE: call your order in and get it to go! This will saving you waiting in LONG lines! This resturant experiences very HIGH CUSTOMER... More 

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Additional Information about Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

Address: 1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
Phone Number: 602-252-1503
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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