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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#106 of 2,614 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
602-252-1503
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    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
Very good Lunch authentic feel

This is a locals, real Mexican food joint. Taco was great. Enchilada was pretty good. Coming from the North East there aren't many places like this.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Koedrick
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a locals, real Mexican food joint. Taco was great. Enchilada was pretty good. Coming from the North East there aren't many places like this.

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Thank Koedrick
Bakersfield, California, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The quality of the food here is second to none. I also stock up on tortilla's and tamales to take home (out of state) since these are the best quality flour torilla's.

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Thank Kathy W
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

The food and ambience is great but it's a dive inside so don't look for tablecloths just really good Mexican food. Prices very reasonable.

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Thank mark l
Pacific Beach, Washington
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Yes. I love their tortillas. I love that you can get them buttered. I love that they are big enough to wrap your tacos in. I've never had a bad meal at either location. I hear more are opening soon! It good food, great price and fast! What more do you want?

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Thank MissStuffy
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Had an enchilada, tamale, and taco. They were all fantastic. Quick, cheap, and right around the corner from the rental car building at PHX, this was the perfect lunch before setting off on a road trip to the Grand Canyon.

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Thank Nate P
Ortley Beach, NJ
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Recommended by rental car agent at Phoenix airport. Neighborhood not so great, Restaurant itself is several steps below a dive. Food was good and cheap with good selection.

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Thank LeoR024
Connecticut
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139 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This is 'cheap eats' fresh style. Order up at the counter when you get to the head of the line which goes pretty quickly, but also gives you plenty of time to read the overhead menu. Then wait just a bit for your number to be called (sort of like the chowder places at New England ferry docks). This gives... More 

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Thank babbettandcaptbill
Phoenix, Arizona
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place very old established business run to perfection every time you visit. They have a large menu and make everything from scratch. The one thing you should consider that aroind lunch time it can get very crowded, it's worth the wait for the great food everytime.

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Thank robert f
Denver, Colorado
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56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Order from menu board. Large open room. Eat off styrofoam containers with lids attached. Plastic wrapped utensils. Felt more like a high school cafeteria than a restaurant. 3 item combo piled on top of each other in container. Food was just ok. Worth trying but probably not going back. Very inexpensive

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Thank Victoria B
Bethesda
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We stop at Carolinas every time we are in Phoenix. The Mexican food is great and the place is the same as it was 30 years ago...people in suits and blue collars. In addition to great food they have all kinds of south of the border sodas. Go. You won't regret it.

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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 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?