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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#100 of 2,429 Restaurants in Phoenix
#102 of 2,672 Places to Eat in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 84
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Awesome, authentic Mexican food.

The best Mexican food I've eaten has always been in places that look like dives. This is one of the best of that ilk. Amazing food, nice selection, really good salsa. I highly recommend it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
carljw
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Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Surprise, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I had heard that this place was a Phoenix fixture and worth the trip. I was nearby and decided to get lunch. Parking area was packed and the building is very plain. Inside the restaurant it was very plain, tables were full and people waiting in line to order. I ordered a green chili burrito, it was delicious. I highly... More 

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Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews 105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The best Mexican food I've eaten has always been in places that look like dives. This is one of the best of that ilk. Amazing food, nice selection, really good salsa. I highly recommend it!

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Santa Teresa, New Mexico
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Great mexican food. As an American of Mexican descent, I got to say that this place is pretty darn good. Just wish they made caldo de res! But their machaca was dead on great as well as their tacos and bean and cheese burrito! Going again mañana before heading back to El Paso, TX

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NW Arkansas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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185 reviews 185 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
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30 reviews 30 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
67 helpful votes 67 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 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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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: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?