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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#96 of 2,439 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They have the greatest Mexican food with a great menu and open from 7am until 7 pm daily. It's hard to decide what you want because it's all so good, they do have some wait around the lunch time but it's worth it.

Thank Bob F
mesa az
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263 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are several good chimichangas to be found on the Valley but nothing compares to the ones served at the original Carolina's. There is absolutely no pretense here, with the barest amenities and decorations, but the chimis here are the best, the thinnest tortillas you can find and served WITHOUT the annoying sauces found in so many places. And be... More 

Thank mesatraveler
Rochester, New York
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very authentic. Place was crowded at 1:30 on a Friday. People from all over Phoenix. authentic corn tortillas, meats, hot salsa. Had my first tamales. Mushy corn paste around meat. Coarse tacos. Hard tacos reminded me of being stale, but authentic. In general authentic Mexican is not good food. A chef needs to really work with the basic elements to... More 

Thank stanroc
Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like authentic mexican food, you must check out this place. Bring home some fresh tortillas too. I like the crispy chicken tacos and any of the enchiladas. My son and husband like the Chimichangas and

Thank Carmenqb
Simi Valley, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent dishes, great price, friendly atmosphere, very rustic, the homemade flour tortillias (a dan of butter) are to die for. Everything delish

Thank reuben v
Mesa, Arizona
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111 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Defiantly call ahead to avoid waiting because most of downtown Phoenix is aware how good the food is. AND very reasonable. Check out their on line menu...you can't go wrong! Very Very Good!

Thank Bill85210
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

I love the burritos especially the green chile with beans it is super good I think their secret receive are the tortillas that are made there. You can order ahead to pick up there is always a line and the dinning area is not big so we prefer to take to eat comfortable at home Take a dozen with you... More 

Thank gaby j
Dayton, Ohio
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was chosen because we were looking for authentic Mexican food on our last night in Phoenix. It has good reviews though when I looked again after our experience it does have some bad ones that match my experience. 1st it is in a bad area and that's not where I like to take kids. 2nd it is disgusting... More 

Thank JBrenn232
Phoenix, Arizona
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Been going to Carolina's since the 80s and not much has changed. Don't let the looks of the place fool ya, honestly they're not known for their ambiance, it looks more like an industrial bulilding than a restaurant. But that's part of the charm, it's not uncommon for long lines or no place to sit at certain parts of the... More 

Thank ronv319
Benson, Arizona
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91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

A coworker and I stopped at Carolina's for lunch. I had a Green Machaca Burrito and he had a regular Machaca Burrito. Mine was super hot - meaning fresh out of the pot. The green sauce and cheese were melted and dripping out of the end of my burrito. I looked around, and saw that everybody had the same issue... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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

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