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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#96 of 2,441 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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New Palestine, Indiana
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89 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well, what can I say. I'll say this place has alot of personality! Really a local place to eat, where you can get authentic mexican food. Glad we stopped to get a couple of burritoes.

Thank kkstein
Tucson, Arizona
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on our way from Tucson to sedona. Everyone had burritos from chorizo, machca, red chili and beans. Needless to say that we all enjoyed it

Thank Anthony R
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is certainly not a fine dining experience. Food is served in styrofoam serving containers or on paper plates. No alcohol served. The building is run down and doesn't look like much. The food is excellent. Fresh homemade tortillas made daily. Great lunch spot. Most people buy the tortillas by the dozen to take home. They always have a huge... More 

Thank Levi J
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, I am a tortilla snob. Sometime in the early 80's a friend introduced me to the best tortillas outside of Mrs. Solerez's kitchen and quite a delicious green chile burro as well. I've in turn introduced many people since. Carolina's has done some growing over the years and without losing quality, those tortillas and that green chili... More 

Thank Toni B
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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272 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 July 27, 2016 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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114 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 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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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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?