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“The Best Traditional Mexican Food Ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gallo Blanco Cafe - CLOSED

Gallo Blanco Cafe
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: We are no longer at The Clarendon Hotel & actively looking for a new home.
Tucson, Arizona
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93 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The Best Traditional Mexican Food Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Finding Gallo Blanco attached to the lobby of a hotel one would never guess this place serves the best traditional Mexican food we have ever had and at great prices too. At happy hour selected offerings are $1 off. That makes the Cochinita Taco and the Carne Asada Taco cost $1.75!!! We started out with one of each of the top four tacos on the menu, the two above, a Fish Taco (rock fish), and Verduras de Temporada (vegetables). The later is spectacular and one had a good cut of pumpkin that was unbelievably sweet. They come standing up in a taco holder. Each of us took a taste and we immediately ordered four more of the same.

There is so much to enjoy and marvel at, a reasonable length review is difficult. Try the Elote Callejero (ear of corn on the cob with cotija cheese and smoked paprika), we ordered two after seeing it go by to another table. The guacamole is relatively expensive ($5.50 during happy hour) but contains just right spicing and chunks of avocado. Kids under 10 eat free from the kids menu and I found the "plain" guacamole as good as the adult guac. And do not miss the Pork Quesadilla ($3 at happy hour) with braised pork, Oaxaca cheese and jalapeno relish. Our 6 year old grandson demanded another and ate the whole thing himself.

Finally, DO NOT SKIP DESSERT! Above all order the orange cake which is surprisingly tasty without being either too cake-like blank or acidic. We also had the Crepas con Cajeta which was three large, thick crepes drizzled in cajeta (like caramel sauce) and topped with platano (cooked banana variety).

We live some 100 miles away in Tucson, but will surely drive the 200 mile round trip occasionally just to visit Gallo Blanco. I only hope reviews like this don't overwhelm such a gem of a café.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank John R
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Goodyear, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Really good Mexican food with a twist!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Tucked away in a retro hotel downtown is a small restaurant & bar serving some of the best home style Mexican food even folks who dislike beans and guacamole will enjoy. The prok quesadillas are great. The freshly made guacamole with big chunks of avocado and the roasted corn are not to be missed. Top that off with the best sangria in town! They also serve delicious breakfast ALL day.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Hirneisen-Family
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Oklahoma City, OK
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fantastic fresh breakfast and lovely cocktails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a great breakfast at Gallo Blanco after arriving in PHX at an odd hour of the morning. Huevos rancheros (very good), omelet (fabulous) and breakfast burrito (also fabulous). Ordered a Bloody Mary (nothing special), prickly pear margarita (very nice) and a picoso (very good). Had our two kids with us and their meal was free and just a buck for a big glass of fresh squeezed oj. Definitely a steal! A part of a hotel that appears to be undergoing a face lift so the atmosphere is a bit odd right now. Nonetheless, great food and drinks. We would love to go again before we have to head back home so we can try the lunch menu.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank WrldtrvlrThree
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Kelowna, Canada
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192 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“OMG!!! THE BEST FOOD EVER!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is HANDS DOWN the BEST Mexican food I've EVER had!! and I've been to Mexico four times!!!!!

We had:
the street corn - OMG!! a MUST try
ALL of their single served taco's - OMG!
the guacamole - I miss it already!! - Can you send me some??? :)
The classic margarita's - OMG!
The burrito - OMG!
the lime tart - OMG!
the orange cake - OMG!
Their fire roasted Salsa - OMG!
Their fresh salsa - boy was it fresh!!

I'm salavating just writing this review!!

One thing: It's located inside the Clarendon Hotel which yes, looks a bit sketchy from the outside however please don't let that deter you. Its an eclectic mix of people but that is what made this restaurant have such an amazing atmosphere!!! SUCH an amazing meal, I can't wait to go back!

Bravo!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank zorka3500
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Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“WOW! so good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Amazing drinks, icy cold beer always, among my fav appetizer is the "elote" or corn, chicharron de queso, tacos (that is dinner) if you do breakfast OMG chille aquiles is the way to go.
Yes sometimes service is slow even when is not full the restaurant, there is certainly room for improvement there but food quality makes you easily forget about a little more than usual wait but not unbearable. A must do when in Phoenix, prices are just right!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Clara B
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