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“Convenient and good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gallo Blanco Cafe - CLOSED

Gallo Blanco Cafe
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, American, Southwestern, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: We are no longer at The Clarendon Hotel & actively looking for a new home.
Grand Junction, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Convenient and good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

wonderful food for being in a hotel. It was a late night stop for me and my daughter and we were not disappointed. We both enjoyed a burger and fried, kept it simple. The burger was a good size and the fries were delicious! The staff was all very friendly and the the food came out quick. Good place to stop in the phoenix area!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jodi G
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  • English first
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English first
St. Louis
Level Contributor
34 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Game changer in hotel restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Usually hotel restaurants are very lackluster. This place is certainly an exception! The pork torte was delicious, their guacamole is wonderfully umami and the picosa cocktail with pineapple and jalenpenos is a real kick. The outdoor area has mist blowers that feel wonderful in the hot evening breeze. We've also eaten breakfast here and the breakfast burrito was huge and delicious. My husband completely cleaned his steak and eggs plate! We'll definitely be back when we're in Phoenix!

Visited July 2013
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Thank Dirtydirtyretro
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Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The Best Traditional Mexican Food Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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 bubbles 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
Level Contributor
67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fantastic fresh breakfast and lovely cocktails”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WrldtrvlrThree
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