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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#101 of 2,476 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
+1 602-252-1503
07:00 - 19:30
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:30
Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like a run down spot but knew we were in the right place when local police officers came in. Food was good, not much for ambiance.

Thank Nancy H
Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are many wonderful things to eat at this local establishment, but my personal favorite is the Oaxaca Special, but you have to get it double-wrapped. Their tortillas are huge here, but to avoid the inevitable 'blow-out' on your burrito, they will wrap the burrito with an extra tortilla to hold everything together. Their buttered tortillas are also a really... More 

Thank Cameron C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Location: near airport Parking: free and on-site Atmosphere: run down-ish Staff: average Menu: fairly basic Meal: average Prices: inexpensive Visit Again: no Recommend To Friends: no

Thank Nikki P
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Picked this place for 2 reasons, proximity to the airport and reviews on TripAdvisor. The next time we are in Phoenix we will eat here again. The place was so busy at lunch that we actually ate in our car. We both had chimichangas. Probably the best chimichangas we have ever had.

Thank Jeff C
New Palestine, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

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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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 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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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 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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167 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix
  • Phone Number: +1 602-252-1503

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?