Phoenix doesn’t officially have a food that it calls its own—at least, not in the way that Philly has cheesesteaks—but, if we had to pick just one, it would be tacos.
CRUjiente Tacos puts a gourmet twist on traditional Mexican fare.
1. Blanco Tacos & Tequila
This taqueria is part of Fox Restaurant Group (perhaps the most famous restaurant group in Phoenix), serving up killer street-style tacos and creative margaritas, like one made with smashed watermelon, white tequila and chile lime salt. Multiple locations
2. CRUjiente Tacos
Since 2016, CRUjiente Tacos has been creating chef-driven, Instagram-ready tacos (like the tempura avocado taco) for which Phoenicians have fallen head over heels. Taco specials rotate weekly. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.687.7777
3. Joyride Taco House
A concept from restaurant group Upward Projects, Joyride Taco House dishes out a variety of tacos topped with ingredients such as carne asada, chipotle shrimp and Baja fish. Multiple locations
The blood orange margarita at Joyride Taco House
Photography by: from top: debby wolvos; Shelby moore