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Carolina's Mexican Food-The Original

#112 of 2,519 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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1202 E Mohave St, 9030 W Peoria ave Peoria Az, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
+1 602-252-1503
07:00 - 19:30
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Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Grapevine, Texas
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you're more about the food than atmosphere and amenities, definitely give Carolina's a try. My wife would never consider traveling thru Phoenix without stopping in at the original Carolina's. Our favorites are the hard shell beef tacos which are made with shredded beef and the Machaca burritos are another favorite. Carolina's sauce is also outstanding, with just the right... More 

Thank aabikr
Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had two different people at the airport tell us it was great. Got there and had my doubts - went in and bam friendly service, clean and amazing food!

Thank cecelola1
Geneva, Switzerland
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Authentic, no frills, great value, great food...down-to-earth, gets the job done...this place does exactly what it "says on the tin"! Anyone can go here and enjoy great food.

Thank acid_slug
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always get excited to go to a hole in the wall Mexican place. Usually the grungier the better. Carolina's was no exception to the rule. Wall to wall people during the noon hour to get a taste of their local favorite. Green Chile burrito was very good. Flavorful and filling. Definitely ready for a nap after lunch!

Thank teamarchuleta21
West Milford, New Jersey
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want hole-in-the-wall really good, authentic Mexican food, this is the place to go!! Cafeteria style restaurant (absolutely no frills) order your food and wait until your number is called at the window counter. But-wow, is it fresh and delicious!!! Chips and salsa are worth every calorie. We got chicken burritos and they were fantastic-don't skip the guac-totally worth... More 

Thank caldwellgirl3
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for someplace for lunch after our flight and came across Carolina's. We weren't going to stop at first since the place looked pretty run down. But when we saw the full parking lot we figured it had to be good. And we were right. So glad we decided to try it. Best Mexican food we've had. We arrived just... More 

Thank CathyAnn8991
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

OMG!!! This place is the best dive ever. I had tacos. Everything is so inexpensive and yummy!!! Close to the airport so you must try when you fly in!!!

Thank stephanieweatherford
Mesa, Arizona, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All I have to say is this is by far the best authentic Mexican food bar none, anywhere! Worth the drive. Get the chimichangas. Or get the tacos. Never had such a delicious Mexican meal like this. Please note, you do not go here for the atmosphere. Restaurant is dingy, but who cares! The lines of people say it all.... More 

Thank Tammy K
Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Craving an enchilada, stopped by Carolina's after what i thought would be lunch rush (1:50 pm) stood in line to place my order, 25 minutes later got my enchilada and taco. Would have tasted great had it been hot. The taco was cold, the cheese in the enchilada was not melted. As I stood there deciding what my course of... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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138 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We were worried we were at the wrong place when we pulled up. Family told us this was a must for authentic Mexican. The outside has barred windows and doesn't look like much but there were many nice cars parked so we went in. I had to take pictures to show how it was. The food was very good but... More 

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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, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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, 9030 W Peoria ave Peoria Az, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?