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The Original Carolina's Mexican Food

1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
+1 602-252-1503
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“machaca” (24 reviews)
“tortillas” (79 reviews)
“burrito” (28 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 19:30 Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great hole in the wall mexican food. This is a standard of great food in the Phoenix area. Sketchy part of town and not very clean, but awesome none the less. I had the machaca chimichanga. So good. And horchata on tap!! Probably the best...More

Thank JLars34
Reviewed yesterday

Parking can be tough here, and we've only been here for lunch, so we can't speak to the experience at other times. However, if we are in Phoenix or passing through on the way to Flagstaff, we almost always stop here to catch a meal....More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Don't let the typical dive look fool you. Tje food is tasty and fast deliverwe by courteous, friendly staff. I had the green burro which was flavorful and had chunks of tender meat in it. Also had the beef tamales which were big & filled...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We couldn’t eat meat because it was on a Friday in lent (per our religion) so we tried the bean burritos and enchiladas. They were very good. Chips, Salsa and guacamole were very good. Just bummed I couldn’t try the meat dishes. Would recommend and...More

Thank jaimelovebug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one of the most popular restaurants in Phoenix. I go when at work at the airport and have never been disappointed. love taking home their fresh tortillas, or sometimes just a tortilla with butter. they also have the red or green chili burrito- which one...More

Thank izymassage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to try Carolina’s after a suggestion from a native of Phoenix. The food was delicious and service was fantastic. We definitely will return.

Thank kaycee365
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you seek out the most delicious food in a city you're visiting, you must try Carolina's! What they lack in aesthetics they make up for in flavor! We had the cheese enchiladas (my 4 yo and 2 yo loved!), machaca plate(shredded beef), and a...More

Thank Andrea Y
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The food was great the salsa is a bit on the hot side and they have no mild sauce. The chips are authentic and homemade. They offer a variety of beverages in their soda dispenser including a few Mexican type drinks. The tamales were delicious....More

Thank Tina D
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

But not the last. Do not let the exterior scare you away. The food is fantastic. I had a macha burro and taco. Both were fantastic. Order at the counter, self serve drinks. Truly a diamond in the rough!

Thank feuermedic
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We did takeout at Carolina’s upon the recommendation of our son-in-law’s family and found the food just to be average. The salsa was too runny and hot for our taste. The eat item was the bean and potato burritos. Perhaps the food would have been...More

Thank rhalbailey
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1 February 2017|
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Response from Cameron C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sam - I'm not too sure why there are two different websites, but I've been to all of the Carolina's throughout the Valley and the quality is great at each location. I've never had anything taste different and all of the... More
1 February 2017|
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Response from Jeff C | Reviewed this property |
We have only eaten at the Original. And I can tell you you can't go wrong here is you are looking for authentic Mexican. The best, hands down.
25 January 2016|
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Response from DonJose13 | Reviewed this property |
Green chilies are under ripened, and red chilies are ripe, unless specified like, chili con carne, there is no meat in the sauce.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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