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This inconspicuous hole-in-the-wall, with its tiny, bare-bones dining room, is home to inexpensive but delicious Sonoran-style eats. Whole grilled chickens ($10.65) and the parrillada (a generously sized mixed grill served over a flame) are the specialties at Norte de Sonora and are served with tortillas, vegetables, beans, and excellent red salsa. About that mixed grill: the carne asada is top-notch, but the tongue, beef head, pastor, barbacoa, and rib should not be overlooked. Each meat also is available in tacos, tortas, and burritos, as well. And the large $5 chicken burro (filled with the outstanding grilled chicken, shredded cabbage, frijoles, and creamy guacamole) easily is the best of its kind in Central Phoenix.
A craving for burritos brought me to Asadero Norte De Sonora last night for dinner, as well as the fact that they won Phoenix New Times' Best Burrito award last year and they're real close to where I live. The chicken burro did NOT disappoint -- the chicken was juicy and awesome, it was HUGE, and it came with little tubs of guacamole and salsa -- for $5. I ordered it to-go, and it came out quickly and was still hot when I got it home. Needless to say, I won't be paying a certain burrito chain extra $$ for guac and a burrito full of rice again any time soon now that I've tried this gem.
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Of the roughly five gazillion places in the Valley that serve a chicken burrito, this humble little orange building on 16th Street just north of Washington is the one we keep coming back to time and again. How could it be that good? First, the chicken is from a rotisserie bird, chopped up with the skin for that much more flavor. Then, the chopped chicken is rolled up in a fresh, warm tortilla along with shredded cabbage, wonderfully rich frijoles, and creamy guacamole. It's heaven,... More »
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