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The Mexico City-style food at Gallo Blanco, the Clarendon's in-house eatery, is casual and unpretentious, with dirt-cheap prices to match. What isn't obvious until you taste it, though, is the thoughtful preparation and great ingredients that make it so addicting. Chef-owner Doug Robson's big on local purveyors, and he doesn't overlook the details that elevate the dining experience. From made-to-order tortillas to charred tomato Bloody Marys, everything gets a little extra oomph. Try the tender marinated pork cochinita - served as a taco or a torta - and don't miss the inspired crepas con cajeta, crepes slathered in luscious caramel sauce, sliced bananas, and whipped crema fresca. You might eat yourself into a food coma, but hey, you can always check into the hotel if the mood strikes.
Nothing says relaxing on a sunny day quite like a pineapple cocktail. We've recently found our cravings for them rising along with the temperatures, so we decided to put two of our favorites up agains... More »
A rough day, a hot afternoon, a leisurely brunch -- we'd be hard-pressed not to come up with an excuse to suck down a margarita. But in any and all of the above cases, it'd better be good.Gallo Blanco bartenders shake up a variety of margaritas with grapefruit juice, jalapeño, prickly pear, and Grand Marnier, but we prefer to stick to what's old-school and proven to last. At Gallo, that's the Margarita Classico. The classico has two ingredients: fresh-squeezed citrus and Sauza... More »
Elote translates to Mexican-style grilled corn on the cob, and it's where Gallo Blanco really delivers. Maybe not to your house, but definitely to your house. Gallo Blanco gussies an entire ear of sweet roasted corn with lime-infused mayonnaise that coats every kernel with a hint of citrus. The layer of mayo also acts as glue for a thin layer of dry, crumbly cotija cheese. A sprinkle of chili powder and a spritz of fresh lime finish off the perfect elote. Sweet, savory, spicy, rich, and tart... More »
The only way to make the fresh cantaloupe and watermelon (among others) juices at Gallo Blanco -- the restaurant at the hipper-than-thou Clarendon Hotel -- is to add a healthy shot of tequila or vodka. So that's just what we do. It's very responsible: We're getting our vitamins. This is a healthy way to imbibe, right? Be sure to do so with Gallo's killer guacamole and chips. Hey, stop judging. Avocado is a super-food! And at least we're soaking up all that booze. More »
Street tacos seem to be Gallo Blanco's thing, but what can we say? The juicy carne asada torta is killer, topped with charred tomato salsa, while the cochinita pibil is a delightful mélange of sweet and savory flavors. And then there's the beautifully sinful Naco Torta, which teams tender grilled rib eye and charred tomato salsa with two oozy fried eggs on top. The tortas here are truly addicting, better than what you'll find at places that specialize in these hefty Mexican sandwiches. More »
Awesome tacos on made-to-order tortillas? Top-notch tortas on fluffy telera bread? Thirst-quenching homemade aguas frescas? It's hard to pick just one thing from Gallo Blanco Café to rave about. Still, we think the elote callejero represents everything that's great about this hip but unpretentious eatery inside the Clarendon Hotel. The grilled Mexican street corn is simple, fresh, and ridiculously tasty, a huge cob of juicy kernels kissed with smokiness from the grill. It's covered... More »
Seems like most hotel eateries fall into one of two categories -- the generic, functional spot aimed at people staying there or the fancy fine-dining place geared toward big spenders of any stripe. Gallo Blanco Café, however, is remarkable in that it doesn't feel like it's in a hotel in the first place. In some other city, perhaps, you'd probably find a place like Gallo Blanco on a walkable street full of interesting shops and other indie restaurants, but because this is Phoenix,... More »
This place has some amazing veggie tacos filled with grilled veggies, queso fresco and guac. They're only $2 a piece but they're small (street taco style) so you'll need around 3 to fill up - still a great deal. I love pretty much any form of sweet potato fries, so I definitely suggest you get an order as a side or app. Dig into the aioli it comes with - it's delicious.
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