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They threw in everything but the kitchen sink with La Tolteca, which is a bakery, restaurant, and market all in one. Whether you work or study nearby, have to stick to a budget, or simply like to explore ethnic cuisines, it's a don't-miss stop within a stonesthrow of downtown. Pick up some pan dulce from the panadería, stock your pantry in the grocery area, and get an eyeful of the sprawling menu at the counter. We're fans of the decadent chilaquiles, overstuffed carne asada tortas, and sopes heaped with juicy pastor (spiced pork). Get it to go, or hang out in the colorful mural-filled dining room.
Arizona has an up-and-coming food scene, and there's a lot to be proud of, for sure. But when Chow Bella published a list of things that make Phoenix a better food town than New York City, I just had... More »
When it comes to the holiday season, living in the Southwest means enjoying the bonus of fresh tamales in addition to the rest of the country's more traditional fare. Whether they are green, red, vege... More »
Chilaquiles -- a starchy, spicy, comforting dish of quartered and fried corn tortillas, ladled with or simmered in chile sauce -- are one of Mexico's favorite hangover cures. They're also the go-to fo... More »
Turkey, stuffing, countless side dishes, dinner rolls -- you have enough on your plate to make for Thanksgiving. By ordering dessert from an expert baker, you free up some time to relax on the holiday... More »
The Chile Relleno Burro is my favorite. All Tacos have nice flavor and service in quick. Be adventurous and try a Tripa Taco. My Favorites from the Self serve Bakery area include Empanadas filled with Sweet Potatoes and Mexican Bread Pudding which is different then the American Style. Ask the attendant to point it out.
This place has delicious homemade mex. food. Chips are even tasty. The el pastor was excellent. Their beans are homemade along with delicious salsa, chucky and not too spicy, although i did request another one that was spicy and it wasn't as tasty. I loved the market too, the flour tortillas were 100% better than what you can get in any store. I'm from San Diego,ca so I'm pretty picky on my mex. food.....go here you'll like it. Don't expect fancy as it's a "at home" place.
The prices for what you get here are a good deal but I find the food mediocre. The first time I was here I ordered a chicken burrito and it tasted like tons of vegetable oil and the meat looked a bit pink. I came back and got beef nachos and had a better experience than with the chicken (and the portions were so large I couldn't finish my nachos) but it was still meh.
There are a lot of great Mexican markets in this town, and there's no doubt everyone has a neighborhood favorite. Among them all, La Tolteca is a real standout, not only for its restaurant, panadería, and carnicería, but also for its central location and ability to bring together a wide variety of people. Stop by on a busy weekend afternoon for some succulent mahi mahi tacos with queso fresco or red chile chilaquiles smothered with avocado, cotija, and crema. You'll spot... More »
To call La Tolteca the best panadería (a.k.a. Mexican bakery) is just the tip of the iceberg when describing this Phoenix establishment. The dulce de leche churros (sugary cinnamon sticks filled with sweet caramel filling) are just one of the reasons we keep coming back to this sweet little bite of Mexican goodness. Handmade tortillas, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats fill the bakery cases, which seem to go on for miles. Along with the baked goods, La Tolteca also offers fresh... More »
Ambitious is the word that comes to mind when we think of La Tolteca, an affordable spot close to downtown that goes the extra mile to give customers the Mexican food they crave. Love tacos and burritos? Sure, they've got 'em, from basics like carne asada and shredded chicken to more exotic fillings like tripa (tripe), lengua (tongue) and cabeza (head). La Tolteca does huge tortas on fresh telera (there's an in-house bakery here, natch), sopes, quesadillas, tamales, and a slew of combo... More »
We're not sure which is more fun: walking into La Tolteca to catch a whiff of fresh bread and the mouthwatering selection of baked goods displayed in cases at the front of the restaurant, or walking out with a bag full of fragrant confections that we'll inevitably devour as soon as we hop in the car. We're talking huge cookies, macaroons, rolls, fruit-filled empanadas, tortillas, and irresistible tres leches cakes, available in regular sizes and party-worthy sheets. No matter what kind of... More »
Whether we're craving a simple sweet treat or need to order up a festive special-occasion cake, La Tolteca's our go-to spot. It's a given that we stock up on fresh corn and flour tortillas, of course, but there's so much more to tempt us -- it's just impossible to walk past the row of illuminated display cases filled with huge Mexican cookies, pan dulce, empanadas, flan, and churros. Something always stops us in our tracks, despite our best attempts to head to the adjacent counter for a... More »
We have a very good friend who's a very good cook, and recently, she let on that she's been perfecting a recipe for tres leches cake. We put in an order for our birthday, but 'til then, we will continue to worship La Tolteca's version. Tres leches means "three milks," indicating the main ingredients: condensed, evaporated, and whole milk. All together, you've got one rich, delicious cake, so moist it's hard to tell where the icing leaves off and the cake begins. Dear friend, you have big... More »
Does anyone in this town remember the Guggy's surprise cake? At this point, we're pretty sure we dreamed the whole thing up, but we have vivid memories of birthday cakes purchased at Guggy's coffee shop (there was one at Scottsdale Fashion Square, back in the day when that was still an outdoor mall) made of thick, rich layers of cake layered with sweet frosting and some sort of nutty, chocolaty filling -- the "surprise." Fantasy or not, we've fulfilled our longing with the Mexican version o... More »
We thought we'd died and gone to Libertad Mercado in Guadalajara when we discovered the Mexican cookware, utensils and supplies stocked at La Tolteca, a combo bakery, deli, restaurant and meat counter on East Van Buren done up in bright, serape-esque colors. If you can tear yourself away from La Tolteca's long glass bakery cases filled with fragrant pan dulce, freshly deep-fried churros and whipped-cream-topped tres leches cake and are not deflected by its fabulous meat counter and eat-in... More »
Lunchtime at La Tolteca is as busy as Van Buren gets -- during the day. La Tolteca is a bright and cheery superstore, a bakery, restaurant, butcher shop and supermarket where you can buy tamarind candies, dried Jamaica flowers, beer, fresh cucumber juice and beef tongue. But the way La Tolteca is designed, it's the panaderia, or bakery section, that customers must file by first -- gleaming glass cases with pan dulce, multicolored cookies and fresh fruit, guava-filled empanadas, churros,... More »
Eating at La Tolteca is like eating in a Mexican market, because actually we are eating in a Mexican market. This place is part Hispanic grocery store, part kitchen accessory store, part bakery, part butcher shop, part fast-food takeout counter, part sit-down restaurant. The music is loud and boisterous, the servers are cheerful chatterboxes, and, most important, the food is amazing. We stop in for tacos whenever we're in the 'hood (okay, it's not a glamorous 'hood, surrounded by used-car... More »
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