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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 good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“machaca” (23 reviews)
“tortillas” (80 reviews)
“burrito” (29 reviews)
Closes in 23 min
07:00 - 19:30All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
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1 - 10 of 236 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Mexican food! We were visiting Phoenix for the day and a man on the street corner recommended Carolinas to us for lunch and I am so thankful! The restaurant doesn't look like much outside (or inside) but I knew when we saw the long...More

Thank Y7445HLdavidk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here while we were visiting Phoenix. This is probably the best Mexican food either of us have had, that given we're from Ohio and there's not too many authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.

Thank Tracy A
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

FYI they told me the tortillas and beans are made with lard, so hubby ate solo...he said the enchilada sauce was "among the best" he'd eaten before. It's a good dive place for carnivores.

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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We got a dining tip by the rental car company to eat at Carolina's - and boy was he right! You have to look past the worn down building with bars on the window, the lack of fancy on the inside to see the amazing...More

Thank MichelleSherwin
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Been along time since I had food like this. Its ok other places but this is old school approach to food and I really liked all I had.

Thank WCTraveler51
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The primary reason you go to a restaurant is for the food, and Carolina's has very good Mexican food. I personally thought it was great. The place is packed for lunches, so others obviously think so, too, and have for many years. However, be advised...More

Thank Fred3nPhx
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Tried this restaurant because I heard very good things about it but it really isn't all that hot. The place is tiny and gets packed super quickly. You wait forever for your food so your best bet is to just call in a order. The...More

Thank knichole15
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The real deal! Very budget-friendly. Best tortillas I've ever had! How do such large, thin tortillas stay so strong yet tender? Ate here for lunch immediately upon our arrival at PHX airport and again for breakfast the next morning. Portions are plenty big but not...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

YUMMY!!!! I had the red pepper burrito, my 8yo twins had the cheese tortilla and my wife had cheese enchiladas. The food was soon good. We had our food to go because we wanted to eat outside. It was a beautiful evening so that was...More

Thank Ty K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Always quick and great food!! Best tortillas in town; best with just butter!! Cheese enchiladas are perfecto & very reasonably priced

1  Thank JD2131
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Questions & Answers
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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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