Barrio Queen has been around since Dec. of 2011 and clearly people are loving it because it seems to be standing the test of time pretty well. We dined at the location located in Old Town Scottsdale by the Fashion Square Mall but they also have a location in Gilbert. Barrio Queen over the years has held itself to two standards: that you are given a taste of the unique flavors that are authentic to Mexico City dishes and that your dining experience is equal to feeling like you’re in their home and part of the family. They’ve received plenty of awards over the years and the restaurant remains a fan favorite. With the menu full of options, it’s no wonder their guests continue to return. You’ll find everything from their nationally known Barrio Guacamole to best of our valley tacos to enchiladas and Sonoran dogs and so much more!
This being my first time at Barrio Queen, I wanted to make sure I got a little taste of a lot of things.
We started the meal off with some table side Barrio Guacamole prepared to your liking and finished off with pomegranate seeds to add that sweet element. If you haven’t tried guacamole this way, you should, it has become my favorite way to enjoy guacamole.
We then slipped right into the soup course. To try to ward off my cold, we decided soup would be a nice option. If you’ve had menudo, you know what to expect, it was hearty and spicy. Cleared out my sinuses and made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The Menudo Rojo is beef tripe and hominy soup served with red onion, cabbage, radishes, cilantro and limes. I will say that if you’re not into the tripe, you’ll be equally as happy with the Caldo Tlalpeno. This is the traditional Southern Mexico chicken soup with chicken breast, vegetables and rice in a chipotle infused chicken broth and it’s finished off with avocado, cilantro and homemade barrio spiced corn tortilla chips.
I have a hard time passing up on tacos but I was pretty set on ordering an entree, so we compromised and shared the Suadero Azteca. These are some amazing tacos full of delicately slow cooked beef brisket and then topped with diced red onions and fresh cilantro.
I had to order the award winning Cochinita Pibil to see what it was all about. The pork is nicely marinated in sour orange and achiote, then wrapped in a banana leaf and slow cooked all night long. They serve it with pickled sour orange red onions and pico de gallo, fresh corn tortillas, arroz verde, epazote black beans. It’s quite the portion, so if you plan to eat this, be ready with an appetite.
For our last act, we had to try two desserts or I should say I felt the need to try two of their desserts. If you only plan to order one, my favorite of the two was the oscuro dulce! The most perfect Mexican dark chocolate cake served on a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with homemade chocolate syrup and a sprinkle of powder sugar, so indulgent. The churros were equally as good but something about a decadent chocolate cakes seems to win me over every time. You’ll get two nice sized crispy churros dusted in cinnamon sugar topped with cajeta caramel, pecans, and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
We also got a behind the scenes look at how they make their tamales and all the work that goes into them. I was lucky enough to bring home four different kinds to try for myself and I recently steamed them all up. You can imagine what I’ll be eating for lunch today. If someone were to ask me right now where to get tamales from, this would be the restaurant I would name. The masa and the fillings are all on point. I’m no tamale expert, let me just put that out there but I have had a few around town and these are what I expect when I want my tamale craving filled.
I’ll be looking forward to checking out more of their menu items soon and if you need more information, follow the link or head on in, info below.
Old Town Scottsdale
7114 E.Stetson Dr. Suite 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
388 N. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234