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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 good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“machaca” (25 reviews)
“tortillas” (65 reviews)
“burrito” (27 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-5238
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I went here because of its high rating on TA, but was completely disappointed. The place is a dump. There is paint peeling off of the exterior walls. My enchilada and tamale combo was so smothered in sauce I found it hard to even find...More

Thank JeffP2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I come here for the best, freshest, hand made tortillas. All I need on it is melted butter & pinch of salt. If you want to try something new, breakfast only, try the Machaca with eggs & potatoes. My lunch or dinner favorite is the...More

Thank JR V
Reviewed 19 August 2017

If you come to downtown Phoenix, ever, and have not been to Carolina's, you must not like food. Best machaca in the city, maybe the state, maybe the world. This dingy little place, with its 50 years old tables that have never been repaired, is...More

Thank sportclipsmike
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Just love their red chili and bean burrito. Phoenix is the original restaurant location and is the best location compare to the other two locations in Arizona. You must try this place if you love Mexican Food!!!! The only downfall, for the Phoenix location, it's...More

Thank Dng85
Reviewed 4 July 2017 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 1 July 2017 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
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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