Located in beautiful Sedona, Elote Café is the product of chef Jeff Smedstad’s extensive travels through Mexico learning about the country’s cuisine to perfect his own take on authentic Mexican eats crafted from locally sourced, organic produce from the Sedona and Verde Valley region. Elote Café ha received a Foodist Award for most Uniquely Arizona restaurant, making it a must try for any foodie in the state. Some not to miss dishes include the Elote appetizer (fire-roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cotija cheese), the braised lamb adobo with sweet and spicy ancho chile sauce and the pastel de elote dessert – a Veracruz-style sweet corn cake with vanilla bean ice cream and Dulce de Leche.
Elote Café, 771 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ, USA, +1 928 203 0105
The Joyride Taco House arrived in Gilbert in 2013 and opened a second location in central Phoenix later that year. The restaurants quirky, laidback vibe is quickly making it a local favorite for casual eats. Joyride Taco House, as its name would suggest, specializes in tacos and serves made to order corn tortillas with 13 varieties of fillings to choose from ranging from spicy chicken tinga and braised beef to ahi tuna and veggie. Throw in a few of its signature fire-roasted salsas, which includes the fiery charred habanero, and a few margaritas for a perfect casual Mexican meal.
Joyride Taco House, 5202 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, USA, +1 602 274 8226