If you grew up in Arizona, then you have eaten at Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen. Founded in Phoenix in 1946 by Woody and Victoria Johnson, Macayo’s has been serving the Valley for 70 years. They have worked hard to create a family feel to their restaurants by making hospitality their number one priority. Many of Macayo’s recipes have remained the same as has many of their traditions. I grew up in the days of ordering an open faced cheese crisp for an appetizer (along with some yummy chips and salsa). I’m also a big fan of their chimichangas with their awesome Baja sauce. But the best deal has to be their Señor Bob or Cha Cha mugs. You purchase one of these and bring it back for a margarita refill at a great price. I have many fond memories of eating here (especially at their Depot Cantina location in Tempe) and hope to keep my own tradition going for years.
For the first night of my Foodie group, we ate at El Zocalo Mexican Grille in Chandler. I’ve been here several times in the past. They have an awesome patio with lots of pretty lights for dining. They are owned by the del la Cruz family. My favorites are the Chile Relleno and the Mole de polo along with their margarita on the rocks. I really enjoyed hanging out with all the Foodies that just love to eat good food. Great bunch of people!
The building was built in the 1890’s. It was a store at one point and then a restaurant. Bob Gosnell renamed it Aunt Chilada’s in the 1980’s. Ken Negal has been overseeing the daily operations of the restaurant for years and both him and his family have been greeting visitors for years. Aunt Chilada’s stands out in front of the Arizona Grand Resort and serves up a delicious Mexican fare. They have a great happy hour that has tasty margaritas and their award winning salsa. In the casita-style dining room you’ll savor spiced pork, chili poblano, chicken, shrimp or beef fajitas and homemade tamales.