8. Barrio Café
Food lovers in Phoenix can indulge in great Mexican cuisine at the colorfully vibrant Barrio Café, run by Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza (a 2013 Arizona Foothills Magazine Women Who Moves the Valley) and Wendy Gruber. With 250 tequilas stocked, the margaritas are sure to be remarkable and flavor-packed. Authentic Mexican food is taken seriously here and guests will not be disappointed. Whether you order the shrimp quesadillas slightly tempered with garlic and tequila or the celebratory chiles en nogada—poblanos stuffed with chicken, pecans, fruits and onion—you are sure to taste the best flavors Mexican dining has to offer. Esparza works carefully with her spices and seasonings, making certain that not even the subtlest flavor escapes notice.