Tempe, AZ

Popular Restaurant Re-Opens After 2 Years

Greyson F

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Fresh chips and salsa is back at a local favorite.Tai's Captures/Unsplash

It has taken restaurants throughout the Valley various amounts of time to reopen following the initial COVID-19 closures. While some were able to remain open and offer pick-up and delivery meal options, many were forced to close for the better part of a year. Others ran into other challenges due to food shortages, rising costs, and trouble filling staffing needs. However, little by little, many of these restaurants have opened back up. This includes a longtime Tempe favorite. 

Aunt Chilada’s has been a staple in metro Phoenix since it opened back in 1986. Tucked into the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, which is at 2019 West Baseline Road, right off the I-10 Maricopa Freeway, the restaurant has finally returned to serving up fresh food and tasty drinks to visitors and locals alike. 

The restaurant, with its large, enclosed patio, has been popular not only with patrons searching for an outdoor space that’s still open and comfortable but with wedding parties and large events over the years. 

The full menu will be available for guests. This starts off with light fares, such as housemade guacamole, street corn, quesadillas, and cheese crisps. Large dinners are simple and to the point. Street taco variations include carne asada, pollo asado, carnitas, or crispy fish There is an enchiladas or burrito dinner option, where guests can choose one burrito or three enchiladas stuffed with their choice of meat (or opt for a veggie alternative), red or green sauce, and rice and beans. Chicken, steak, or veggie fajitas are also available. 

What normally steals the show for guests are the margaritas. The margarita menu is actually larger than the food menu. Aunt Chilada’s Margarita is the house special, using Montezuma Gold Tequila, triple sec, and freshly squeezed lime juice. And for those looking to battle brain freeze and bring on a little extra flavor, there is the Aunt Childa’s Frozen Margarita, which comes in mango, Caribbean (a combination of fruits), Piña Colada, peach, lime, passionfruit, or strawberry. For tequila lovers, there are over 50 tequilas and mezcals on hand. 

Owners of Aunt Chilada’s also manage a handful of other restaurants around the Valley, the sister restaurants include Bud’s, The Canal Club, Brophy’s, and El Chorro. 

The restaurant will limit its hours to start, although expanding may occur later down the road if staffing allows it. For now, Aunt Chilada’s is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM until 9 PM. It is closed on both Monday and Tuesday. 

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