Scottsdale, AZ

4 Local Valley Mexican Restaurants to Take Your Date on Valentine's Day!

Marcus Ringo

Feeling a little spicy this valentines day? We've got you covered! Arizona is home to some of the most "Mexillent" Mexican food north of the border! We have no shortage of delicious food here in Arizona! World-class cuisine throughout the valley and beyond. Scottsdale is also one of the top destinations for aspiring chefs, housing the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts School, one of the top culinary programs in the nation.

Whether you are in Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, or Downtown Phoenix, there is something great for you within arm's length.

1. Los Sombreros

2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

The atmosphere here is diverse with beautiful configurations and seating arrangements to cater to a unique dining experience. Whether you want to unwind after work and grab some drinks with friends at the bar out back, have a quiet romantic date on the patio under the lights, or step inside the cantina and feel as if you traveled to Mexico, you have options! It has great vegetarian options as well.

Must try: Homemade Guacamole and Enchiladas.

2. Dilla Libre

1339 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

This is a very quirky spot and a unique dining experience. There are two locations, one in Scottsdale and one in North Phoenix. I've traveled across the country trying various cuisine and this is absolutely one of my all-time favorites! They specialize in Mexican fusion and things you won't find anywhere else. My girlfriend and I love going here on date nights and is one of the best places to take your valentine! Also great vegetarian options.

Must try: Elote, All Thai'd Up, Mac Daddy Dilla, and Burrito Phorrito.

3. Ghett' Yo

241 S Oregon St, Chandler, AZ 85225

This is a small and simple place but don't let the no-frills atmosphere fool you! The service here is fast and excellent with incredible food. They have amazing homemade salsa and plenty of options to fulfill your taco dreams! If you feel ambitious and want to add Nashville hot sliders on the side, they've got you covered! More great vegetarian options.

Must try: Street tacos, and the Sonoran hot dog.

4. Ajo Al's

7458 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85307

This restaurant boasts an excellent family-oriented ambiance and quick service. Ajo Al's is less like a mom-and-pop cantina and more like Macayos, or a similar chain, but exudes way more personality! You can't go wrong with anything you choose and they boast all of the quintessential Mexican American staples.

Must try: Chimichanga or Mexican Pizza.

No matter if you are craving tacos, burritos, or a Mexican pizza, the valley is not short of options. Be sure to check out these locations on any occasion!

What is your favorite Mexican restaurant in the valley?

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