Casa Reynoso *revisited* Tempe AZ
BACK IN TEMPE for a couple of weeks, I got to eat my favorite kind of food every meal. Tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Smothered in red enchilada sauce. Made it to Mill and Southern twice, home of Tempe’s Casa Reynoso, and tried a half dozen other places as well.
Nobody does authentic Mexican food as well as Casa Reynoso. Nobody. The plate comes out at about 400˚. The food stays hot enough to burn your mouth nearly to the end. The flavor is perfectly balanced. Clearly, it’s not their first rodeo. Did we mention the “balanced” part of it? The secret is . . . wait for it . . . still a secret.
I finally got a family member to go on the record and tell me why the food is so good. “Recipes handed down through the family”. . . . Humm . . . Guess the only way to get the secret is to apply as a dishwasher and keep my eyes open. With family members all pitching in to make the restaurant a success, I probably wouldn’t be admitted to the kitchen!
Casa Reynoso • Tempe AZ
Highly recommended! Headed anywhere near Tempe, Arizona? Make the trip. If you’re staying five days, plan to eat there four times. I had the same thing every time. A #5 Combination plate smothered in enchilada sauce. Enchilada, Taco, Burro Red Mixed. Skipping the beans and rice on the plate is all that allowed me to finishtheir huge portion.
Easily overlooked, tucked as it is into the corner of a corner strip shopping plaza, overwhelmed by a Fry’s Grocery Store and a string of forgettable but, to some, necessary, retail and service providers, stands a restaurant of impeccable pedigree. For 30 years now, Antonio and Roberta Reynoso have prepared and served old style cooking made famous by their mother, Salustia, of Marfa, Texas.
Make the trip and cross off another line on the bucket list!
3138 S Mill Ave Tempe AZ 85282 (480) 966-0776