PAZ Cantina: 1011 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
* I am not a food critic! I am just a hungry biker! I love to ride my bike to food and drink. I try to fairly review things like: bike parking, how welcoming they are to sweaty people with helmet hair, food/drink and price.
The first thing that struck me about this restaurant were all the colors. I immediately felt in a comfortable and fun environment. There are colorful bicycles all around the perimeter and colorful murals. It fits right in with the rest of the Roosevelt Art District.
The vibe is trendy, but very casual. Our waiter treated us more like a close friend hosting us at his house, than the usual detached waiter/diner relationship.
PAZ Cantina has an abnormally large parking area, not very common in these parts… which obviously makes me so happy. Wish more establishments would follow this example. The rad racks are proudly standing by a really cool bike-themed mural.
The food did not disappoint. I don’t know if I had heard or read somewhere that the food in this place kind of sucked. But I remember receiving that information somehow at some point in the past. I walked in not expecting much, but a decent margarita, chips and a good vibe would have sufficed.
I was pleasantly surprised. My PAZ Margarita was not the best margarita I have ever had, but it was good. It was really good. The chips and salsa were immediately placed on the table and they too, were really good. We ordered three tacos to sample: the Fish Taco, Nopales Taco and Carne Asada Taco along with the Rice & Beans Combo.
All of the tacos were really good. My least favorite was the Nopales Taco, which our waiter highly recommended as being one of his favorites. I will admit this was my first time eating nopales, I didn’t much care for it. I thought it was too picklely. However, it was still good and we did eat the whole thing. My favorite was the Carne Asada Taco. It was really tasty and very filling. I loved this taco. The tacos are small, but filled to the brim. The Rice & Beans Combo was alright. For me; the margarita, the rice and the beans are the most important part of a proper Mexican meal… and I really dislike it when the rice has additions, such as corn, carrots, peas etc. I like my rice plain. But that’s just a matter of personal taste.
The portions were very generous and the plating was very pretty.
Chips and Salsa (free), PAZ Margarita, Carne Asada Taco, Fish Taco, Nopales Taco and Rice & Beans Combo: $17.25 (not including taxes and tip)
I personally thought the price was good for good food, good drink and an excellent, relaxing atmosphere.
Overall we say PAZ Cantina is… very bicycle friendly!
- Bicycle themed
- Large bike parking area with proper racks
- Bike mural… hello!
- Chill vibe