So the long weekend is over and in our Memorial Day haze we missed the recent review posted over at EAZ on
Black Chile Mexican Grill, the spot just across the street from our offices. So we are hoping for nothing but good because lord knows we need some food around these parts. To the scratch pad:
Strangely, though, what turned out to be great, no one (including the server) saw coming—the burger! The Rojo burger at Black Chile is now firmly set in our personal Top 5 Burgers List.
And to the Tacos we go.
Chicken—Not bad. Not great. Fish—The best of the bunch. Of all the tacos we tried, this is the one to return for. Carnitas—The second best of the bunch. This one had the most interesting flavors and the one we kept going back to. Why was it not the best? Take a look at the pork mention below. Vegetarian—Piled with roasted corn, sweet potatoes, squash, onions, black beans, Cotija cheese, and roasted corn aioli. We thought this taco needed more oomph. There was no sauce, leaving it dry. It felt like the chefs put it on the menu out of necessity, rather than because they want to nail a great veggie taco. Worst of the bunch. Ground Beef—The weakest of the meat bunch. Really, the flavors just seemed out of balance, but the meat itself was juicy and not too saucy. Carne Asada—Solid. Definitely won’t disappoint if carne is what you’re in the mood for. Meat had a tinge of lime and all the flavors worked.
And what about the physical space.
The restaurant space itself looks great, with a huge wrap-around patio, open kitchen, and open-air bar. The tequila list, which was due to offer about 75 bottles, debuted with over 125, with some great ones that would pair nicely with a burger, and okay ones that make for a nice base to lime juice and simple syrup.
Black Chile Mexican Grill
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016