Jan 30, 2023 - Food and Drink
James Beard's "Best Chef" semifinalist knows burritos
There's an abundance of Arizona chefs and restaurants on the James Beard Foundation award semifinalist list. Since I haven't tried most of them, I decided to grab lunch Friday at Testal Mexican Kitchen, home to "Best Chef" semifinalist Fernando Hernández.
Where: 1325 Grand Ave.
What I ordered: I asked what they recommended and was directed to the birria burrito.
- It was no-frills, filled with seasoned shredded beef, chopped onions and cilantro.
My thought bubble: It was outstanding.
- For a drink I grabbed a Sangría Señorial — a non-alcoholic, sangria-flavored soda made in Mexico. It was unusual but kind of tasty.
1 boozy thing: They have a stacked menu of drinks made with sotol, a liquor from northern Mexico that's similar to tequila but a bit smoother.
- There aren't a lot of places around here that serve sotol. I'd heard of it only because I randomly picked up a bottle during a trip to Ojinaga, Mexico, nearly 20 years ago.
Yes, and: Stop by for karaoke on Friday nights!
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