The A-List appears on abc15.com the first Friday of every month. Each month we feature the Valley's Best in food and entertainment, voted solely by our ABC15 viewers on the ABC15 Arizona Facebook page .
#10 Rio Mirage Cafe Family-owned Rio Mirage Cafe's original location is located at 12245 West Santa Fe Drive in El Mirage, Ariz. The second location is at 13863 West Bell Road in Surprise. Website: Rio Mirage Cafe
#10 Rio Mirage Cafe Owners Alex and Rachel Gomez opened Rio Mirage Cafe in 1999. The building used to house La Mexicana in the 1970s, where they, and their families, used to eat routinely. They love sharing their delicious food with the community.
#10 Rio Mirage Cafe Each dining room features art work, murals and furniture from various parts of Mexican culture that creates an enriches eating environment and experience.
#10 Rio Mirage Cafe Fajita taco salad with shrimp: Jumbo seasoned shrimp (or grilled steak or chicken) served with red onions, avacado, tomatoes and olives on a bed of crisp garden greens served in a tortilla shell.
#10 Rio Mirage Cafe Camarones Rancheros: Eight jumbo shrimp sauteed with bell peppers, onions, chiles, tomatoes, garlic and jalapeno ranchero sauce. Served with rice.
#9 Raul and Theresa's Raul and Theresa's Award-winning restaurant opened in 1968 and features Sonoran-style Mexican dishes, including delicious breakfast options. It is located at 519 W. Main in Avondale, Ariz. Website: Raul and Theresa's
#9 Raul and Theresa's The dining room features comfortable seating and elegant colors. They have daily specials, happy hour, banquets and catering.
#8 Carlos O'Brien's Carlos O'Brien's is located at 7111 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. Two other restaurants are located in Phoenix and Avondale. Website: Carlos O'Briens
#8 Carlos O'Brien's Carlos O'Briens opened in 1978 after two families moved from New York to Arizona and fell in love with Mexican food and the culture. They decided to share that love with the community. Website: Carlo's O'Brien's Mexican Food
#8 Carlos O'Brien's The lobby inside the Scottsdale location.
#8 Carlos O'Brien's Pollo Fundido: Fried Chicken chimichanga with melted jalapeño cream cheese and cheddar cheese, garnished with olives. Served with rice and beans.
#8 Carlos O'Brien's #13 Combination: A mini-platter of Mexican favorites, including a green corn tamale, two mini beef chimichangas, two mini chicken floutas, and one mini bean tostada. Served with rice and beans.
#7 Rito's Mexican Food Rito's Mexican Food is located in a neighborhood at 907 N. 14th Street in Phoenix. Family-owned business opened in 1977 by Rosemary and Rito Salinas. Website: Rito's Mexican Food
#7 Rito's Mexican Food Manager and current owner Charlotte and her son, Daniel, stand outside on the patio of Rito's Mexican Food.
#7 Rito's Mexican Food The lobby is small, but packed with dedicated and hungry customers. This location used to be the home of the original owners and their family.
#7 Rito's Mexican restaurant Green burro enchilada-style: Green chile inside a flour tortilla. Covered in enchilada sauce, jalapeno sauce, cheese and chile.
#7 Rito's Mexican Restaurant Cheese enchiladas: Corn tortilla, cheese, onions, covered in enchilada sauce and garnished with lettuce.
#7 Rito's Mexican Food Beef tacos: They're back on the menu! A fried taco shell stuffed with shredded beef, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Served with hot sauce. Hot tip: Add guacamole
#6 Poncho's Mexican Food Poncho's expanded the restaurant in 1975, employing more family members, but continuing to use Isabel's recipes. The Vasquez family still owns and operates Poncho's. Located at 7202 S. Central Avenue Website: Poncho's
#6 Poncho's Mexican Food Poncho's started as a family-owned small Mexican take out place in 1972. Isabel Vasquez created the homemade menu using only fresh ingredients.
#5 Valle Luna Valle Luna opened in 1983 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary on August 23, 2013. The original located, pictured here, is at 3336 West Bell Road in Phoenix. Website: Valle Luna
#5 Valle Luna This is the original Valle Luna. The restaurant has since expanded and opened additional locations in Chandler and Paradise Valley.
#5 Valle Luna Pepe's Border Tacos: Three Carne asada and chorizo soft tacos on corn tortillas. Served with a grilled jalapeno pepper, pico de gallo, grilled onions, cilantro, cabbage and lime wedges.
#5 Valle Luna Pepe's Sizzling Fajitas: Tender juicy, marinated steak, pork, pollo or baja shrimp served with refried or black beans, spanish rice, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas.
#5 Valle Luna (Left to right) Events manager Jesse White, Financial officer Joey White, Owner Janie, and Reda Riddle-Biggler. Tia Rita, as they call her, founded Valle Luna. She died in 2008.
#4 Los Dos Molinos Los Dos Molinos founded in 1980 and features New Mexican-style mexican food, which brings a satisfying heat to each dish. It is located at 8646 S. Central Avenue in Phoenix. Website: Los Dos Molinos
#4 Los Dos Molinos Family members and owners of Los Dos Molinos pose behind the bar of their Phoenix location. Their second location can be found in Uptown at 1044 E. Camelback in Phoenix.
#4 Los Dos Molinos Green Chile Stew: Pork chunks, potatoes, carrots slow-cooked in spicey green chile. Served with deep-fried flour tortilla chips, rice and beans.
#4 Los Dos Molinos Green Chile Enchilada dinner: Open-faced corn tortilla topped with choice of meat (prok, beef, chicken), choice of red or green chile, rice and beans and topped with an egg.
#4 Los Dos Molinos Carne Avacado Ribs: Country-style pork ribs smothered in red chile, spicey in-house chile beans, and topped with shredded cheese. Served with spanish rice.
#3 Comedor Guadalajara Comedor Guadalajara is a family-owned and operated restaurant know for their Parrilladas. It is located at 1830 S. Central Avenue in Phoenix. Website: Comedor Guadalajara
#3 Comedor Guadalajara Comedor Guadalajara is a large restaurant with beautiful designs, multiple dining rooms and a friendly atmosphere. (Pictured is their main dining room.)
#3 Comedor Guadalajara Spinach enchilada (lunch special on Thursday): Enchilada with queso fresco topped with a green chili sauce and spinach. Served with rice and vegetables.
#3 Comedor Guadalajara Another one of the dining rooms at Comedor Guadalajara.
#3 Comedor Guadalajara Three meat grill parrillada: Three meats (carne asada, chicken, tripas) served on a skillet with onions, tomatoes, jalapeanos, and ciltantro. Served with rice and beans.
#2 Carolina's Mexican Food Carolina's Mexican Food is located at 2012 E. Mohave Street in Phoenix. The original location is at 2126 E. Cactus Road in Phoenix. Website: Carolina's Mexican Food
#2 Carolina's Mexican Food #16 Combo: Chimichanga (beef, chicken, carne asada) served with guacamole, sour cream, and rice and beans.
#2 Carolina's Mexican Food Make sure to end your delicious lunch or dinner with a sweet treat -- an order of apple chimis.
#2 Carolina's Mexican Food #9 Tacos: Two fried tacos (beef or chicken) served with lettuce, cheese, and rice and beans.
#2 Carolina's Mexican Food (Left to right) Restaurant owners and managers Lori Brandt, Tyler Donahey and Miguel Bretado behind the kitchen of Carolina's Mexican Food.
#1 Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant The Salazar and Jaramillos families opened Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican restaurant in 1964. The original location is at 6542 West Indian School Road in Phoenix. Website: Popo's Fiesta Del Sol
#1 Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant Mini Platter: Mimi chimis, tacos, taquitos, tostadas and tamales served with guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans.
#1 Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant El Pollo Especial: Shredded chicken burro, deep fried and smothered in spanish sauce and topped with spicy jalapeno cream cheese. Served with rice and beans.
#1 Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant Popo's second location is at 17037 N. 59th Avenue in Glendale, Ariz.
#1 Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant Brothers Michael Jaramillo and Mario Tello now own and manage Popo's Fiest Del Sol Mexican Restaurant.