I was in Phoenix for business three years ago and I met up one evening with my sister, Cindy White, who is the owner of Estelle, a small manufacturer of high quality, hand woven ribbon sweaters for women based in Phoenix.
She asked me what I wanted for dinner and I didn't hesitate. "Mexican. Authentic Mexican." She said she was going to take me to a place that wasn't too far from her shop in central Phoenix, Via Delosantos.
Via Delosantos is a funky little restaurant on North Central Ave. (see map) in a not so nice section of Phoenix. It was safe enough directly around the restaurant, but you wouldn't want to venture too far in any direction away from the place.
Via Delosantos may be funky looking on the outside, but it's a Mexican fiesta on the inside. There are colored hanging lights all around the dining rooms and bar area. There's Mexican baskets, sombreros and pinatas hanging around the joint, too.
One of the first things that caught my eye was the amount of tequila they had to offer. I found out that they over 200 different types of tequila to choose from! They also had over 20 different types of Mexican beers, too.
Cindy and I both got a margarita with our chips and salsa. Man, I was torn as what to get. Everything looked so good on the menu. And the smell in the place was just heavenly.
I opted for the shredded beef enchilada and just because I'm a sucker for pork tacos, I got one of those on the side. I ordered a Sol beer and I was in heaven!
Cindy told me that Via Delosantos continually wins the Phoenix area "Best of" categories for their food and tequila. I've eaten in a number of good little Mexican restaurants during my many visits to Phoenix, but none of them made as big of impression on me as Via Delosantos. I'd go back in a heartbeat!