Phoenix >Food & Dining > Ajo Al's Mexican Cafe
5101 N 16TH St, Phoenix, AZ | Directions 8501633.511240 -112.046757
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Camelback East
Last night, my boyfriend and I went to dinner at Ajo Al's Mexican Cafe. The reason was because we had it on Sunday when his brother came in from TX for a visit and the food and service were great. Howver, last night was llike the complete opposite.The waiter kept forgetting things, he never once came to refil our glasses, he never asked how we liked our food or if we wanted anything else. To top it off, the Carne Asada Burro was tasteless. I mean tortilla, cheese and chunks of unseasoned meat. It was awful. The arroz con pollo is one of my favorite and two nites ago it was great. Last night, it had additional ingredients like mushrooms and zucchini, which I don't ever remember eating in there. It was very spicy, ok, but, the thing that is supposed to stand out is the corn taste and I didn't have that last night. When I asked the manager for a comment card, he said that they don't have them, that I could just relay my message to him. I gave him the just of it, but and he appologized but, I still feel like that didn't make up for the lousy service and food we got. It's unpredictable going there. You never know how its gonna be.
Great mexican food and great service – This was our 1st trip to Phoenix and just happened to find this restauant. The food was GREAT! There were four in our party and we were all tasting each others dishes! The veggie salads were so flavorful and different! We were seated as soon as we walked in the door by very friendly staff and the wait staff was always checking to see what we needed. My next trip back to Phoenix will include dining here again! If you are looking for some good, spicey, veggie mexican food, this is the place to go!
okay, but not all that – For a city like Phoenix, I expected the Mexican food to be better. Ajo Al's was average for my taste. It just wasn't spicy enough. Best Mexican food in the city? I don't think so. Perhaps Phoenicians are more geared toward bland Mexican food. Be warned: the dessert chimi had way too much coconut in it. The red salsa was good if runny.
Comfort food – I have been coming here reguarly for years. never had a bad experience. everything on the menue is AWSOME. attentive staff, good prices, and an awsome atsmophere. Ask for the hor red salsa
Great Mexican Food!! – I eat out OFTEN in the Valley. This is one of the tastiest places I've eaten Mexican food at. It was recommended by a friend. Not sure what some reviewers are talking about. The place is always busy *and not just in the winter time with snow birds* so I guess most Phoenicians like nasty mex food? NO!! The menu is VERY extensive and the food comes in pretty large portions. I got the chicken Mexican pizza, and I dont really eat Mexican pizza's but this one was unique with a white sauce and it was kind of a deep dish light n crispy style. DELICIOUS!! I could only eat 2 slices after chips and salsa. I'm going there tonight!!
Ajo Lotta Nuthin' – Decent portions of uninteresting, bland, overpriced Mexican fare. Frequented by snowbirds and timid office groups seeking a joint that wont offend middle of the road tastes but winds up disappointing all but the least discerning, cheese-loving palates. Plan to spend part of your weekday lunch hr finding a parking spot down the street, while your companion waits in a line inexplicably extending out the front door. Service ranges from OK on weekdays to abysmal on weekends, when it's less crowded. Better Mexican food abounds within walking distance on Camelback Rd (Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Albertsons frozen food aisle) for a fraction of Ajo Al's prices.
Exceptionally disappointing – In a nutshell this place is overpriced and average at best. I ordered a shrimp fajita plate. They brought me four full sized flour tortillas and a sizzling plate of green peppers and onions. Mixed in with the vegetarian platter that I guess I must have ordered, they mixed in 8 medium size shrimp. I had to cut the shrimp in half to fill my tortillas. My wife ordered the pimento cheese dip, which tasted strikingly like a velveeta base with some additional peppers tossed in so they could charge you through the nose for it.
Cadillac Margaritas are average, might as well stick with the lower end margarita's that are $3.25 cheaper. I spent far too much money for horrible service and average food. You are better off going to a national chain where they will charge you less, you will get better service.
parking is awful also
fantastic – Great place to catch some mexican food. My favorite is the Pollo con Queso, it's smothered in cheese and enough for leftover lunch the next day. The salsa is spicy and the service is usually quick. They have an outdoor misted patio that's fun too. I've never had a problem with smelling smoke from the bar while eating my dinner in the restraunt.
This Place Is Awesome! – I don't know what the other reviewer is talking about. Ajo Al's is one of the best mexican restaurant' in Phoenix, esp the 16th an Camelback locations. Outrageous margaritas, ICE-COLD mexican beers, and terrific salsas. And by the way, the Pollo Con Queso is supposed to be smothered in cheese; that's why it's called CON QUESO.
Hot Stuff – Yea, this place is pretty good. Not only do they score a 10 on all the criteria but the service is "world class". I always find the place extremely busy but they find the way to meet my dining needs without question... refill on salsa, water etc... no problem. Once, they messed up on changing wait staff during our meal so waited 30 minutes, they apologized and took care of the meal... pretty classy.
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