A Taste of …

by Mike Hunter

With a slight alteration to the adage: Diversity is the spice of life. And spices are a cornerstone of culinary diversity among cultures. Here are some of our favorite ethnic eateries.

Barrio Café

Since 2002, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has been celebrating regional Mexican favorites with such flair that she’s put Barrio Café in the Zagat Guide. Closed Mondays.

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix
(602) 636-0240


Café Lalibela

Authentic Ethiopian fare at a family-run restaurant that has garnered numerous awards in its 20 years here. The spongy injera (the national bread) makes almost everything finger food.

849 W. University Dr., Tempe


Marigold Maison

Sandwiched between chain fast-food joints, Marigold Maison’s small quarters offers exceptional Indian cuisine that includes favorites of North and South India.

4720 E. Cactus Rd., Paradise Valley
(602) 795-0020

Photo courtesy of Marigold Maison 

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