I often love to take the scenic route home from 12 News on Van Buren heading to my home in the West Valley and when your route consists of dozens of amazing Mexican restaurants, I must admit, it’s a challenge keeping my eyes on the road.

On my hump day heading home, I couldn’t resist stopping into a delicious Mexican spot in Tolleson Id been hearing about called George Ahogadas & Dorados. The sign touts the restaurant has the best authentic Guadalajara dishes in the Valley. I must say they didn’t disappoint.

The sign on the building says it all --- they've got the best Guadalajara food in the Valley --- the restaurant can be found at 9550 W. Van Buren in Tolleson, AZ
The sign on the building says it all — they’ve got the best Guadalajara food in the Valley — the restaurant can be found at 9550 W. Van Buren in Tolleson, AZ
The restaurant has a bevy of tacos including: Cabeza, Carne Asada, Lengua, Tripa, Tacos Al Pastor and Poll
The restaurant has a bevy of tacos including: Cabeza, Carne Asada, Lengua, Tripa, Tacos Al Pastor and Poll

“My Dad was working at Waste Management and he always wanted more. So he started selling tortas ahogadas when I was really young right out of our house. We gained and a huge following, so the natural next step was to open a restaurant,” said Abraham Santoyo, who’s Dad, George Santoyo is the owner.

“We love the food here. It is so authentic. We moved here from California years ago and we finally found a place exactly like in Mexico, when it comes to taste,” said Manuel Carmago.

Josefina Carmargo L with her husband Manuel Carmago R
Josefina Carmargo L with her husband Manuel Carmago R

Manuel’s wife Josefina agreed. “It is really good. If you’re looking for authentic food this is the place. We travel to Mexico a lot and this is just like home.”

Abraham Santoyo talks with HFNTV --- about how his Dad George --- started the restaurant.
Abraham Santoyo talks with HFNTV — about how his Dad George — started the restaurant.

I was able to catch up with the owner George Santoyo, who is the namesake of this awesome restaurant. He said the reason the restaurant has been so popular is the food is authentic and the prices are affordable. “I’ve always pride myself on authenticity,” said Santoyo.

“We also have tacos barbacoa. The tacos have a secret oil that we put on them, that makes them taste amazing. Plus we have awesome traditional things like burritos and enchiladas. We are open every day and serve breakfast all day,” said Abraham Santoyo.

Carne Asada Taco

So if you’re looking for tacos that will really vibe with your taste buds — then check out the spot with the name George on the outside. You may forget the other parts of the name — but I assure you — you won’t forget the delicious taste. Enjoy!

Author: Mike Gonzalez

HFNTV is the creation of journalist, food blogger and influencer Mike Gonzalez. Mike is a full-time news anchor at KPNX NBC 12 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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