Let’s taco ’bout something – my favorite restaurant of the summer, Joyride Taco House! It really does live up to its name. Eating there makes me happy! I love everything about it, the tacos, the salsa, the atmosphere, the decor, and the beautiful patio.
This restaurant is one of several restaurants created by the same owners whose philosophy includes taking old buildings in urban areas and turning them into restaurants. Each is unique in style and full of character as well as good food. I reviewed another one of their restaurants, Postinos, last year. Joyride used to be an old Italian restaurant named Aiello’s and long before that was Humpty Dumpty’s Coffee Shop. It has been updated with a coral, turquoise, and yellow color palate which contributes to its joyful atmosphere. The decor has a modern, urban feel to it.
One of my favorite elements is the extremely long, bright turquoise booth where there is plenty of seating to people watch and visit if you have to wait for a table.
If you love to sit outside like I do, Joyride has a great patio which is shaded by umbrellas during the day and the building itself blocks the sun in the late afternoon and evenings.
There is also a mist system that allows you to stay on the patio despite the summer heat! Yay!!
A couple of my favorite things about the patio besides the misters, are the large trees and little white lights,
and the fireplace.
Now, let’s taco ’bout the food! Chips and salsa are a very important part of Mexican food in Arizona, and the house salsa is incredible (see my recipe for Chipotle Salsa for something similar). You also have a choice of 4 other salsas if you choose.
There are 11 tacos on the menu, and it is my goal to happily work my way through all of them this summer (so many tacos, so little time)! They have several different fish tacos, a couple of types of chicken ones, a veggie choice, and several beef tacos. All of them have interesting sauces and condiments on them with names I can’t always pronounce and often times have no idea what they are, but I haven’t found one I don’t like yet. I have tried the grilled fish taco,
breaded fish taco,
chicken tinga taco,
the standard chicken taco,
and one of the beef tacos so far. All of them were unique and delicious! It’s hard to pick a favorite. Tortilla soup is another option which is so flavorful and full of all kinds of yummy ingredients. (You can see in the background we inhaled the salsa and pretty much licked the bowl clean.)
If tacos and tortilla soup are not your cup of tea or should I say, your bowl of salsa, a variety of burritos, tortas, enchiladas, and tamales are on the menu. There are also some great sides – fresh salads (one of the dressing options is prickly pear vinaigrette which was wonderful),
and Mexican Street Corn,
just to name a couple we enjoyed. The servers have all been very attentive and friendly as well, and we have had a great time every time we’ve eaten at Joyride.
After looking through all these pictures, it sure makes me want to go back again. By the way, what are you doing for lunch?:)
Joyride Taco House
5202 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
302 N. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85233