La Santisima has risen from the shadow of its former name, La Condesa. It has become a Glendale and Phoenix hotspot in its own right and has become a worthy heir of the reputation the business had before. In my opinion, it is the finest li’l taco shop this side of the border!
You will start your night off with tacos, and you will want to end your night the same way. La Santisima’s tacos are works of art worthy of sacrificing to the gods. I’m a fan of their Cabo Shrimp Taco which is a delicious way to enjoy some fresh seafood without having to travel to the shore.
The last time I was there, I decided to try something with a little bite to it, so I took a chance on the Oaxaca Black Mole Chicken Shark Taco. To make it, they take a pinch of spice, blend it with a mess of chiles, top it off with some nuts, and combine everything with shredded chicken and a dollop of sauce. The result is a taco unlike anything I have ever tasted.
Anyone making a trip to La Santisima absolutely must try the homemade salsas the kitchen team is putting together. These salsa variations are thick, rich, and full of flavor. Their homemade salsa combinations are made fresh daily and it is evident with each and every scoop of the chip.
Naturally, you will want to keep cool while you enjoy your meal, and that is why I recommend the Horchata with fruits and pecans. You can also try the pink or raspberry lemonade which always hit the spot whether it is paired with a spicy taco, or a quesadilla overflowing with Oaxaca cheese.
Contrary to the frightening exterior decor, there is nothing dead about the atmosphere inside. In fact, La Santisima comes alive when the sun goes down and doesn’t stop moving until the clock strikes 9pm and it is time for everyone to go home.
One of the downsides to things getting busy is that it can hurt the level of service they can offer. There’s not a lot of room to maneuver inside, and when the restaurant is packed it can take a while for the waiters and waitresses to get around to your table. When that happens, just sit back, relax, sip on your lemonade and savor the salsa because the food is well worth the wait.
The prices at La Santisima are more than reasonable for the Glendale area. In fact, I think it is safe to say that you won’t find a better deal in Glendale or Phoenix. It has been my experience that you can get a full meal complete with appetizers, drinks, and dessert for a price that will leave you smiling when the check comes. In fact, the only thing about the bill that will disappoint is that it signals the end to a fantastic dining experience.
Hours & Locations
La Santisima has two locations. The first is in Phoenix located at 1919 N. 16th Street. The second is in Glendale at 5932 W. Glendale Avenue. Both locations are open from 11am to 9pm, Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 11am to 8pm.