Comedor Guadalajara

Historypin tour of Comedor Guadalajara, the long-running Phoenix restaraunt. It was founded in 1968 by Magdaleno Sanchez.
Cultural Narrative: 

This narrative was created by Jesse Simms in his 2017 historypin tour:

In 1968, Magdaleno Sanchez already owned a restaurant in South Phoenix called Las Flautas. Sadly, one of his daughter's was sick, and with mounting medical bills he founded a second restaurant - Comedor Guadalajara - in order to pay for his daughter’s health expenses. Magdaleno was eventually bought out of his first restaurant and put all his focus on Comedor Guadalajara making it into the vibrant local staple of South Phoenix dining it is today. Magdaleno eventually retired and today Comedor Guadalajara is co-owned by Magdaleno's children: Maria Gortarez, Theresa Hiller, and Antonio Sanchez.

Upon entering Comedor Guadalajara you will find 7 custom benches like these. Not only are they beautiful custom made benches but they are a necessity as wait times are usually over an hour on the weekends. It is almost always full but we arrived just after open and still there were people already seated and enjoying there food. Co-owner Maria Gortarez is proud that "we have a lot of customers that have been with us for many, many years, and [now] their children are married and their kids are coming".

This is the kitchen at Comedor Guadalajara. Almost all the recipes on the menu are from the founder's wife Luisa Sanchez whose passion for food has been enjoyed for nearly 50 years by local diners. The only recipes not belonging to Luisa, are the seafood dishes which were researched and brought onto the menu by co-owner (and Luisa's son) Antonio Sanchez who used to cook in the kitchen before retiring.

Location Description: 

1830 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004