2334 East McDowell Road

Phoenix, Arizona 85006

(602) 275-5994


Mon - Sat: 8:00 - 20:30

Sunday 8:00 - 19:30

Our story begins

Our story begins years ago when owner Jose Garcia was just a small boy in La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico. He remembers waking up early mornings to help his grandfather, who had a Birria stand at the local market. They made the dish from start to finish. He learned which goats to buy, how to slaughter them, and how to roast the meat in the family’s mud-brick oven. That is how Jose grew up. This went on for several years until his grandfather passed away.

In 1984

In 1984, Jose moved to Los Angeles, California, with several of his uncles, who started a restaurant in the area of Huntington Park. In this eatery, he learned how to prepare dishes using family recipes and developed an understanding of the restaurant industry. One hell-hot visit to the Valley of Phoenix led Jose to vow he would never return. Still, Phoenicians eating in his family’s LA restaurants begged for one back home, and eventually, Jose obliged in 2005. 

La Barquita
“the little boat”

He found a small location for sale on East McDowell Road and called it La Barquita “the little boat” in terms of endearment in his hometown. In the 17 years, it’s been open, La Barquita has developed a reputation as a neighborhood hangout. Its diverse clientele appreciates the affordable, authentic food of southern Mexico. For first-timers, navigating through the menu (all six pages of it) might seem daunting, and it is. But that’s where La Barquita’s wonderful and helpful servers come in. Our menu offers a variety of delicious options, from breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“There is nothing more important to me than family”

“There is nothing more important to me than family”, says Jose Garcia. Many of his staff in the kitchen consists of close family members and his younger brothers, along with his youngest daughter, Ashley.

There are only two places
where one can eat at feel at home,
in your mother’s house,
and here at La Barquita.