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Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen named most iconic restaurant in Arizona

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Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen was recognized by as the most iconic restaurant in the state of Arizona.

Legend has it that the chimichanga (commonly considered to be Arizona’s state food) was invented by the founder of Mayaco’s back in 1946.

According to their website, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen has been open for 70 years.

It all began in 1946 when Woody and Victoria Johnson opened their first restaurant, Woody’s El Nido in Phoenix, Arizona. That day, they established their commitment to quality ingredients served with a warm and friendly touch – a commitment that continues today as we celebrate our 70th anniversary!

The restaurant has 12 locations in the state, and also two in Las Vegas.

Their “handcrafted family Mexican recipes” available on their Phoenix menu include tacos, burros, fajitas, enchiladas and chimichangas, which were allegedly created when their owner “accidentally dropped a meat-filled burro into a fryer, creating what is now a staple of Mexican restaurants across the southwest.”

Other neighboring states’ iconic restaurants include In-N-Out Burger in California, which has 29 locations in Arizona as well.

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