Mexican Street Food Franchise Comes to Arizona

The Place: Zero Degrees
The Dish: Mangonada, Hot Cheetos Elotes, Cajun Fries and Strawberry Mojito
The Location: 7480 W Bell Road Suite 108 Glendale, AZ
By: Tyler Peckham

Zero Degrees has locations in California, Texas, Oregon and Nevada and recently opened a new store in Glendale. The franchise is famous for their ‘Mangonada,’ a mango slushy spiced with chamoy, Tajin and mango chunks. That isn’t the only delicious thing on the menu though; Zero Degrees features a variety of teas, slushies, limeade, boba and floats. Looking for lunch? Zero Degrees also has a mini kitchen that puts out fun ice cream sundaes, popcorn chicken, chicharrones, wings and fries.

Can’t make up your mind? Prices at Zero Degrees are cheap enough to get multiple shareable plates, and even offer a split cup that allows patrons to try different products.
The Mangonada was an obvious hit with my diner and I, the mango (both fresh and slushed) was perfectly fresh—right at the perfect sweetness—and the Tajin and chamoy made us feel like we were in Los Angeles at a street vendor. The Strawberry Mojito (non-alcoholic) was very refreshing and the strawberry chunks made it a bit more interesting than your run of the mill mojito.

The Hot Cheetos Elotes that we saw all over Facebook were yummy, but be warned; you need to dig in to actually get some corn in your bite. This dish is chock-full of cotija cheese and hot Cheetos. The Cajun Fries were good too, next time I go I will be sure to ask for extra seasoning though. Think Red Robin fries, but shoestring and you’ll have a good picture of what Zero Degrees is offering.

Everything that came out of the small Starbucks-style bar looked delicious and both my friend and I were drooling over the whole menu.

The franchise has a wide advertising campaign and has become viral online for their Instagram worthy food and flavors. The small restaurant was packed at lunch time, even on a weekday, but the food came out quickly and deliciously.

The store was out of the way for me, but if the franchise comes to Phoenix or Tempe, I will definitely be returning!

Zero Degrees is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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