Recently I had a chance to revisit an old Valley favorite, the original Aunt Chilada’s Mexican restaurant. It was built on the foundation of the only general store that served the laborers at the Rico Mercury Mine over 100 years ago. The men, dreamy-eyed and intoxicated from inhaling the mercury vapors were said to be returning from the “Dreamy Draw”. After the repeal of prohibition, the land’s owners were granted the first liquor license in Arizona.
The restaurant later became George’s Ole! and was expanded with 3,000 Santa Fe Railroad ties and native stone from the area. In the early 1980’s, the property was renamed Aunt Chilada’s. It is now a family-run place, continuing over 100 years of Arizona tradition! Be sure to try their famous chips and salsa, and ask about their house specialties like Seafood Enchiladas and Stuffed Shrimp Pineapple.