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Great taqueria in Durham

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Great taqueria in Durham

Sant | Sep 29, 2003 10:13 AM

From previous threads I know there are some fans of taquerias in the Triangle so I wanted to tell you about a great one I tried in Durham. It's located by the La Carnaceria Superior on Roxboro Rd. near where the Walmart is (it used to be a furniture store). You can't see it easily from the street, you have to pull up into the parking lot. The thing that intrigued me about this taqueria in particular was that it had a (charcoal?) grill off to the side where they were cooking the meat. I believe other mobile taquerias just cook the meat on a flat top griddle. The meat is fresh because they get it on an as-needed basis from the carneceria.

They had no menu or sign so I wasn't sure what they were offering. I got one chicken, one pork (pastor), and one beef (asada) taco. I know they also have tripe tacos because I saw someone get one. The tacos were outstanding! I liked the pastor the best. It was well spiced with achiote and moist and tender, as was the chicken. The asada had a smokey flavor and aroma and citrusy taste. The tocos were stuffed with more meat than I've had at any other taqueria. Each came with two corn tortillas so you were really getting two tacos for $1.50. My wife and I were perfectly satisfied sharing the three tacos. Where else in town can two people eat for $4.50?! They had two different kinds of salsas, verde and roja, both muy caliente but tasty, and of course the obligatory chopped onion, cilantro and limes. There were various bottled sodas on ice to choose from. They even have a few tables and chairs set out if you want to sit and eat.

This place brought me a lot of joy. It's one of those places that chowhounds dream about: unknown, cheap, and of course, outstanding food. I want these guys to be around for a long time.

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