It opened the same day as Dashi which obviously got more buzz as there are already a lot of really good taco/Mexican options in Durham.
Since I was already going to a show at The Carolina Theater last night I thought I'd give it a try for a pre show meal. I've heard good things about the the one in Raleigh but had not been, the Durham location did not disappoint at all.
My only complaint is that when you order tacos you can't mix and match them. That's a bummer if you're dining alone or with others that aren't having tacos. Fortunately there were four of us so we all ordered different tacos and traded so we all got to sample different offerings. We got the Vegetarian, pastor, carnitas, and carne.
The carnitas were tasty but lacking the crispy exterior I love.
The vegetarian was raw brunoised carrot, red bell, jalapeno (I think?) and maybe a couple other things tossed in a kind of light vinagrette.
For me the carne was the standout. Occasionally I'll get served carne asada tacos where the beef has been chopped into very very small pieces and cooked on a griddle until its way past well done. The carne at Gonza was perfectly bite sized, tender and had a pronounced charcoal grilled flavor. The menu specified they came with flour tortilas but were happy to substitute for corn.
The salsa that came with the chips was fresh and very good but not hot enough for my personal preference, same for the tomatilo salsa that came with the tacos. They do have a very good and pretty hot habenero sauce they make in house but it's 50 cents per small bowl.
The corn tortillas were very good-very thin and flexable but showing no signs of falling apart. Best I could tell they seemed to be made in house.
For sides you get a choice of beans (black, refried,pinto-all had pork which is fine by me and the pintos were great), rice, soup, or salad.
Obviously they have a large selection of good tequila, even the well brand is 100% agave-no Cuervo Gold thankfully. I was the only one in our group that ordered a drink but the couple palomas I had were great.
Another winner for downtown Durham.