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Gonza Tacos n Tequila - Best New Real Mexican Food in Raleigh

foodieinraleigh | Jan 20, 201205:31 PM

In the past we have been great fans of Dos Taquitos for the best Mexican / South American food. However, last night at the recommendation of a friend we went to dinner at Gonza Tacos n Tequila (7713 Lead Mine Rd - Greystone Village Shopping Center). Let's just say, that we were very pleasantly surprised. Although the dining room is still the layout from Fins and Savoy, the restaurant has been transformed into a mexican delight. Understated, but much better lighting than Dos Taquitos. The food was great from one course to another. The standard chip sauce was fresh tasting with a real kick. I started off with a "habanero" draft beer (from Durham - possibly from Triangle Brewing Company - "Habanero Pale") and my wife had a house margarita, which was made from scratch with lime juice. Both were great, especially the house margarita. She also tried the "orange juice" based margarita - but we thought it was a bit sweet. Much sweeter than Alton Brown's version.

But the star of the show was the food from the "ghost menu." Mexican Flag which is a dish with 3 enchiladas with beef, chicken and pinto beans. The tomatilo sauce and pico de gallo sauce was very unique and had just the right of spice. The other entree was a "loaded cactus" special. I am not a real fan of cactus, but this dish made me a convert. It was layered with many textures of smoky veggies and cactus. Reminds us of the old great specials from Dos Taquitos.

I am intrigued by a taco entitled, Mero-Mexican. The waiter said it was made with beef tongue.

For desert we shared a "Talega de Platano." This pastry with mango was lightly dusted with cinnamon and served with vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce. It was a great ending of a memorable meal.

If you are craving the "old" Dos Taquitos, be sure to check this place out. You won't regret the trip.

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