Ciudad del Toro: Durham Eats for Hispanic Heritage Month
Durham’s sizable Hispanic community has made many contributions to the Bull City, including a number of tasty restaurants.
Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Apr 25, 2018
Enjoy a delicious meal (or treat!) at one of these Mexican-owned or Mexican-inspired restaurants in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should be more than enough to get you to start drooling.
Cocoa Cinnamon – Lakewood
For amazing coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and churros, head to Cocoa Cinnamon's third location in the Lakewood neighborhood. The owners, Leon and Areli Barrera de Grodski, were inspired by the churrerias of Mexico, and you can find nods to Areli's Mexican background in the bilingual menus and signage as well as the brightly patterned decor and tilework.
Don Becerra Taqueria
The phrase "hidden gem" gets thrown around a lot but Don Becerra Taqueria certainly qualifies. Inside this specialty grocery store, you'll find a restaurant with fast and friendly service and fresh, authentic Mexican and Central American cuisine.
Right in downtown Durham, Dos Perros honors the rich culinary heritage of Mexican cuisine by serving classic dishes alongside hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive beer list. They also have a large number of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Durham Green Flea Market
You can buy everything from furniture to clothes to delicious food at the Durham Green Flea Market . Remember to bring cash – not every vendor will have a credit card reader available.
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Gonza Tacos y Tequila, a Colombian-Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout the Triangle, offers gorgeous outdoor dining in Durham's Warehouse District. Owned by Colombian cousins Gonza Salamanca and Carlos Rodriguez, Gonza is decorated in a colorful Día de Muertos theme – the perfect backdrop for evening filled with tacos and margarita(s).
La Monarca Michoacana
For a sweet treat, head to La Monarca Michoacana, which specializes in Mexican-style paletas and ice cream. Can't decide on what to get? No shame in getting both.
As one Yelp reviewer wrote about La Superior Carniceria (La Superior for short), "You may think it is just a grocery store when you drive by, but it is so much more." Beyond the market is the bakery which offers fresh tortillas and other baked goods. Behind that is the restaurant where everything is fresh and made to order.
Taqueria La Vaquita
Taqueria La Vaquita or "The Cow Store" as it is affectionately called, is well-known for the bovine statue that adorns its roof. But it's famous around these parts for its delicious Mexican cuisine and beverages.
A former garage-turned-dining-room, NuvoTaco is full of natural light, vivid colors, and local art. You'll find an exceptional assortment of unique types of tacos here, as well as $5 margaritas on the menu daily.
Pupuseria la Metapaneca
You could be forgiven for driving past this former fast food restaurant, but that would be a mistake. Pupuseria la Metapaneca serves delicious Salvadoran-style takeout pupusas, plus an assortment of tacos and sopas.
Restaurante Guanajuato de Durham
When you see the sign with a smiling chili pepper wearing a sombrero, you know you've made it to the right place. From a Yelp reviewer, Restaurante Guanajuato de Durham is "...authentic, wonderful, flavorful, and comforting. The Chile Rellenos is like a warm hug from grandma." The menus are in Spanish, but they do have an English version by request.
Located in North Durham, Super Taqueria offers a mouth-watering selection of sopes, tacos, burritos, and gorditas, plus a loaded salsa bar. Pair your food with an agua fresca for a stellar meal.
You might be thinking at this point, "Where do I even begin?" Luckily for you, the good news is that you can't go wrong with any of these choices.