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Cosmic Cantina


1920 Perry St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 286-1875
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Photo of Catherine Lara Catherine Lara
Feb 25, 2023 5

A little “hole in the wall” or I should say “A little place up a flight of stairs” but worth every step. Food was “the best Mexican food on the planet” as is written on the wall when you walk inside. It’s nothing fancy but definitely good Mexican food made fresh and served quickly. Friendly workers and great margaritas. I’ll be back. Thanks.

Photo of Summer Summer
Jan 17, 2023 3

This one Durham has larger space than the one in chapel hill. And the location is very hidden. You gotta climb up to a getteo-ish alley. Food is alright. We got chicken nacho, steak burrito, and chicken chimicanga. All of our protein was burnt and tasted a bit bitter. In general, food it's alright. Vibe's good.

Photo of Karen Dawkins Karen Dawkins
Nov 14, 2022 4

Found this place thanks to reviews. Food is excellent, atmosphere is “late night college eatery.” Once you find the place (difficult — see photo), the next challenge is deciding what to eat. They have many options, including veg/vegan. Highly recommended.

Photo of Lisa & Wes Williams Lisa & Wes Williams
Sep 25, 2022 5

Fun college town mexican cantina. Lot's of graffiti, hard to find entrance, narrow steps and local vibe. Great representation of Durham and close to Duke. The Chimicanga's were tops for me!

Photo of Bill Ryan Bill Ryan
Jul 30, 2022 5

I lived on the food here in grad school. Cheap, delectable, late night with a surprisingly decent beer bottle selection. The prices have gone up a bit, but the food is still great!

Photo of Russ D (Rusty) Russ D (Rusty)
Jul 22, 2022 3

Mediocre place. On the plus side they have vegetarian options, they are open late, and there is a back patio. On the downside they always goof up my order. Today it was nachos with raw unmelted cheese on top of the salsa and guac. Not next to the warm beans. Cold nachos is not my jam! Last time it was the stale tortilla on a burrito, not steamed or fried. Just raw tortilla cracking at the corners. Went back and ordered plain nachos with no aguacate or crema. They still dont melt the cheese? It could be worse, at least they dont use what is cluelessly called “queso” by many. Queso is Spanish for cheese, not cheese sauce! I lived in the Bay Area for 15 years so I guess I am a bit spoiled. But you can find decent Tex Mex in NYC, Chicago and other cities. Its not hard! Its ok, I just wish they would take down the ‘best Mexican food on the planet’ sign. And buy a microwave.

Photo of Sheila Weaver Sheila Weaver
Jul 16, 2022 4

This was my first time here but my boyfriend has been here multiple times. It is located on the second floor so the only access is stairs. Hallway and tables are intentionally covered in graffiti. Was a very nice experience. We got burritos. They were very good and worth the money. I will visit again next time I'm in N.C.

Photo of Benjamin Green Benjamin Green
Jul 15, 2022 4

Very cool spot! Upstairs through the graffiti, and you got tasty burritos. They're huge though! Make sure to order the hot sauce and salsa, I wish I did. It costs extra. But yeah good meal for passing through!

Photo of Anthony Morris Anthony Morris
Jun 30, 2022 4

Great late night spot for latin food. Long wait depending on the time but well worth it. Food is fantastic.

Photo of Tim McFeaters Tim McFeaters
Jun 28, 2022 5

What an amazing literal hole in the wall!! If you find yourself going up the ominous stairs to nowhere you are in the right place. Burritos are delicious and BIG. If you leave hungry you did not eat here!!

Photo of The Jaime The Jaime
May 15, 2022 4

As a person that has tried many a burritos in my short lifespan, I would say I am happy to have had the pleasure of eating their delicious burrito! Brings back nostalgia that I had forgotten about. My guests enjoyed their foods, as did I. The only issue I had was my burrito was on the saltier side and my beer was warm. I will definitely be coming back.

Photo of Jenna Gilley Jenna Gilley
May 13, 2022 5

Absolutely loved my chicken burrito and the chips with salsa. The service was fast, the prices reasonable, and the food tasted so fresh. The margarita wasn't my favorite (too sweet) but reasonably priced!

Photo of Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler
May 1, 2022 5

First time it was kinda tricky to find (poor signage, upstairs). Inside is a quirky grill restaurant with a rooftop patio. The place just exudes character. Then we got our food. I got a chimichanga, others in our party got burritos. They were... large. Like you should plan on taking some home with you. Either that or else living with the regret that comes with eating three pounds of food in one sitting (I chose the latter). It wasn't hands down the best food I've had, but it was really good. And you absolutely cannot beat the value. I know I'll be coming back.