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Taqueria La Vaquita‎

4.4

2700 Chapel Hill Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 402-0209
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Photo of Nilesh Patel Nilesh Patel
Jun 24, 2019 5

This place is wonderful and has a couple vegetarian options too. Great place to carry away a quick meal.

Photo of Woody Feffer Woody Feffer
May 13, 2019 5

That's some dang good Mexican. Outdoor seating is covered which is nice on a drizzly day. Loved the tacos, especially the Carnitas and the lengua. Not fancy, not expensive.

Photo of santanlia scoggins santanlia scoggins
Feb 15, 2019 3

The quality of their food is good but the quantity is pretty skimped. If you live close to them then I get the rave. If you’re a Durham local, then you definitely know that there are better places in Durham with better prices. I spent $8.50 on two small tacos and a small quesadilla. I can go to other places and pay the same price and get bigger portions.

Photo of Lance Marks Lance Marks
Jun 18, 2019 5

Awesome taco spot. Picnic tables for seating. Veggie options. There is an increase in price for non cash purchases, there is a sign on wall.

Photo of M J M J
Apr 19, 2019 4

I moved here from California and it’s difficult to find good Mexican food in NC. Most of the places here don’t even compare and shouldn’t call themselves authentic.. but this place is pretty good! It taste a lot like home.. not exactly the same but pretty close. Their horchata is definitely the same! It’s really good. My only complaint is that the portions are kind of small for the price. Paid close to $30 for 2 meals but they skimped out on the portions.

Photo of Christian Benavides Christian Benavides
Jun 9, 2019 5

This place has delicious tacos. For less then $10.00 you get rice and beans and your chose of three different tacos. That's cheap! Whenever I pass by I always get myself an order. They're very nice and I never had an issue with parking.

Photo of Joe Schuch Joe Schuch
Dec 19, 2021 5

Fresh food served fast. If you love authentic Mexican food don't pass this by.

Photo of Horace “Hotdog” Quimper Horace “Hotdog” Quimper
Nov 9, 2021 5

I salute you, Taqueria la Vaquita! Reasonable prices for truly authentic, amazing Mexican. Best in Bull City.

Photo of Austin Harper Austin Harper
Feb 22, 2022 4

Pretty good place, fresh food. One note, prices through an app based service are $1- $4 more expensive per item so call in your order and pay when you get there.

Photo of Ault Nathanielsz Ault Nathanielsz
Aug 13, 2021 5

I really enjoyed my meal here. A purist might nitpick, but it is proper Mexican fare. It is prepared to order, which is a good thing, but if you are in a hurry it is a good idea to order ahead.

Photo of Joe Rich Joe Rich
Aug 16, 2021 5

Best tacos. Period. Authentic Mexican lunches and dinner plates. Line gets long real fast after 1150am, so get there early or after 1 pm

Photo of Paul Harvin Paul Harvin
Dec 21, 2020 4

Excellent tacos! Unfortunately, they have enclosed their patio area to heat it for the winter, and there are lots of people inside the enclosure not wearing masks. This means that you need to be willing to share an enclosed space with lots of folks not wearing masks while ordering or picking up an order. I look forward to visiting regularly again after the pandemic passes (or sooner, if pandemic safety improves).

Photo of Michelle Harati Michelle Harati
Nov 29, 2020 5

Wow, this is good Mexican food. The enchiladas poblanos are especially delicious. Plus they have tons of vegetarian options!

Photo of Leo Sanchez Leo Sanchez
Sep 17, 2020 4

I went there the other the with my vegan friend & they gave him the wrong burrito. When I went back to asked for the right one, they seem to be mad at me for asking for something that I ordered & paid. Please be more respectful to your customers, i would like to give it another.

Photo of Deanna Johnson Deanna Johnson
Oct 15, 2020 5

These were some authentic tacos!!! That are very well seasoned and flavorful. I will definitely be back 😁.

Photo of Alex Brown Alex Brown
Sep 1, 2020 5

Food was fantastic, vibe was authentic

Photo of Samantha Jackson Samantha Jackson
Sep 25, 2018 5

Best Mexican food in Durham, hands down. I find it hard not to come back here every day. So good!

Photo of Veronica Corley Veronica Corley
Feb 27, 2019 5

La Vaquita is in very convenient location for to people to visit. They provide parking, semi indoor seating and outdoor seating. It is recommended of you known what you want to order in advance and do a pick up order. Upon my most recent visit to La Vaquita I was pleasantly surprised when I order a Carnitas Tapas (Pork Mexican Sandwich) and a pineapple Jarritos. When I got my food it looked tiny in the bag but when I took it out it as huge, literally the size of my hand. I had food to eat there with there amazing spicy red and salsa verde sauces. It was a beautiful experience and was packed with flavors for a great cost. The first time I went to La Vaquita I went with my friend again and ordered two Chirzo Tacos with additional cheese and sour cream along with a strawberry Jarritos. It was simply divine and it only cost me around $6! If you want amazing Mexican food this should definitely be a place that you add to your list!

Photo of Venus rain (Venusrain369/Divination) Venus rain (Venusrain369/Divination)
Sep 26, 2020 4

Food was very good- Authentic! Only gave 4 stars because of small portion size- That may have been because I ordered the Taco meal and that may be more of a lunch item. The grilled chicken is excellent! I will be going back but will try ordering something else.

Photo of Robert Bailey Robert Bailey
Sep 8, 2020 5

La Vaquita offers unique daily specials in addition to a wide menu of authentic Mexican fare. They have a window for placing orders and a website for online orders. Seating is all outdoors at large family picnic tables, with a heated enclosure for the winter. At La Vaquita you are paying for great taste and good portions. Everything is created with the freshest ingredients: lettuce, jalapenos, radishes are always crisp and colorful; avocados are always ripe, tasty, and without blemish; tortillas are tender and flavorful; and the sauces are a true wonder. Try the camarones a la crema and you'll understand why La Vaquita es mi restaurante mexicano favorito.

Photo of michael mathews michael mathews
Aug 22, 2020 5

It's a quaint little place. My first visit. The chicken Taco salad was outstanding! My friends each got tacos and they said they were really good. I'd go back again!

Photo of Katelyn Spinner Katelyn Spinner
Jul 2, 2020 5

Delicious and authentic! Best Mexican food I've had in Durham!

Photo of Cleibe Souza Cleibe Souza
Jun 8, 2020 5

Great place for Mexican food. It's the real deal. We love it.

Photo of Jacqueline Wilson Jacqueline Wilson
Jun 23, 2020 4

Good value, take away only. They do have picnic tables. Ask for the very hot sauce if you like it on the warmer side, but the normal one has nice burn to it!

Photo of Lauren Fehr Lauren Fehr
Jun 5, 2020 5

Tacos are amazing!! Great prices and insane flavor

Photo of Veronica Corley Veronica Corley
Feb 27, 2019 5

La Vaquita is in very convenient location for to people to visit. They provide parking, semi indoor seating and outdoor seating. It is recommended of you known what you want to order in advance and do a pick up order. Upon my most recent visit to La Vaquita I was pleasantly surprised when I order a Carnitas Tapas (Pork Mexican Sandwich) and a pineapple Jarritos. When I got my food it looked tiny in the bag but when I took it out it as huge, literally the size of my hand. I had food to eat there with there amazing spicy red and salsa verde sauces. It was a beautiful experience and was packed with flavors for a great cost. The first time I went to La Vaquita I went with my friend again and ordered two Chirzo Tacos with additional cheese and sour cream along with a strawberry Jarritos. It was simply divine and it only cost me around $6! If you want amazing Mexican food this should definitely be a place that you add to your list!

Photo of Vida Siempre Vida Siempre
Apr 1, 2019 5

Omg the salsa is perfectly spicy. The food has the best flavor and the tortillas seem homemade.

Photo of John Williams John Williams
Mar 17, 2020 5

Amazing tacos. quick service. best sauces and excellent aesthetic. this is a must try if traveling anywhere near the triangle

Photo of Kristen Aprile Kristen Aprile
Mar 2, 2020 5

I have been going to La Vaquita since 2013. It is easily one of my favorite spots in the triangle. The food is amazing. I'm particularly fond of the enchiladas poblanas.

Photo of Jamie Kingston Jamie Kingston
Jan 28, 2020 5

I’ve only just discovered the wonders of the self-serve salsas. I’ve never had a salsa like this before. Mexican chili oil takes this place to 5 stars.

Photo of Kirk Burthey Kirk Burthey
Jan 14, 2020 4

The Azada tacos are great. tons of options on the menu

Photo of Alexis Alexis
Jan 15, 2020 5

Great hole-in-the-wall spot for authentic Mexican food. The cheese enchiladas with salsa verde were wonderful. Will be back soon to try other things!

Photo of John Morris John Morris
Jan 4, 2020 4

Summary: Awesome place for a quick lunch/dinner packed with big flavors and an eclectic atmosphere, that could use a good wipe down. Cleanliness: 3/5. Won't lie, the place could use a good sweep/wipe down and when we came it was relatively unbusy. However I don't fault them due to the fact it appeared there was only one woman cooking, serving, doing all the work in the back and she was hustling to fill orders being called in. Quality: 5/5. More than enough food for your appetite. Portions are big and this is coming from a big guy. I had my wife who had ordered a beef tongue torta put half her sandwich away to-go, and help me finish my pollo azada plate. House-made sauces were just the right amount of HOT to ignite the senses and tongue (without destroying you later in the bathroom). Service: 5/5. To be fair, the lady was very overwhelmed working all by herself. She forgot our Grapefruut Jarrito's drink but apologized and gave it to us immediately upon our mention at the end of our meal. Return-ability: 5/5. Hell yeah I'll be back! The food was incredible!

Photo of Kim Brown Kim Brown
Nov 25, 2019 5

Very good food and friendly staff

Photo of Wendi Gale Wendi Gale
Nov 14, 2019 5

Excellent, authentic Mexican food; fast service; comfortable outdoor seating.

Photo of Jason Rivera Jason Rivera
Oct 24, 2019 5

The menu is one of this spots strongest selling points. There is something for everyone and it hits pretty much all of the staples you might be in the mood for. I LOVE the Winfield for their willingness to accommodate large groups. This is a consistent choice for post-show hangs with friends, and I am grateful to their staff for their flexibility and kindness.

Photo of ShaneQua Pressley ShaneQua Pressley
Oct 11, 2019 5

Great food, fantastic flavors... Portions were good!

Photo of David Gordon David Gordon
Aug 24, 2019 4

Great food. Service can be a bit show during crowded times but usually worthb the wait. Covered outdoor seating only.

Photo of Jorge E. Estrada Jorge E. Estrada
Jul 13, 2019 5

Pretty good tacos, I was surprised how generous the amount of meet was. They have a big menu with a variety of mexican dishes. This place is more a take-out kind of thing. Seating is outside, small, and can get pretty hot during the summer. Plus when we were there, a couple of impolite guys started putting loud music in their cellphone (they were like drunk or somethin). Definitely would buy food from this place again.

Photo of Gage Leighton Gage Leighton
Aug 1, 2019 5

Good food but expect to wait in line. Took about 15 minutes from line to table. Had a good time with those Lengua tacos...while they lasted 😁

Photo of Eve Stelzenmuller Eve Stelzenmuller
Aug 4, 2019 5

The shrimp ceviche is fantastic. I haven't had better Mexican food in Durham. You probably will have to wait for walk up, but you can order ahead.

Photo of Steve Wells Steve Wells
Aug 17, 2019 5

This place is awesome. It has great food. The food is made to order, so it takes a little time, but the tacos are great. It is old school, so you eat outside or takeaway. There is extra parking around the building, so even if it looks full you can probably find a place to park.

Photo of Charles Bulthuis Charles Bulthuis
May 15, 2022 5

One of my favorite spots. Excellent selection, authentic flavors, traditional seasonings. Go off hours or prepare to stand in line.

Photo of Branson Phillips Branson Phillips
May 7, 2022 5

My family really enjoys La Vaquita. My sons favorite I are the hot dogs wrapped in bacon. You can not get beer there but you can go next door to Mi Vaquita Mini Market pick up some and have it at your table.

Photo of Claudia Miller Claudia Miller
May 21, 2022 5

Love this place! Has authentic Mexican food, none of that Tex Mex food. All Gorditas and tortillas are handmade. I've had the burrito, tacos, gorditas and pupusas and they're all delicious. If you come around lunch time on the weekend expect to wait since there can be a line and everything is made fresh. They only have outdoor seating and they do deliver. The food still tastes amazing even when delivered. This is my go-to Mexican Spot.

Photo of Jordi Cera Jordi Cera
Jun 14, 2022 5

Everything was amazing, they were super busy but the food came out fast and was delicious. I got the Birria tacos and they were juicy, messy, and so yummy! My friend had the steak tacos and ordered the birrias to go (they were SO GOOD!) Everything was fresh, salsas were so great. Can't wait to be back in Durham to go here again!

Photo of Nathan Anglin Nathan Anglin
Jun 26, 2022 5

Not your average run-of-the-mill Mexican place. Don't let the hole-in-the-wall look fool you. It is super tasty and authentic Mexican cuisine. The parking situation is...less than ideal...but it's worth it for the many delicious offerings. See the large plastic cow standing proudly atop their roof? Hit the brakes and jump out for a unique (in a good way) dining experience.

Photo of Atom Atom
Jun 27, 2022 5

I ate here for the first time a few days ago and loved it! The food was hot and delicious! This is a great place to relax outside with friends/family.

Photo of Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez
Jun 21, 2022 4

Good true Mexican food at fair prices. I had enchiladas poblanas with chicken and mole. Generous portion. There's no indoor seating, so prepare to sit outdoors. Although there are some covered seats, it can get quite hot sitting outdoors.

Photo of Danielle Reyner Danielle Reyner
Aug 4, 2022 4

Highly recommend for the tacos! My husband and I both ordered the 3 taco meal and loved our tacos. I’d recommend skipping the sides of rice (tasteless) and beans (fine) as well as the chips (super small portion!) and salsa. But the tacos alone are worth 4 stars! There was only one table that was fully shaded when we went and unfortunately it was taken, so I’d recommend getting it to go or going when the weather is cooler.

Photo of Ana Ehrisman Ana Ehrisman
Aug 4, 2022 5

So yummy! We got 6 tacos all different and enjoyed every one of them. The cucumber lime drink was just perfection. I'm also glad we got the choriqueso because it was amazing.

Photo of Larry Cernik Larry Cernik
Aug 16, 2022 5

Authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. Take out or dine on picnic tables. Seasonal weather enclosure. I have enjoyed for many years

Photo of Marc Victorson Marc Victorson
Aug 13, 2022 5

The Alambre Tacos are literally the best tacos I've ever had. The amount of char on the meat was perfect! Then of course bacon makes everything better.

Photo of Casey Lunkley Casey Lunkley
Aug 26, 2022 4

Great tacos with a lot of consistency with orders. The quesadillas tend to be a little empty but the burritos are always well stacked. Overall, definitely a place you should try at least once.

Photo of ivana susic ivana susic
Jan 14, 2022 5

Absolutely delicious! I only tried 4 tacos but I can't wait to go back for huaraches. Definitely try a steak taco.

Photo of Chandra Jennings Chandra Jennings
May 3, 2022 5

Authentic. Delicious. Affordable. Three words that describe this amazing taqueria! I was told about this spot from a friend and said it is a must visit and it so is. Taqueria La Vaquita is tiny meaning if you blink you will miss this gem on the corner. The gem is a larger trailer with two windows and menus on the outside detailing all the goodness they have going on inside. There is outside seating, but they have to go options as well. I decided to get three tacos with all beans and chips and salsa. The three tacos I got was the Pollo, al pastor, and beef. Wow!! The tacos are small, but pack a lot of flavor in each bite. The meat is grilled to perfection with the cilantro, cabbages, and onions making a great side appearance as well. They give you just enough food to satisfy and a little left over to fill that satisfaction again! And for only $13?!? Yes!! Such a great go to spot!! A must while in the Durham area!

Photo of Pinaki Bose Pinaki Bose
May 14, 2022 5

Really good pork and chorizo tacos. Also amazing chicken tamales.