After several recent visits to Fuquay-Varina’s La Taqueria Mexican Grill, the biggest question I have to ask myself is this: Why haven’t I visited this restaurant sooner?
When it comes to bona fide south-of-the-border fare, this counter-service restaurant is as legit as it gets. Traditional tacos cost only $1.65 each and comprise soft tortillas filled with any of more than a dozen meat options. Whether you choose brisket beef, marinated pork or even fish, you can’t go wrong. Just be sure to order a side of the tasty guacamole, which will only set you back $1.50 for a sizable portion.
Other winning menu items include enchiladas, flautas and traditional plates like pollo ranchero (marinated chicken) and costilla asada (short ribs). Seafood choices range from the shrimp-filled chipotle burrito to tilapia-laden La Mojarra to a Campechano seafood cocktail.
A well-stocked garnish bar contains everything from pickled carrots and whole jalapeño peppers to grilled onions, fresh cilantro and pico de gallo. There’s also an ample selection of Mexican beverages like Jarritos.
Fittingly, avocado-hued walls and booths make for warm, breezy surroundings. The one drawback: Spanish soap opera blare overhead on two wall-mounted TVs. Thus it’s advisable to find a seat near the back of the house where the din is less bothersome.
Bottom line: For no-frills Mexican grub as fresh and tasty as you’ll find anywhere, La Taqueria will not disappoint.