Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Taqueria del Sol: Quality Food for Good Value

Located at Crossroads Shopping Center in Cary, Southwestern counter-service restaurant Taqueria del Sol is quickly developing a loyal following. The attraction? A simple, focused menu features an affordable array of distinctive tacos, sides, soups and starters.

Among the half dozen taco offerings, the pork-filled Memphis with piquant jalapeño coleslaw and tequila barbecue sauce stands apart. The flavorsome fish tacos I tried contained fresh deep-fried tilapia, poblano tartar sauce and pickled jalapeños. Off-menu specials like cheeseburger tacos are also worth checking out. Never mind the bargain price of just $2.39 for each taco.  

Three types of soup appear on the menu, but I highly recommend the zesty shrimp corn chowder. At around $2.50 for a decent-sized cup, it’s possibly the best item on the menu. As for sides, you can’t go wrong with the slightly sweet turnip greens or the jalapeño coleslaw. Memorable guacamole, salsa trio and cheese dip starters are all served with tortilla chips.

One nice touch for the fast-casual concept, Taqueria del Sol’s “system” rightly treats its patron as guests and not busboys. When you finish the meal, you simply get up and walk away without having to carry and throw away any trash. If there’s anything that needs adjustment, arguably it’s the canned-soda approach rather than bottomless fill-it-yourself fountain style found in most other restaurants. But it’s hard to argue when a 12-ounce drink sets you back less than $1.50.

For those who enjoy adult beverages, Taqueria del Sol also features a full bar with a solid assortment of tequila, bottled beer and margaritas.

When it comes to décor, floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of light to penetrate the spacious dining room. Exposed ductwork and a nice combination of white wooden four-tops and stainless steel high tables create an informal, congenial vibe. Taqueria del Sol is a welcome addition to the Triangle-area’s culinary landscape.

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1 comment:

  1. Based on your recommendation, Lunchboy, I went to Taquería del Sol for lunch today. It was a great experience. I ate two delicious tacos (one fish, one vegetarian), made a lot of "yummy noises", and wiped my mouth. I then called my husband to tell him "I just ate lunch at our new favorite restaurant." We will definitely go back. Thanks for letting me know about this place.