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
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
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.