Durham’s sizable Latinx community has made many contributions to the Bull City, including a plethora of incredible restaurants. Enjoy a delicious meal (or treat!) at one of these restaurants in anticipation of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15!
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So Good Pupusas
This delightful food truck offers a self-proclaimed "taste of El Salvador with a side of social justice," mostly in the form of mouthwatering chicaharon, frijoles, queso, and ayote pupusas. All are served to supplement their nonprofit partner, Pupusas for Education, which provides scholarships to undocumented and DACAmented students to attend any higher education institution or program. Eat with purpose!
Don Becerra Taqueria
The phrase "hidden gem" gets thrown around a lot but Don Becerra Taqueria certainly qualifies. Inside this specialty grocery store, you'll find a restaurant with fast and friendly service and fresh, authentic Mexican and Central American cuisine.
Right in Downtown Durham, Dos Perros honors the rich culinary heritage of Mexican cuisine by serving classic dishes alongside hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive beer list. They also have a large number of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Durham Green Flea Market
You can buy everything from furniture to clothes to delicious food at the Durham Green Flea Market. Remember to bring cash – not every vendor will have a credit card reader available.
Tamale Factory and Tequila Bar
The owners of the Tamale Factory and Tequila Bar have created a relaxed, authentic atmosphere in their newly open Mexican restaurant and bar in Durham. It boasts handmade tamales, fresh lime margaritas, seasonal cocktails, and delicious sangrias among other slow simmered specialties made fresh daily.
Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken
The family-owned restaurant Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken serves pollo a la brasa at its two Durham locations. Pair your roasted chicken with sides that include tostones, maduros, and steamed yucca.
Enjoy Guatemalan specialties – plus live music on Tuesday nights – at El Chapin, a restaurant and market. Pair your tamales with fresh juice, or opt for a hearty serving of pollo en pepian.
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Gonza Tacos y Tequila, a Colombian-Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout the Triangle, offers gorgeous outdoor dining in Warehouse District of downtown. Owned by two Colombian cousins, Gonza Salamanca and Carlos Rodriguez, Gonza is decorated in a colorful Día de Muertos theme – the perfect backdrop for evening filled with tacos and margarita(s).
Cocoa Cinnamon – Lakewood
For amazing coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and churros, head to Cocoa Cinnamon's third location in the Lakewood neighborhood. The owners, Leon and Areli Berrera de Grodski, were inspired by the churrerias of Mexico, and you can find nods to Areli's Mexican background in the bilingual menus and signage as well as the brightly patterned decor and tilework.
As one Yelp reviewer wrote about La Superior Carniceria (La Superior for short), "You may think it is just a grocery store when you drive by, but it is so much more." Beyond the market is the bakery which offers fresh tortillas and other baked goods. Behind that is the restaurant where everything is fresh and made to order.
Taqueria La Vaquita
Taqueria La Vaquita or "The Cow Store" as it is affectionately called, is well-known for the bovine statue that adorns its roof. But it's famous around these parts for its delicious Mexican cuisine and beverages.
La Monarca Michoacana
For a sweet treat, head to La Monarca Michoacana, which specializes in Mexican-style paletas and ice cream. Can't decide on what to get? No shame in getting both.
A former garage-turned-dining-room, NanaTaco is full of natural light, vivid colors, and local art. You'll find an exceptional assortment of unique types of tacos here, as well as $5 margaritas on the menu daily.
Owned by a group of Argentine friends, Makus Empanadas serves fast-casual empanadas in South Durham. Order a couple dozen for your next event as an escape from the usual catered lunch fare.
North Durham's Super Taqueria offers a mouth-watering selection of sopes, tacos, burritos, and gorditas, plus a loaded salsa bar. Pair your food with an agua fresca for a stellar meal.
Restaurante Guanjauto de Durham
When you see the sign with a smiling chili pepper wearing a sombrero, you know you've made it to the right place. From a Yelp reviewer, Restaurante Guanajuato de Durham is "...authentic, wonderful, flavorful, and comforting. The Chile Rellenos is like a warm hug from grandma." The menus are in Spanish, but they do have an English version by request.
Owned by a Cuban-American couple, Copa brings farm-to-table Cuban sandwiches, tapas, and cocktails to downtown. Don't miss special events including salsa dancing on the first Saturday of each month.