DURHAM’S BEST TACOS – NANATACO

Nanataco

If you haven’t noticed yet, I have a bit of a soft spot for tacos.  I just love that you can do so many different things with the.  No two tacos are ever exactly the same, and it’s as easy to make them sing as it is to make them sad.  My taco obsession started with taco trucks a few years back when they really exploded across the U.S.  And while I know that tacos aren’t necessarily traditional Mexican food as it’s served in Mexico, there is a certain quality I’m looking for in a taco that makes them feel authentic to me.  Nanataco did a really nice job of getting there.

http://nanataco.com

Overall: 4.25 out of 5

Food/Beverage:  4.5 out of 5

Ambiance: 4 out of 5

Value: 4.5 out of 5

Service: 4 out of 5

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What a great exterior! Somewhat modern, bright and roomy from both the outside and the inside.  When we first arrived, there was no line but a good deal of people sitting and eating.  The covered porch was packed! The dining room is comfortably large, but some of the tables do push into the doorway and cause a little bit of a cluster if you happen to be seated there.  By the end of our meal, there was a line clean out the door!

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The menu is posted on the wall above the registers.  They have several options for tacos, including 2 fish tacos (grilled and fried), calamari tacos, and more traditional beef and chicken.  Aside from those, they had some they referred to as “dirty meats.”  That list included duck, chicken liver, hog jowls and chorizo, just to name a few.  The prices range from $7 to $9 for two tacos and are served with beans and rice and a few chips.

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I ordered the grilled fish tacos, topped with mango salsa.  The fish was perfectly grilled and the toppings were an amazing addition. So very very good.

My lunch companion ordered the grilled veggie tacos served on the corn tortillas, which I wish I had known were hand made in house.

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She said that they were amazing! The corn taco shells were a 5 star addition.

We also ordered chips and queso and chips and guacamole.

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The cheese was really good! Thick and creamy with a good amount of flavor.  The chips were good too but didn’t taste fresh.

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The guacamole was also very good.  I didn’t salt it even a little.  The restaurant also had one of those self-service salsa bars, which I usually love.  In this case, it was the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.  The pico was very good, but the salsa verde and spicy roja salsa were…eh…ok.  Kinda flavorless, and not spicy.

Service wise…well, you walk up to the counter to order so there isn’t much to be said about the service.  I will say, the guy at the register was great.  Made suggestions and was very quick with our order taking.  The food was brought to the table quickly, and we bussed it ourselves very very well.

I am so bummed that I don’t live closer to Nanataco and am also very glad that I don’t because I would absolutely eat my weight in tacos every day from this spot.  I will make the trek back as often as I can.  Thank you Nanataco.  I can’t wait to try your sister restaurant, Nanas.

 

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