Taqueria El Toro (Raleigh, NC)
For those who consider Durham to be the place to go for authentic Mexican cuisine in the Triangle, you must visit Taqueria El Toro in Raleigh. Aside from Durham’s Taqueria La Vaquita, this was my favorite taco experience in the Triangle.
It’s a little hidden, in a small shopping center just south of Raleigh near the intersection of Tryon Rd and Hwy 401, but absolutely worth seeking out. Inside, the space is suprisingly large and spotlessly clean. I chose three tacos ($1.59 each): carnitas, al pastor, and chicken tinga. We also ordered a plate of what appeared to be house-made chips ($1.99), which were very thick, and a large serving of delicious, creamy guacamole (for the astoundingly low price of $1.09). Taqueria El Toro has an excellent salsa bar, featuring 6 or 8 salsas (complete with labels), plus less common garnishes like blistered peppers, sliced carrots, and a spicy cabbage slaw.
The carnitas taco was excellent – among the best I’ve had. The pork was maybe a touch dry, but it did offer a nice crispy crust. The al pastor taco was my least favorite of the bunch, and I’ve had better versions at a handful of other places. But the chicken tinga was just fantastic – delectable shredded chicken with surprisingly subtle chipotle flavoring. All tacos are served on double stacks of outstanding corn tortillas.
I encourage you to go check out Taqueria El Toro; in my opinion it rivals just about any place in Durham. I can’t wait to go back!