Durham >Food & Dining > Taqueria La Vaquita
2700 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.976948 -78.936261
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 9am - 8:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 9am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Duke Forest
Modest little diamond of original unique Mexican foods! – Delicious! Sopes, tacos, tortas, or tostadas stuffed with your choice of meat: I've tried barbacoa ("barbecued" beef, get the close translation), pastor (marinated pork), chorizo (pork sausage), pollo (theirs is yummy marinated chicken) plus others, and/or choose beany avacodo goodness as your filling. The generous cilantro garnish takes the place of tasteless (therefore pointless) iceberg lettuce, and the mole sauce and salsa (red and verde) are extra fresh, salsa having chunks of fresh tomato and zesty heat to open up your nasal passages. Bebidas (drinks) available include vibrant cinnamon/nutmeg rice water called Horchata (theirs is the best I've had in Durham) and watermelon juice aka Jamaica (Ha-mya-ca). Formerly Brown Cow Dairy, they've improved the fare, and I prefer their walk-up n order presentation...it actually limits the wait and you can see all the folks involved in making your delicious meal; if you wanna sit down n eat in a restaurant, go to one of those. If you wanna enjoy eating outside or take your tasty meal home or back to work then TRY VAQUITA! I want them to stay in business, so GO people, go and experience fresh unpretentious wholesome food from South of the Border with flair. Eventually, with more success, they may improve the picnic tables to tables n chairs with umbrellas n cushions. Give 'em a whirl!
Fresh Food on the Cheap – This is a great little taco stand which is very reasonably priced. I would recommend the vegetarian burrito- it has huge chunks of fresh avacado in it. My husband's bbq beef burrito was a bit dry however. Otherwise, great food and great value.
Excellent walk up taco stand – Easily the most identifiable taqueria in Durham because there's a COW on the ROOF!!!
Definitely worth stopping, yummy tortas and tacos, mole poblano to die for (not too sweet, not too spicy), and fabulous homemade corn tortillas.
The horchata is excellent as well, sweet, but not tooth achingly so
Excellent Mexican Food – Located in a small orange building with a cow on a roof, it is difficult to miss as you drive by -- and it is well worth a stop. Their menu offers a wide range of items -- from tasty burritos and tacos to a mouthwatering barbacoa (think extremely tender beef). The staff are friendly, the prices are very reasonable and the food is definitely worth the short wait.
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