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Feb 2, 2008 10:14 AM

Tres Amigos in Carrboro

I was driving into town this afternoon and noticed a sign for Tres Amigos Tacqueria and Tienda in Carrboro on Jones Ferry/Main St. across from the Animal Hospital, a block or so before before Wendy's. Seems like great timing given the threatened banning of taco trucks and a pretty good location.

I'd already eaten lunch or I would've stopped for a bite. Has anyone tried it?

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  1. Hi I walked in, there is counter in back with a big kitchen, the menu had tacos, gorditos and mentioned 'barbacoa' I wanted to try something but forgot how to say 'tienes alguno sin carne..' and there was a very meaty aroma in the air [good if you like meat:)] So apologies but I'd try it. They had giant bags of Yerba Mate for sale, interesting.

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    1. re: Rory

      I had the same meaty smell experience when I walked in, Rory. And as a non-red meat eater, it was really overwhelming. But I was willing to give it a try ... but they told me they were closed (even though I'd had no problem walking in the door).

    2. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted a couple of weeks ago to change the law to keep the taco trucks so you can still enjoy their food.

      I haven't been to Tres Amigos yet but I read about it in the News & Observer. They have Mexican style hot dogs (which are wrapped in bacon, put on the grill and topped with onions, tomatoes and peppers) and Mexican style hamburgers (topped with grilled pineapple, ham and bacon).

      Here is the link to the article:

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      1. re: schmems

        Well they speak English, so go on in & try. It is super clean, no atmosphere and authentic.

        LulusMom, that's good to know, that comments like that are helpful.

      2. I finally got a chance to go there today and highly recommend others to go as well.

        I picked up two Mexican style hot dogs and a taco for my boyfriend. He loved his taco (he put it right up there with Don Jose). We both really enjoyed the hot dogs. So delicious!!! On top of it all it is very inexpensive! I think next time we might have to try the Mexican style hamburger, almost got one this time but we already had plenty of food for us to eat.

        Also, you can call in orders for pick up if you don't want to wait.

        1. I can't believe that so few of you actually went in and tried the food. Big mistake because you've missed out on delicious quick authentic Mexican food. I am a sucker for such food. Try the gorditas with barbacoa. Trust me, you'll be back for more. The owner is there ALL the time, so it is up to us to go support her, to support our local independent eateries. I could easily eat here 3-4 times a week, so sad for my hips.

          Where can we get non-chain breakfast tacos? Since leaving Austin 15 years ago, breakfast hasn't been the same.

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          1. re: CrazyViv

            We went a month or two after they opened and were pretty unimpressed. Based on that, we didn't go back

            In the last 6 months, I've heard pretty good things about their tamales and the gorditas you mention. I'll try to give them another shot in the next few weeks. I really want them to be the taqueria CH/Carr deserves (even Graham has a good taqueria, Guerrero on NC87 near 40/85).

            1. re: brokegradstudent

              I occasionally worry that the building alone is going to kill the place. It looks more like a survivalist bunker than a restaurant and it's always empty when I stop in. I'm usually there at odd hours though, so maybe it fills up during lunch and dinner.

              The food is at least as good as anything you can get at the taco trucks. They make the tortillas to order, the meats are varied and tasty, and they have Mexican Coke. Plus, the owner and cooks are really sweet. It's worth the stop for days when you're craving tacos in a sit-down setting.

          2. If you saw the Food Wars episode that featured Sinaloan (?) style bacon wrapped hot dogs in Tuscon and want to try one, Tres Amigos has their version of it.

            Tres Amigos
            109 W Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510