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suse Feb 17, 2008 12:13 PM

Just read in the Durham News that Mami Nora's has reopened on Davidson Ave. - near Compare Foods off Roxboro Rd. They apparently have Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken. Sounds interesting - has anybody been?

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    BryanZ RE: suse Feb 17, 2008 02:42 PM

    Went tonight. Am starting a new thread with a more descriptive title.

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      hungryphillip RE: suse Feb 22, 2008 01:01 AM

      Try El Cuscatleco on Garrett Road off the 15-501. It's a converted convenience store (I think) that serves authentic food from El Salvador (not SA I know, but still deserves a mention.) I recommend PLATO TIPICO, which is a sampler plate of killer foods and some fried plantains... I usually knock the Triangle's mexican foods (I'm from TX... a bit of a snob) but El Cuscatleco really, really has it down. I recommend it whole-heartedly.

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        SenorSuarez RE: hungryphillip Feb 22, 2008 03:25 AM

        My wife likes Cuscatleco too. Also for the Plato Tipico.

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          suse RE: hungryphillip Feb 23, 2008 06:18 AM

          There's Mexican and then there's Mexican. I'm curious, hungryphillip - which Mexican foods in the Triangle you think deserve knocking - while I would agree that there is no decent Tex-Mex around here, the actual Mexican joints are excellent. Have you been to any of the ones routinely mentioned on this board: Los Comales, El Paraiso, Supertaqueria, Mirandas? I'm married to a Texan and I love Tex-Mex in Texas to be sure, but Mexican around here is a different beastie altogether. Give it a shot. I'll have to try the Plato Tipico at Cuscatleco - I think their standard "Mexican" fare is just so-so, but I love their pupusas.

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            gyp7318 RE: hungryphillip Feb 23, 2008 09:11 AM

            Where exactly is El Cuscatleco located? I'm familiar w/Garrett Road but can't think of where this restaurant is.

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              FuzzyT RE: gyp7318 Feb 23, 2008 09:58 AM

              Adding a place entry, w/ website and address.

              El Cuscatleco
              4212 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707

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                suse RE: gyp7318 Feb 23, 2008 11:02 AM

                It's very close to the intersection with 15-501, diagonally across from the gas station. Past the empty lot where Darryl's used to be, if that tells you anything.

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                  gyp7318 RE: suse Feb 24, 2008 06:46 AM

                  Ok--it's in a tiny strip mall? I remember seeing some hispanic businesses near the old Darryl's.

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                    LBD RE: gyp7318 Feb 24, 2008 07:10 AM

                    If you turn onto right onto Garrett going from CH to Durham on 15-501 it's the first building on the right, it's an old 7-11 type building. There's also a Nicaraugan place on 9th street (starts with an X), the green chile pork stew is really good

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                      BryanZ RE: LBD Feb 24, 2008 09:29 AM

                      I think Xiloa may have shuttered. It hasn't been open on any of the times I've passed by over the past couple of weeks. Or perhaps the owner is on vacation?

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                        hungryphillip RE: BryanZ Feb 24, 2008 02:59 PM

                        Xiloa is closed. Offers are being made on the joint as we speak.

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                        romansperson RE: LBD Feb 24, 2008 05:32 PM

                        Yep, if you are going south on 15-501 toward Chapel Hill like we are, turn left from 15-501 onto Garrett and it'll be on the right almost immediately. From I-40, get off on the 15-501 exit, turn right, turn right onto Garrett Road and right into the parking lot.

                        As far as the El Salvadoran stuff goes, it's the real deal. The parents of one of my husband's students cook there - they're from El Salvador. It helps if you speak Spanish, but the wait staff cuts you a break if you don't. :)

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