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

    1. 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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      1. re: hungryphillip

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

        1. re: hungryphillip

          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.

          1. re: hungryphillip

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

            1. re: gyp7318

              Adding a place entry, w/ website and address.

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              El Cuscatleco
              4212 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707

              1. re: gyp7318

                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.

                1. re: suse

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

                  1. re: gyp7318

                    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

                    1. re: LBD

                      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?

                      1. re: BryanZ

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

                      2. re: LBD

                        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. :)