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Mar 1, 2008 11:53 AM

Desperate for great Mexican in Greenville, NC....

We've been looking for great, authentic Mexican food in the Greenville area. Had a horrible meal across from the convention center. Mario's had potential but a very limited menu.
Is there hope?

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  1. No. There is very little hope. There is a small restaurant in Simpsonville called El Tejano near Wal-Mart off Fairview. Its the closest you're going to get.. and even then, it's just not truly authentic. You might like it, though.

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    1. I'm not sure if Wilson is too far of a drive but one of my customers swears by El Tapatio. There's a brand new one that opened up off of Raleigh Road next to the Texas Steakhouse.

      1. Good luck with authentic. I grew up there and the only place we had was Chicos. Authentic, definitely not, but we always thought it was good.

        1. I live 30 min. from Greenville so Wilson is a bit far. We'll try Chicos. Anyone like any others? A few years ago I was in Wilson and there was a truly authentic place, I don't remember the name, right off 64 across from the theater. Is that El Tapatio?

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          1. re: DaveN

            If the one you are referring to was in the parking lot of the mall off of Ward Blvd - then yes that was the original El Tapatio. I believe it is no longer there, but there are several others in Wilson and the food is outstanding.

          2. My two favorite places are El Picante on Firetower Rd. and El Azador on North Greene St.

            El Picante is in a strip mall near the intersection with Evans St., just down from Computer Geeks. I usually get tacos- they have tacos al pastor(my favorite), and lengua and tripa as well IIRC. They have excellent tortas(Mexican sandwiches) also. Very authentic food, and the menu is pretty varied.

            I've only eaten at El Azador once- I had some very good tacos de chorizo there. A bit greasier than El Picante. I don't really recall what else they had on their menu, besides a variety of different tacos. The sign out front says that they do barbacoa and Southern cooking as well, but it's been a while since I've been in there.

            Also, there is a Mexican grocery store on Charles Blvd. that has a taqueria inside, but I haven't tried it yet. Finally, there is a Mexican bakery off Memorial Dr. near Pitt Community College and Sam's Club. It's called Panaderia La Ideal and is located in the same strip mall that houses the Winterville Chico's, behind the Burger King. They do really nice breads and pastries, and it's cheap- fifty cents a piece for most items, seventy five for a few others.

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            1. re: Naco

              I know we've talked about this before, but El Azador get's my nod. Highlights are sopes, tortas, tacos with barbacoa, lengua, carnitas (greasy but good) and pollo asada. Fri - Sun is extra special, with half and whole pollo asada and tamales. I was made fun of by my Mexican friends for adoring the pollo asada until they tried it. I must get to El Picante for a comparison