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Jeff C. Feb 16, 2009 05:04 AM

The girl who cuts my hair is from Mexico, and when I asked her where I could get authentic Mexican fare in WNC, she at first said, "It's difficult." But then she mentioned a place at Smiley's Flea Market in Fletcher. She said they have things like posole and menudo and that they make their own tortillas, but she couldn't remember the name. Does this ring a bell for anyone?

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    mark RE: Jeff C. Feb 16, 2009 12:42 PM

    hi jeff,

    i don't have any specifics, but i do recall an xpress review from a few years back...

    http://www.mountainx.com/dining/2006/...

    maybe that will give you something to go on.

    always up for good mexican fare, so let us know what you find.

    mark

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      Jeff C. RE: mark Feb 16, 2009 03:47 PM

      Thanks. I remember this article, but unfortunately it doesn't provide much detail other than the name Garcia's. I'll see what else I can find out...

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        Sombra RE: mark Mar 7, 2009 04:12 AM

        I have heard Smileys does have a good selection of authentic Mexican food. I also think you will do well with Taqueria Fast, Tienda Gonzales (on Haywood Rd), and a new comer who may be worth trying is Tacos Jalisco (word on the street is their tacos are great but I have not tried).

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          Jeff C. RE: Sombra Mar 7, 2009 10:34 AM

          Still haven;t made it to Smiley's yet, but I hope to soon!

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        Spreadhead RE: Jeff C. Feb 16, 2009 03:44 PM

        Yes.There are several places at Smileys that serve really good Mexican Street type fare.Not much english is spoken and the lines can get long, but well worth it.

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          Jeff C. RE: Spreadhead Feb 16, 2009 03:58 PM

          Are these mainly stalls, or are there some sit-down places? What have you had that you really liked?

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          honeypot RE: Jeff C. Feb 18, 2009 02:28 PM

          Friends took me to a restaurant on Haywood Rd "Speedy Gonzales" authentic, little english spoken...sorry I don't know the address but worth searching for!!

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            Jeff C. RE: honeypot Feb 20, 2009 07:34 AM

            Where at on Haywood?

          2. jbyoga RE: Jeff C. Feb 28, 2009 07:33 PM

            taqueria fast in N.Asheville is very good...

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              Jeff C. RE: jbyoga Mar 1, 2009 05:20 AM

              Never heard of. Where is it?

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                SISC RE: Jeff C. Mar 2, 2009 05:46 AM

                North Asheville - Woodfin area on Weaverville BLVD.
                175 Weaverville Rd # B
                It is in a strip mall.

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                  Jeff C. RE: SISC Mar 2, 2009 08:20 AM

                  You like?

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                    SISC RE: Jeff C. Mar 3, 2009 05:30 PM

                    Taqueria Fast is definitely worth a try. I am no authority on Latin food, but it seems to be the most authentic in the area. The restaurant is very casual, you order from the counter and they bring the food out to you. Their food tastes fresh and has a decent amount of spice. The place gets packed at lunch time so you might want to plan your trip accordingly. Enjoy!

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                      Jeff C. RE: SISC Mar 4, 2009 05:45 AM

                      Just a lunch place? (I live in Hendersonville.) Also, do they speak English?

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                        SISC RE: Jeff C. Mar 4, 2009 07:55 AM

                        They serve dinner as well do speak English, perhaps grudgingly so. If you are in Hendersonville, the options at Smiley's are likely just as good.

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                          Jeff C. RE: SISC Mar 4, 2009 08:16 AM

                          Got it. Thanks!

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