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Dec 9, 2009 12:49 PM

Mamacita's, Asheville

Have noticed this place tends to get good notices from people who like their grub cheap, fast, and filling, but I'm wondering if they have anything to offer those who don't really care for big, fat, starchy burritos? Also, how's the beer selection?

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  1. basic beer selection. You can get quesadillas, nachos etc. if you dont want a burrito.

    1. Personally, I feel Mamacita's is terribly overrated. They do have tacos/quesadillas. But it's basically chewy meat sitting in a steam tray with underwhelming toppings to choose from. It's certainly better than Moe's/Urban Burrito, but not by much. I think you are better off at a high quality taco truck. I tend to have much better meals at Tiendas/taco trucks than I have ever had at Mamacitas.
      Off topic - I miss the days of Rio Burrito!! Tom and Andrea (RIP) were the absolute kings of the burrito/taco business in WNC.
      Also, the beer selection is so/so. 24oz PBR's with your standard Mexican offerings (Tecate, Modelo, Pacifico, etc.).

      8 Replies
      1. re: jbaucom

        Never got to try Rio, damn it. Where can one find a good taco truck in Asheville on weekends? (I live in Henderson county.)

        1. re: Jeff C.

          some friends and I tried a couple in Hendersonville/S. Asheville area a few months ago. The one we all liked the best, was kinda scary looking (spray painted old truck!), but what we had was really's parked at the Citgo on Airport Rd (closer to the rt. 25 end). It's always got customers. their english is limited, but you can get the job done. I'll try to attach a pic of what I had (steak quesadillas) and one of their truck. Came with grilled onions, choice of sauce and fresh lime. There is also one on 191 near Mills River that's pretty good and another one parked on the Upward Rd side of Bryan Easler Toyota, but I haven't tried that one yet.

            1. re: Jeff C.

              depends on what cheap is I guess. for the one on airport rd, my quesadilla was $6 which I thought was a little pricey although it was good sized and I would pay it again), but my friend's tacos (soft shell) were cheap although much smaller of course - like $1.50 or $2 each I think? They did not have prices posted, so hard to say what everything else is.

              1. re: Scirocco

                That's certainly cheap by today's standards!

                1. re: Jeff C.

                  I wholeheartedly disagree with jbaucom, sorry! Mamacita's is super fresh, they use local products like Hickory Nut Gap Farm meats (their pulled pork is awesome - my husband's favorite) and it is not even remotely close to the ickiness that is Moe's and UB. I have never had chewy or tough meat there (although admittedley I prefer the citrus good!).

                  I always get the burrito without the wrap, and they pile it on with lettuce so it is more like a salad. They have extra toppings that you don't see at other places like roasted red peppers, grilled veggies, slaw, etc so you can really make it substantial. Their fish tacos are also pretty good and you can ask to have them grilled instead of fried - don't forget the baja sauce - it makes the taco.

                  Their guac is homemade and fresh and I always get a side of that too.

                  It's nothing special that I would make a specific trip down to Asheville for, but it is definitely one of my favorite quick lunches in town. We go there a few times a month for sure. Perfect for if you are coming in to downtown for dinner and shopping or a movie or whatever and want a light, quick lunch.

                  1. re: miss piggy

                    I'm in agreement with Miss Piggy. Fresh, interesting choices, easy in and out, and sometimes some nice drink specials. If I'm downtown it is one of my top options for quick, reasonably health and priced and not swamped with tourists.

                    Comparing it to the offerings at a tienda or taco truck is comparing apples to pears - all in the fruit bowl but different enough.

                    1. re: meatn3

                      Mamacitas is solid. A few tips tho:

                      Ask for yer tortilla to be heated till almost crisp.
                      Get the habanero salsa!
                      Avoid the Horchata. (and tell me where I can get a great one in AVL!)