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Sep 28, 2013 11:14 AM

Best South Durham Resto News Ever

Los Comales is opening a second location on Southwest Durham Drive, near Kroger and Total Wine. I live less than a mile from there as the crow flies. This is gonna be dangerous.

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  1. other info, e.g when it is supposed to open?

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    1. re: walras

      No date yet, but they said it'd be opening soon. I think it will be a matter of weeks, not months.

      1. re: durhamois

        I live extremely close to SW Durham Drive. In all sincerity, this is indeed the best restaurant news ever!!!! YES!!!!! I'M ABOUT TO GO HOGWILD!!!!

        1. re: ToothTooth

          Now that I've recovered from my initial shock and delirium, I want to say that I really hope that the new location mirrors Los Comales #1 exactly and that the owners don't try to turn Los Comales #2 into a damned Tex Mex type place. The concept of an awesome authentic taqueria in a chain-y strip mall almost seems too good to be true.

    2. This is both good and deadly... I don't need more temptations, but since the close chubby's started making their menu smaller (it is convenient location not better than the Roxboro places) then I've stopped going.

      I agree I hope this is a mirror and not a fake out. I had hopes when Los Portales, the name anyways, popped up near Southpoint only for it to be tex-mex.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        Any updates on opening date for Los Comales #2?

        1. re: ToothTooth

          i drove by there this morning (right next to kroger). from whizzing by, it looks like the tables are set up, napkin dispensers. maybe just a matter of days (heh, hours??) ?

          1. re: cervisiam

            However, it looks like there is no walk up window for ordering. It seems like it's going to be wait staff service, which means higher prices. And there's no place I could see for a condiments bar. They seem to be installing a regular bar, though.

            I'd like to be wrong, but this seems unpromising at this stage.

      2. I feel like I must have been missing out on something great - never been to Los Comales. Can someone fill me in on the awesomeness?

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        1. re: LulusMom

          Well let me ask you this. Do you have a favorite Mexican/Salvadorean place in the area? Perhaps La Vaquita?

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            No, I don't. But I lived in Adams Morgan in DC and ate a lot of Salvadorian food there and loved it.

          2. re: LulusMom

            Among the best of the taquerias in Durham-- it's my favorite actually. It's on Roxboro Rd. so for those of us who are in Chapel Hill or western Durham the second location will be more convenient. Although you won't be able to get a paleta or a snowball at Pelican's nearby like you can at the Roxoboro Rd. location.

            1. re: bbqme

              It is one of my fave tacqueria's too and they have recently started have specials (recently to me) and sometimes you can get menudo even if it isn't the weekend.

            2. re: LulusMom

              I'm with LuLu'sMom - do tell! Apparently I have been missing out on something amazing in my life!

              1. re: Tehama

                I'm not meaning to compare these two but if you like Chubby's Tacos.. you should love Comales and they have a lot more to offer. See their menu on their Yelp photo pages.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  Thanks! I'm looking forward to trying!

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Chubby's isn't worthy to stand in the shadow of Los Comales or La Vaquita, but its still far better than the terrible gringo magnet that is Nana Tacos.

                    1. re: ToothTooth

                      I'm still not convinced that Chubby's can stand in the shadow of Taco Bell. I've yet to have a decent experience at Chubby's and life is too short to eat bad al pastor.

                      1. re: rockycat

                        Really? Their al pastor is much better than what I've had at Los Comales.. at least the one near my place at woodcroft is.

                        1. re: cervisiam

                          Your guess is as good as mine. But its truly awful and I've given it multiple chances not to be.

                          1. re: ToothTooth

                            grisly meat? stale chips? rancid salsa? i'm just curious, maybe i've been too ravenous when i go there to notice food quality :)

                            1. re: cervisiam

                              Since its so close to my house, I've been to NanaTaco multiple times and I've found that the rule at NanaTaco is blandness. The meat in the tacos is always a variable pile of non-flavor. The rotisserie chicken is bland. The fish tacos are bland. The pico de gallo is bland. The guacamole is bland. The mole is inexcusably bland. I've not tried all the meats on the menu, but the one exception I've found to their blandness rule is the chile rubbed pork butt, which is really pretty good. The house made tortillas are usually pretty good, too.

                              On top of it all, its always jam packed full of gringos (I'm a self-loathing white boy) and their ill-behaved mini-me offspring.

                              As far as I'm concerned, the only redeeming things about NanaTaco are the cheap drinks and the clean bathrooms. That place is truly not worth my time or money, especially when you consider that the uniformly excellent La Vaquita is just around the corner.

                              Sorry to be so negative about NanaTaco, but you asked.

                              On a more positive note, I'm still very much looking forward to the opening of Los Comales #2 and I hope to be the first gringo in line when they swing open their doors for business. I hope to be able to report back a positive experience.

                              1. re: ToothTooth

                                I am not a fan of their fish tacos (that salsa is wayyyy too sweet) but I love the dirty duck ones.

                                1. re: ToothTooth

                                  thanks, i have been only a handful of times, so i appreciate hearing opinions from people who go more often. we primarily go to la vaquita i and ii.

                          2. re: ToothTooth

                            I'll confess. I'm a gringo (gringa?) and I like Nana Tacos.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              NanaTaco is one of two Mexican restaurants in Durham (Dos Perros being the other) that is just not as good as I hoped it would be. The food coming out of there is, to my taste, sadly bland. I like the menu, like the setup and the vibe, but the flavor profiles are just meh. I'm fine with Tex-Mex and Ameri-Mex, I just want it to be good. I'd give anything to have a Torchie's Tacos there.

                              Dos Perros is another place that's better in concept than it is in execution. They have a couple really great cocktails, so I'm more likely to go there for the drinks than the food. I wish that Hector Diaz from Salsa's in Asheville would take over the kitchen at Dos Perros.

                              1. re: durhamois

                                I used to feel the same way about Dos Perros being boring and bland, but on my last few recent visits it's been very good. The sides have been much more interesting than just rice and beans (instead, think collards, squashes, and other various veggies). Plus, the meats have had a much greater depth of flavor and the drinks from the bar are always fantastic.

                                1. re: durhamois

                                  It has been many years since Salsa's has been good.

                                  Hector is great on concept but day to day details are not his strong point so consistency can be all over the place. When he reopened Zambra's the investors had their own guy manage the place...

                                  1. re: meatn3

                                    I haven't been to Asheville in 6 or 7 years, so I'll take your word for it. That's too bad, I used to love that place. I spent a summer in Asheville in '98 (I realize I'm dating myself), and I ate at Salsa's just about every day.

                                    My more current out-of-town Tex-Mex obsession is Torchies Tacos (various locations in TX, notably Austin, Dallas and Houston). In an ideal world, they would spread into NC by taking over that horrible Tijuana Flats place on Ninth Street.

                      2. I saw tables and umbrellas on the patio earlier today, so I poked my head in. Today is opening day. They are indeed sit-down. They offer the same menu as the original location, plus a few other specials, like mole rojo. They had a whole section of egg dishes on the menu, which I don't remember seeing on the board at the original location. I did see one concession to Tex-Mex cuisine on the menus, chimichangas, a dish I happen to like, but they're out of place on an interior Mexican menu.

                        It is true that they don't have a salsa bar, but rather are just giving sides of salsa with orders. However, they DO have beer and liquor, so that's a trade off that will please some (LulusMom). If the food quality is on par with the original location, I think it'll be a great place to grab a taco and a beer on this side of town.

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                        1. re: durhamois

                          The other place is technically sit down as well. The question is will this place do take out orders or not.

                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                            What's the technicality? At the original location do you order at the counter or do you sit down and give your order to your waitperson?

                            1. re: boaviagem

                              At the original location you order at the register and then seat yourselves. A waitress brings you your food and drinks. You then walk up to the salsa bar to top and dress your tacos, burritos, pupusas, etc., the way you want. The fact that the new location won't have the salsa bar is a huge bummer. That's what sets Los Comales apart from the other taquerias on Roxboro Rd. IMO.

                              1. re: bbqme

                                Well I personally have wanted to try Super Tacqueria and La Superior.

                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                  Super Taqueria and La Superior both have salsa bars. And both restaurants are very good.

                          2. re: durhamois

                            You know, I was just going to ask that. Thanks for the info.

                          3. Los Comales is open. I can't report on the food because we had just finished lunch when we drove by and saw their neon sign lit up (how sad is that?) No salsa bar, but lots of tacos listed on the menu at a very low price. I've never been to the original Los Comales so I can't offer any comments about the rest of the menu.

                            Still, I'm so excited.