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Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

PeterB Jun 3, 2014 03:46 PM

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that both Los Comales locations are shut down due to tax issues. Los Comales was my go-to taqueria (ok, I live really close) with fresh, hand made tortillas loaded up with delicious meats. For $2 or less. And I also loved their condiments bar. Anyway, where to now? Durham and Triangle hounds, what say?

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    LBD RE: PeterB Jun 3, 2014 06:01 PM

    La Vaquita.

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      durhamois RE: PeterB Jun 3, 2014 10:34 PM

      It's so, so unfortunate. Los Comales tacos are unparalleled. I've hardly gotten tacos anywhere else for years now, but I guess what we're left with is La Vaquita and La Superior.

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        burgeoningfoodie RE: PeterB Jun 4, 2014 06:12 AM

        Yeah I mean there are at least 3 places that do good tacos on Roxboro.

        1. ToothTooth RE: PeterB Jun 4, 2014 06:17 AM

          This same question was recently posed on the City Data forum, so I will copy/paste my response below for the benefit of this CH audience:

          In Durham: La Vaquita - both the Chapel Hill Road and Hillsborough Road locations. Super Taqueria and La Superior, both located on Roxboro Road. Toledo Carniceria & Taqueria on Highway 54 in RTP. Azteca Grill on Chapel Hill Road. I used to really like the Taqueria Lopez truck that used to park on Hillsborough Road at night, but I haven't seen it parked there in a while.

          In Chapel Hill/Carrboro: The taco truck that parks at Fitch Lumber. Not sure about its name, but they have probably the best salsa verde in the area.

          In Cary: Taqueria Rancho Grande on SE Maynard Road. Their tamales are a strong contender for best in the Triangle, second only to La Vaquita.

          In Raleigh: Taqueria El Toro on Junction Blvd near Tryon Road.

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            Tom from Raleigh RE: ToothTooth Jun 4, 2014 08:00 AM

            In CH/Carrboro Taqueria Ramierez is the my go to choice. They're at Cliff's most weekend nights and have eye catching blue lighting. There are at least two taco trucks that park at Fitch's. Both are white and I can never remember which I like.

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              ToothTooth RE: Tom from Raleigh Jun 4, 2014 08:35 AM

              Of the two taco trucks that park simultaneously at Fitch's Lumber, I like the one that has the fold down window counters on both the side and back of the truck. If anyone can help with the name of that truck, please do.

          2. romansperson RE: PeterB Jun 5, 2014 01:16 PM

            There's also Restaurante Ixtapa on Exchange Park Road in Hillsborough now:


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              boaviagem RE: romansperson Jun 5, 2014 01:36 PM

              Great suggestion. R. Ixtapa is fantastic. Sensational guacamole. Everything else is great too. Best lengua tacos I have had.

              Note - They are closed on Tuesday.

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              PeterB RE: PeterB Jun 9, 2014 08:38 AM

              Thanks Hounds. There are indeed other tacquerias nearby so I'll have to get used to life without Los Comales. The shack behind Don Becerra's at Club & Roxboro does nice work also.

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                mikeh RE: PeterB Jun 9, 2014 08:47 AM

                "Johnson said in an email that the business owed about $185,000 to the state."

                They could probably raise a good chunk of that by selling 50% off coupons or something. Didn't "The Barbecue Joint" in Chapel Hill attempt (and briefly succeed) at something similar before being shut down for other reasons?

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                  Naco RE: mikeh Jun 9, 2014 04:07 PM

                  I don't know what the margin is on a taco, but they'd need to sell a lot of them to raise that sum.

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                  work2eat RE: PeterB Jun 12, 2014 01:39 PM

                  How about Tonali's?


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                    LBD RE: work2eat Jun 12, 2014 05:24 PM

                    I always forget about Tonali, their food is really good. It's different from Los Comales though.

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                      chops RE: LBD Jun 13, 2014 05:56 AM

                      Super Taqueria and the market they own further up Roxboro, la Superior are both quite good. I enjoy Superior for the tacos and the to go cooked meats. Not to mention the butcher shop and tortilleria.

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                        boaviagem RE: chops Jun 13, 2014 12:02 PM

                        Super Taqueria and La Superior have the same owner(s)? I didn't know that.

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                    RandyK99 RE: PeterB Jul 9, 2014 08:34 PM

                    Does anyone know what happened to Taqueria Lopez? Haven't seen it on Hillsborough since November.

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                      ToothTooth RE: RandyK99 Jul 10, 2014 06:57 AM

                      I've also noticed the Lopez truck has been missing! But just recently, I saw it on a Saturday afternoon parked near the panaderia at the intersection of Main St and Hillsborough Rd. Not sure if that's its regular parking spot these days, but its worth checking out.

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                      PeterB RE: PeterB Jul 10, 2014 03:35 PM

                      Went to Super Taqueria and I have to say the $1.50 tacos ( pastor, tinga de pollo, and carne asada) were fine. In fact the meat in the pastor and pollo might have even a little better than Los Comales. The tortillas, however, were decent but not like the hand made fresh ones at Los Comales. Also, their salsa bar was much smaller than I remembered it. Still, quite decent.

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