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Taqueria Abierto’s

Posted by YAR 29 Mar 2008 2 Comments


This tienda and taqueria (1915 B Chapel Hill Rd, across from Lakewood) is actually called Tienda Latino, which is only slight less generic a name than its unofficial name of Taqueria Abeirto’s (abierto means “open”). It’s very subtle in this photo, but at night, the “abierto” sign is basically the only one you can see, and the person who told me about this place said that everyone he knows just calls it Abierto’s.

I wish I had noticed that this was a taqueria when I lived around the corner from it–at the time, I thought it was just a tienda, and eating out for every meal gives me no reason to go to grocery stores. It’s not one of the absolute best taquerias I’ve tried, but it’s definitely solid. The asada taco was a tiny bit dry, but they do have a good salsa bar to help out with that. The pollo gordita was much better–the chicken was actually not at all dry, the tortilla was better and greasier than the thinner taco tortilla, and the queso was just right.


  • Phil said:

    This “tienderia” was one of the earlier such places in Durham. I think I visited there at least as early as 2000. Some of the nicest staff, ever. And the easiest way to identify the veteran diners from newbies was to see who knew where the secret-hidden-in-plain-sight bottle opener was.

    On weekends they used to serve menudo out of a monster pot.

    Used to be, also, they had a big green/red/white “LATINO” sign mounted high on the store front. That’s how it was findable in the daytime. Now they have the neon for finding it at night.


  • carpedurham said:

    Now I have to go back and look for the bottle opener.

    They still do have that giant LATINO sign. I was surprised to see it because I had only ever noticed the abierto sign, despite driving by every day for a year.


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