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Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Posted by DID 24 Feb 2015 3 Comments

A whole plantain split open and stuffed with steak is pretty much all you need to know about the new Gonza Tacos y Tequila in Durham.

Located in the old 605 West Morgan spot in West Village, this is the third¬†Gonza Tacos y Tequila in the Triangle (the other two are in Raleigh and Wake Forest). The decor is still the large open, exposed brick of 605 West Morgan, it’s just been updated and enlivened with day of the dead accessories and dozens of paper lamps.

It’s pretty much everything we want in a restaurant. It’s our favorite taqueria grub paired with premium booze juice in a fun, casual setting. We’ve tried the carnitas tacos, tortilla soup, ceviche, pastor tacos and the above mentioned el platano. All have delivered in spades. The only ¬†bummer is that tacos come in orders of three and you can’t mix and match.

This place is already popular and can have a wait. We look forward to warmer months, when their seating will be almost doubled with the outdoor patio. We hope this is the place that can finally make a success of this location.

Gonza Tacos y Tequila
604 Fernway Ave.
Durham, NC

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  • Ralph Haygood said:

    I live at West Village, so I’m very happy about Gonza. It’s good food, reasonable prices, and a comfortable setting. And I’m hopeful it will actually survive, unlike the previous two occupants of the space, partly because it has much better signage, including a snazzy neon sign on Fernway Avenue. Good signage is crucial for a restaurant inside an apartment complex and not on a busy street.

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  • Div said:

    You can get better, cheaper tacos at many places in Durham, and the portions are very small, but it’s a cool space, and the tequila menu is great. Free chips and good fresh salsa, which is nice. I won’t rush back, but it’s not a bad place.

    They do charge extra for hot sauce, though, and that’s f@#*ing ridiculous.

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  • Bess said:

    I held a group dinner (20+ diners) here in February and I was disappointed by the service, in particular the general manager’s attitude and behavior. 1) He was telling me what time he wanted me to hold my dinner on a Saturday night, 2) the music earlier in the evening was OK then it got louder and more clubbier. Despite asking the server to have the music turned down or to play classic Latin music like they were earlier that evening, the music didn’t change nor did it get noticeably quieter. 3) I was told if I wanted to have the glass enclosed space, I’d have to spend a minimum amount (which I knew was unlikely). I would’ve thought the restaurant would’ve made an exception. i.e. goodwill, as they’d been open less than a month at the time of the group dinner. 4) We were assigned two servers, one of whom was in training (because he told us). Not smart to throw a newbie to work with such a big group and this server really struggled. However, the food was good but let down by the service. Oh, I’d agreed to a 20% service charge but it was not deserved on this occasion. If I’d seen Gonza there that evening, I don’t think he’d allowed the general manager to treat my group as poorly as we were treated. If the gm has left, I might reconsider taking a group of four or more there again.

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