In case you haven’t heard, Dos Taquitos has opened a second location in Raleigh. Their newest restaurant is located on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. I have been a fan of the Creedmoor Road location in North Raleigh ever since I moved hear and am excited about the new downtown location. A few weeks ago I popped in after work for a quick peek at the new place. Here are a few of my shots of the inside.
The downtown location is called Dos Taquitos “Xoco” which means ” little sister”. True to form, this location continues the tradition of the North Raleigh location with an eclectic assortment of cool decorations & lighting throughout the dining area. I loved all the colors and lights strewn across the ceiling. No matter the what time of day you visit, you feel a world away from Raleigh.
Seating at Xoco comes in the form of large booths, many of which have their own distinct decorative theme. There is a little train that runs around the restaurant on a along the wall next to the booths that delivers your chips and salsa. This is a nod to their north Raleigh location that features a similar train that runs along the ceiling.
There are two bars inside the restaurant, and I understand their will be a third bar located in the outside patio & dining area that was still under construction during my visit. From what I saw, once completed the outside dining area and bar will add a totally new aspect to the restaurant and will practically double the seating availability in the warmer seasons. This was a quick drop in visit and regrettably I didn’t have time to sample the menu, but I plan to go back soon for lunch and will update this post with some food pics then. I can tell you that the menu is practically identical to the awesome menu at the North Raleigh location.
I did get a chance to speak to the friendly owner, Carlos Salamanca, for a few minutes and he explained that his goal is to expose customers to authentic Mexican culture through the cuisine at Xoco. While their menu does have a few “Americanized” dishes it features many authentic Tex-Mex and regional Mexican specialties that people can’t easily find elsewhere so there is something for everyone and room to experiment for those looking to expand their horizons.
I love the atmosphere of Dos Taquitos Xoco and look forward to going back to eat and to explore their cool outdoor seating area. Their new location is sure to be a popular destination with the summer dining crowd. Check out their facebook page below for more great pictures and updates on their menu and Sunday brunch offerings!
Dos Taquitos “Xoco”
410 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603 (Map)