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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Mexican: 5 Stars

Re: “Zia Taqueria

The food is freaking amazing. This place destroys, it absolutely blows away in everyway Tacoboy. The margarita mix at Zias is made from scratch with real citrus fruit. Also unlike Tacoboy, they have pitchers. The tacos are way bigger and taste a 1000 times better. This is my go to place for Sunday frozen screwdrivers. Try the tacos with the El Yucateco hot sauce at the silverware station. Deathly hot hot sauce.

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Posted by CircleHook on August 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

Just order a 1/4 chicken plate and you will be happy... especially if you add an order of plantains. So delicious, so filling. Sure, the restaurant decor is nothing to write home about, but nothing in that area of N. Charleston is all that nice. The people that run Pollo Tropical are super friendly with good service though. If you want good food, check this place out!

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Posted by Golden Ratio on May 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale

Juanita Greenbergs is a jewel on King St. Its got a sign out front that invites a dog friendly atmosphere. The staff enures that the restaurant is kept spotless and sanitary, and food is delivered promptly to your table in virtually no time. Its a place where you can let your kids run around out back and play hide and seek, while you enjoy your favorite margarita in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The patio area smells of Carolina Jasmine, as it is growing on the walls around the outdoor seating. I would recommend that anyone and everyone come enjoy this place. Also every Wednesday night one of the best female vocalists in town performs free to anyone who will listen, So come out and see Jordan Igoe and Friends. It will change your life. If you dont like the atmosphere clearly stated on the chalkboard out front, then go to McDonald's...lookin at you, Beth.

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Posted by GuineaPirate on May 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

I just tried five chicken tacos for $7.50. They were perfect!!!

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Posted by FastFred on May 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Re: “El Dorado

Unlimited Cheese dip on the buffet!!!!!! What else do I need to say. Love the lunch buffet.

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Posted by RedSnappa on March 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Re: “El Dorado

I cannot believe El Dorado has only one review.
I love El Dorado for may reasons...but the food is first.
Family run. Great service. Consistent food. Generous proportions. Moderate pricing.
I have been ordering the same few items for 15 yrs. Always good...never had a 'bad' meal or lousy service. EVER. I grew up eating Mexican, both in California & Arizona before moving here. It is like coming home.
Pretty standard fare...Americanized Mexican...nothing fancy. Try the Pollo Jalisco. Crumbled chorizo over a chicken breast and covered in molten Mexican cheeses.
Now my 11 year old son is hooked on their chicken tacos with crunchy shells.
Give it a try.

Posted by FOBofSC on March 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

Best Mexican food in town.

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Posted by alteredstate on March 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

Had the carne en su jugo and a wet burrito. Loved them. Service was enthusiastic and attentive. Got the check and had to pick my jaw up off the table. 2 entrees, a soda, margarita, and a kids meal for 25 bucks (tax included). The food was super, fresh and flavored so well. The price point is what takes this place from 4 to 5 stars on my scale. I will be back.

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Posted by Muskie on February 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

The mole is one of the best I have ever had. Raul said it is a 90 year old recipe that has been refined by generations of his family. The carne in su jugo is deliciously soul-satisfying. I also appreciated that the salsa had some heat and wasn't bland. The shrimp ceviche is similar to a Jalisco-style shrimp cocktail and not a traditional Caribbean ceviche. I have been to Guadalajara and really like this, but some people might be put off that it's not like what you would get in, say, Puerto Rico.

There was one table for two when we arrived, and another single person came in while were eating. The kitchen was incredibly slow considering they didn't have much to do, but the food was delicious.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

Went there for lunch today and this place really was outstanding. Neat atmosphere on the inside with beautiful, interesting paintings. The service went beyond my expectations. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was so much better than what you find at most of the Mexican restaurants in this area. It tasted fresh and homemade. This location is super close to 526, so from where I live in West Ashley its considerably closer than going downtown. I was really impressed. I honestly do think that this is the best Mexican in Charleston and won't be going anywhere else.

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Posted by Agnes on January 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Juanita Greenberg's

So glad we finally have a Juanita's in Mt. P. Have always loved the downtown restaurant. Went for Happy Hour and Dinner last week and it was awesome! Great food, so inexpensive and a super cool atmosphere.

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Posted by SRM on January 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

YES!!Excellent food. Don't miss the Chile Rellenos.

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Posted by mickey d on January 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

Don't miss out on this place! Some of the best Mexican food I have had in a loooong time!

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Posted by nofaith on January 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Barberito's

I love Barberitos! I eat there at once or twice a week. Their chips and salsa are the best in town! For those on a diet, you can get a 10 inch wheat tortilla. All fresh ingredients and fast staff for a quick lunch. Prices are reasonable. One of the best Lunch/Dinner places on James island.

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Posted by Gray Moore on January 19, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Zocalo

Zocalo is back open for lunch! just had the braised goat burrito, it was absolutely delicious! The goat was so tender it melted in your mouth. Sat at the bar and Kelly (bartender) was a pleasure to spend an hour with. If you're in park circle i highly recommend Zocalo. And if you're not, i suggest you make the trip. Prices are incredibly reasonable too.

Posted by joshl725 on September 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Los Parados

This is the real stuff exactly like I get in Mexico. I don't like menudo but I could actually eat theirs. The coctel de camaron was a touch sweet for my taste, but it was the closest of anywhere in Charleston to what I get in Guadalajara. The huarachas and tacos were outstanding, especially the lengua and cabeza. The two salsas they provided were both delicious. One was a smoky tomato and chili, the other was a tamatillo and jalapeno. Both had a nice amount of heat.

Even though it's Mexican home cooking everything is clearly made with finesse and skill. It makes me so happy having something this delicious and authentic available here.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on September 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

Even though this is not your typical Charleston restaurant it fits right in with the North Charleston "culture". The charcoal cooked chicken was delicious and plentiful, the ribs were perfectly seasoned and fell off the bone, the plantains were delicious. For the amount of food you get, the prices are quite reasonable- a whole chicken plate serves 2 people for $14.99. While the restaurant itself could use some updating, it is the food that will make me want to go back. Also, the waitress was very nice and allowed be to substitute black beans for french fries - and she just kept bringing food out for us to try.

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Posted by gophish on August 18, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Zia Taqueria

I've been a Zia "frequenter" since they opened, and while it took me a while to warm up to the "system"...I can now say that it doesn't bother me the least bit and they've gone through many steps to improve it to where I can say it probably works better than it would if it were a more traditional "system." Zia is almost always busy, yet I've rarely every had to wait for a table. Their staff is now at the point where after you've sat down you don't have to get up for extra drinks/food. Everyone can now take your extra drink/food orders after the initial purchase (my order was actually taken BY THE OWNER while I was in line last time...so I didn't even have to go through the initial line...where in Charleston do you see the actual owner busting his ass busing tables and taking orders?!). And as a sign of good business and ownership, they have retained a majority of their same employees since they opened. Poorly run restaurants have high turnover rates. I'd rather go to Zia and know exactly what kind of service experience I'm going to get (which is extremely satisfactory) than suffer through a bad service experience that I get at about 70% of the restaurants in Charleston. Kudos to Zia for bucking the normal Front of House "system" and being successful at it.

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Posted by jbrick83 on August 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Santi's

I don't know how you could say this is like any strip mall Mexican restaurant. It is so far ahead of those places I can't even go to them anymore. You can see everything cooked on the stove right in front of you. There aren't 15 microwaves going like any other Mexican places. Everything is big and delicious, and the pork is great. Its like stewed pork chunks and lots of them. Best Mexican food I have ever had, I just wish there was one of James Island. Thank you so much for opening a good Mexican restaurant, why would anyone ever eat at La hacienda ever again.

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Posted by redblood on July 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Zia Taqueria

i've had a different experience at zia.. i think the bartenders are charming and some of the female ones are drop-dead beautiful. they've served me with grace and charm, and sometimes even pretend to flirt with me despite how obnoxious i can be. i've had nothing but a pleasant experience, but then again i'm easily blinded by beauty. the food is pretty good too

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Posted by David Keller on July 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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