Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Los Portales - Fayetteville Road, Durham

I could eat Mexican food every day of the week and never get sick of it. One of my favorite parts of living in Mebane was having a really great Mexican restaurant to eat at. I love Durham, but find it seriously lacking a good family Mexican-American restaurant. I don't like Torerros or El Rodeo. El Custaleco was okay, but the flavors don't quite jive for me. And yes there are lots of great taquieras, but that's not what I'm talking about.

I strolled into Los Portales on Sunday afternoon after a trip to Babies R Us. My first impression was that the decor is bright and cheerful, and the restaurant is clean. I was promptly seated in a booth next to another table with a baby and handed a menu.

The menu is diverse and allows you to create your own combinations, along with a wide selection of their own specialties. The prices were quite decent too, especially for the Southpoint area. After ordering from the vegetarian menu (also featuring custom combinations), I snacked on chips and salsa. The chips weren't anything too special, but the salsa was great. It had a smooth texture and great flavor.

My potato burrito was filled with mashed potatoes, onions and cheese, and smothered with a lovely tomato-based sauce. My spinach enchilada was filled with fresh sauteed spinach and diced onions. The flavor in both of the items was fantastic, and the rice and beans were just what I like.

I've been eagerly awaiting the opening of this restaurant and am thrilled to no longer have to drive to Mebane for great Mexican food! Go check out Los Portales and let me know what you think!

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LA and BD said...

Oh, I love Mexican food, too! And that place is near my office. I'll have to check it out!

Melanie Busbee said...

I will certainly try this place.
P.S. - I didn't know you didn't like Torero's. So when I suggested going there for your birthday this year, you should have said, "NO, NO, NO, I hate Torero's!!!!"
And then furthermore, you PAID FOR MY MEAL at a restaurant you DON'T EVEN LIKE, for YOUR BIRTHDAY!
Okay, I'm done now. But I hope you understand what I'm saying here. YOU ARE TOO GENEROUS!

girlnblack77 said...

Always looking for good Mexican restaurants... we'll have to check this one out; thanks!

Jeni said...

All of you need to let me know what you think :) I really enjoyed everything I had!

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