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“Worth a drive...”
Review of Fiesta Grill

Fiesta Grill
Ranked #31 of 289 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chapel Hill, NC
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Worth a drive...”
Reviewed 20 April 2012

I have friends who drive from Raleigh to eat here. Of course I get to live less than 1 mile from the place, but folks do seem to come from all over to eat here.

A run down building where you get to wait in line to eat on concrete floors with few amenities. So what? I'm just here for the food. Be prepared to wait; they typically only seat about 13 people at a time.

Maybe it's the adobo sauce they make from scratch, or their own mole sauce, or the queso, or the chili colorado, or any of a number of items that I've eaten or have had described to me as being favorites. But the real killer for me is the vegetable soup, marketed as tortilla soup but you could leave out the tortillas and the cheese and I'd be just as happy if not happier. In fact, i ask them to do just that for me.

Go in on a cooler day for lunch when the tables are full; half of them have the soup. It's chockful of a variety of vegetables and the broth is everything you'd want a broth to be. Oh, and don't forget to try their red or green tomatillo hot sauces while you're there. That stuff could be bottled and sold retail even in the saturated market that is hot sauces.

  • Visited March 2012
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Inverness, Florida
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171 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican!”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

the queso appetizer with chorizo is addicting! Mojarra Frita (whole fried tilapia) is perfectly cooked! I had fish tacos on my birthday! Very good! Owner and staff are very friendly and helpful!

Visited March 2012
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Haw River
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Best Mexican food ever”
Reviewed 3 February 2012

Very small and intimate - very rustic - worth the wait - all food fresh made every day including chips - We are spoiled by this restaurant and cannot go to any other Mexican restaurant because this one is so authentic. Don't miss the guacamole!

  • Visited February 2012
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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385 reviews
383 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Best In The Piedmont”
Reviewed 20 November 2011

Only "discovered" this place recently - Gourmet and Saveur Magazines discovered this place quite a while ago - and for good reason. It is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Triangle area. Teir located abot 4 or 5 miles from Carrboro, and the place is not much tol look at, inside or out, but it has that hole-in-the-wall charm often associated with a nice food adventure.

They have all the usual suspects on the menu (and they are all good and the ingredients fresh), but the real treats are in the Especialldades. The Chile Verde and the Chili Colorado are real special. The Menudo and Ceviche served on the weekends are also very nice. All the burritos are worth trying, and they are huge.

The chips and salsa rock, and the Nachos are as good as any you will find. The serving are large, the prices reasonable, and the service great.

The place is small ( 8 or 10 tables), and it gets real busy, so plan ahead - come early or order take out

  • Visited August 2011
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NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Food in CH”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

A small, unassuming place with mouth watering dishes. Fiesta Grill has gotten the best ratings from critics who come from Raleigh! It's nearly impossible to get a table without waiting anytime between 6 and 8, but the wait is worth it! Or do take out. The food is seemingly authentic, the staff friendly and attentive. I love their tortilla soup!

  • Visited November 2011
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