Apr 06, 2008
Crab Enchiladas at Fiesta Grill (Carrboro) of the Gourmet Magazine Mention
Today's special at the Fiesta Grill -- crab enchiladas. A generous portion for only $10.95. Not pictured, the also-generous tostada de ceviche for $2.95 (available Saturdays and Sundays).
I've always been happy to go there for the rich and freshly made everything. To be honest, I've never been blown away by the food -- but I've almost always been pleased. Perhaps as importantly, they have the longest menu I've seen of any local Latino restaurant**, so I never get bored with the choices.
They also have the friendliest staff ever. Need something to tweak your meal? They're quick to provide extra cilantro, their alternate salsa (rich flavor without much extra heat), more limes, or a bottle of hot sauce.***
Come warm weather, treat yourself to country drive with lunch or dinner at the Fiesta Grill in west-of-Carrboro followed by dessert at Maple View Farm. If you don't mind a messy meal, you can even take your to-go order for eating at the Maple View Farm picnic tables.
*Click for a scan of the Carolina Cocina article (.pdf 2MB)
**including eight vegetarian choices. Want proof?
***Fiesta Grill uses the well-known Tapatio sauce from Guadalajara. Did you know that Northgate Mall in Durham used to have a store that just sold hot sauces and related products? That was ~1993. Sadly, it didn't last long.
The fellow whom I think is the owner: his jawline and voice remind me of Marlon Brandon as the Godfather -- but in a nice, friendly way.
Essential ingredient atop the enchiladas: the half-cream aka media crema. Cans of the Nestle brand should be available almost anywhere with Latino groceries.
Whoa, Phil - thanks for the pointer to the Gourmet article, and for those gorgeous pix. A couple of new entries on the "must try" list for my monthly sojourns to NC.
Posted by: Barry Campbell | Apr 6, 2008 9:22:22 AM
Please, please, please do not let that restaurant go out of business before I make it back east! The last really good seafood enchiladas I had were at a little hole in the wall in Merced, California, back around 1988. Those in the photo look like they might give them a run for their money.
Posted by: Doc | Apr 7, 2008 1:39:00 AM