Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gonza Tacos

What it is: Gonza Tacos is a local chain of restaurants that just opened up its third location in West Village in Downtown Durham.  We had checked out the one in Wake Forest in The Factory and found it delicious so we had to see if the Durham one measured up.  We discovered that both restaurants were similarly excellent.

We headed down to the location downtown and found a lot to park in.  Then, we walked a short distance to Gonza Tacos.  They had a lovely outdoor area which we think would be great to enjoy when the weather is a little warmer.  The restaurant is a little dark and noisy inside.  There are plenty of bright luchador masks and stars hanging from the ceiling making it a little brighter and give the kiddos something to watch.  We also walked past a bar on the way to our seats.  So, while this restaurant is very kid-friendly with most of the other tables also having children, it would also be a great place to go on an adults-only outing.

They gave the kids some crayons and a kids' menu to decorate.  The menu only had two items (tacos and quesadillas), each $7.  That's a bit pricey for a kids' meal, but it came with a drink, rice, beans, and little ice cream cup for dessert.  We also ordered some queso for the family, and the kiddos loved it!  They emptied the bowl! For the grown ups they had lots of delicious options. We have sampled several of the tacos and enjoyed all of them especially the carnitas and pastor ones.  The tacos come with beans or soup, and their tortilla soup was the best tortilla soup that I have ever tried.

What we liked:  The food was delicious for the adults and kid-friendly-always a good combination. The little cup of ice cream was a nice touch for the kiddos at the end of a meal.

What we would change: It was a bit noisy in the restaurant, but that may be beneficial for some of us with children who sometimes forget their indoor voices (like mine).  Plus, the rice that comes with the kids' meal may be super delicious, but it's also green which made it a no-go for my picky eaters.

Website and other important information:


Address: 604 Fernway Avenue, Durham

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-2pm and 5pm-9:30pm, Friday 11:30am-2pm and 5pm-10pm, Saturday 5pm-10pm, Sunday 5pm-8:30pm


(their outdoor area which will be lovely in a little warmer weather)

(Mmmm, queso)

(a view of the bar)

(a little of the decor)

(the kids' meal)

(the carnitas)

(my steak tacos and soup)

(the kids' ice cream treat)

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