I tend to eat in a lot of the Mexican restaurants that you find in the strip malls. Each of them advertise authentic food, and each of it tastes very similar, much like Chinese takeout. In the Raleigh area, you've probably heard of El Rodeo, Los Tres Magueyes, and lumped them all in to the same category. I know I have.
I find Torero's to be slightly better. Their offerings are similar, their prices higher, but they have a few things that set them apart. For one, some of their plates are huge. Larger than anything I've gotten out of a combination plate. They offer a more robust seafood menu, which I find highly underutilized in Mexican cuisine. I think the food is better seasoned, and some of the menu offerings are more creative. Is it tremendously better? No, but unless I'm going for some Tex-Mex or an upscale Mexican restaurant, then Torero's is plenty.
On the last visit, had the big plate with a tamal, chile relleno, rice and beans while wife had the tacos al carbon. Salsa had some spice, which was nice. Someone was walking around the restaurant, playing some tunes on the guitar, which is something I don't see everyday. Can't believe I went so long before coming here, but I plan to revisit sooner rather than later.
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