It's sad to say that a state with as many Hispanics as North Carolina seems to have a dearth of really good Mexican restaurants. Cerro Grande is by far the best in New Bern. Most people rave about Arturo's and personally I don't get it. I grew up in Southern Los Angeles and went to lunch at the homes of my Latina girlfriends. I know genuine from Americanized junk and have been cooking this all my adult years.
There are plenty of standard plates (enchilada, burrito, taco, beans, rice, etc) to select. However, if you look into the real heart of the menu you will find the real deal. Mostly I order a-la-carte. Beans and rice are just cheap fillers for the most part.
The specialties of the house include the Sincronizada -- a tortilla sandwich stuffed with chicken, onions, jalapenos, avocados, and cheese. They also have carnitas. You can order the "real" salsa if you ask for it. Otherwise you get a nice mild blend. The hot stuff is for addicts like me. They have steak Ranchero and Adobo as well as carne asada. Chorizo and lengua tacos.
The margaritas come in two varieties: standard and "top shelf". The latter is awesome and worth the extra money.
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