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April 2015

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Torero’s Mexican Restaurant

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We were in the mood for Mexican food, so we headed over to Torero’s Mexican Restaurant, located in the Millbrook Collection Shopping Plaza, at 4721 Atlantic Ave, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Torero’s can best be described as a fiesta for both your eyes and your stomach. Given the location and surroundings of the restaurant, you don’t expect much. However, when you step inside, you feel like you are stepping into a festive party. There is generous outdoor seating on a separate, enclosed patio.

The interior of the restaurant is colorful and decorated with black and white checkered tiles, bright, multi-colored walls, artwork, and Mexican-themed paper decorations hanging from the ceilings. There is a ton of natural light towards the front and center of the restaurant, while the back portion is windowless but well-lit. In the mood to catch the latest fútbol game? There is definitely no shortage of flat screen TVs here! Whether you’re sitting at the bar, or seated elsewhere in the restaurant, you’ve got the best seat in the house.

Below, we tried and reviewed three separate lunch specials at Torero’s. Lunch specials are available at this Raleigh location Monday through Fridays only, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fajita Quesadilla (Chicken) + Soft Drink

Chicken fajita quesadilla

Cost: $7.95 + $2.25

The Fajita Quesadilla consisted of a crispy flour tortilla filled with cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, and your option of chicken and/or steak. The dish was served with a side of sour cream, guacamole, and a choice of refried beans or Rancho beans, and Mexican rice.

The presentation of the meal was very simple. I LOVED how they served it with separate, edible taco cups. One was filled with refried beans, and the other was filled with rice. It kept the overall meal neat. The pico de gallo tasted ok, but it the avocado could’ve been a little more fresh. The chicken was cooked well, and the overall flavor was decent. I just wish they had better flatware. The knife was so dull, and it made it difficult to eat my meal. 

Fajita Taco Salad

Taco salad

Cost: $7.95

The FajitaTaco Salad consisted of a giant flour tortilla shell filled to the brim with: grilled onions, bell peppers, your option of steak and/or chicken, rice, beans, salsa ranchera, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Picture Elaine’s “Big Salad” from Seinfeld.

Three words: HUGE and CHEAP. Everything on their lunch menu was priced at a great value. Everything was very well thought out. Even the appetizer of chips and salsa was served with individual salsa for each person. The Taco Salad was great. It was served in a golden-brown shell, along with a healthy serving of chicken and guacamole. The flavor was great, and they didn’t skimp on anything – especially with it being so affordable!

Fajitas with Black Beans

Chicken fajitas with black beans

Cost: $7.95

The Fajitas consisted of a half serving of your choice of chicken and/or steak. The meat is then served sizzling hot over sautéed onions and green peppers. You have a choice in sides – either refried beans or Rancho (cholesterol-free) beans. Mexican rice and corn tortillas are served on the side, along with: lettuce, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.

This meal was a great value. The service was good and quick, and it makes for a good office lunch- especially if you need to get back quickly. You received a great amount of food for the price (great value). While the food tasted great, and the atmosphere was nice, the one gripe I had was that the guy up front was not really friendly. To his credit, however, he was fast and professional.

Overall, Torero’s was a great experience. You truly got a decent amount of food for the price that you wound up paying. Besides, where else can you snag a meal for three adults  for under $30?

Total: $28.12 (not including tip)

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March 2015

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Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

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Our latest dining experience took us to Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, located at 6006 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. The restaurant is tucked away in the corner of an otherwise nondescript shopping plaza. However, when you walk through the door, it’s another story.

Atmosphere

Inside of Salt & Lime Cabo Grill in Raleigh, NC

The interior of Salt & Lime Cabo Grill takes its inspiration from the coastal California scene. It is open and airy, with a full bar to your left, a lofty, exposed ceiling, and generous seating elsewhere,  including a modest patio off of the back.

The atmosphere is clean and laid back. Beach-themed canvases neatly line one wall, while vases, fresh plants, pottery, and simple artwork are tastefully placed throughout.  The ceilings are tall and feature lights that most likely give the restaurant a dreamy, romantic feel at night (Just imagine yourself dining beachside at night).

Baja Cabo Rolls

Baja Cabo Rolls

Cost: $8.95

The Baja Cabo Rolls consisted of four lightly fried wontons, filled with barbecued chicken, roasted corn, poblano peppers, jack cheese, black beans, cilantro, avocado, and spicy ranch. The thing that made this appetizer especially delightful was the fact that, despite it being a “fried” appetizer, it lacked the fried taste/feel.

The Baja Rolls were great! I liked that they weren’t greasy. They were golden brown, well seasoned, and the ingredients tasted really fresh.

This is one appetizer that was really well thought out. It was definitely a sum of its parts. It tasted really good with the spicy ranch sauce. However, if it had been served separate (without the sauce), it would not have been as great.

I don’t like fried food, but this was surprisingly good – mostly because it wasn’t dripping in oil, and it didn’t have that gross, fried taste. However, the rolls sans sauce were really bland and lacked flavor. It was the spicy ranch that really brought this dish together and made it fabulous.

Fire-Roasted Chile Relleno

Chile Relleno

Cost: $10.95

The Chile Relleno conisted of: roasted poblano pepper, cheese, roasted veggies,  quinoa, roasted salsa, lime cream sauce, black bean adobo purée, queso fresco, and cilantro rice. Of the meal, our diner stated:

The Chile Relleno had a very good flavor and fresh ingredients. It was a vegetarian meal, but it was not lacking in substance. The smoky + fresh combination was awesome. The beans around the outside were almost velvety, and the overall presentation was very deliberate and well thought out.

Chile Braised Pork + Lemonade

Chile Braised Pork

Cost: $12.95 + $3.00

The Chile Braised Pork consisted of: braised pork shoulder, sautéed peppers, onions & tomatoes, adobo sauce, black bean & roasted corn succotash, cilantro rice, and neatly folded, warm tortillas on the side.

This dish was absolutely delicious. The combination of ingredients made it incredibly flavorful. If you order this, definitely bring your appetite, and/or a friend! The portion size was generous, and it was nearly impossible for me to finish. I loved how all of the ingredients had that fresh-made taste. The veggies were perfectly cooked with bits of corn and tomato bursting against the adobo sauce and cilantro. I’d definitely order this again.

Island Shrimp Tacos

Island Shrimp Tacos

Cost: $12.95

The Island Shrimp Tacos consisted of: two tortillas, jerk-spiced shrimp, napa-romaine slaw, jamaican sauce, caribbean salsa, lime cream sauce, and cilantro rice.

Simply put, Salt & Lime Cabo has great food. I feel like the menu was created by a real chef. The ingredients were all high quality. We enjoyed eating in a nice, clean atmosphere. From the moment we walked in the door, the service was great and seamless. The shrimp tacos were AMAZING. The pairing of sauce on the tacos + the pineapple in the taco was amazing.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Cost: $6.95

The Molten Chocolate Cake consisted of: blackberry sauce, and aztec chocolate ice cream.

I loved it. This dessert is definitely not for the faint of heart. It has a very different flavor because of the spices in the ice cream, but if someone was feeling the need to branch out, it’s a great choice.

Aztec chocolate is known to be slightly spicy and rich. This, combined with the warm chocolate cake, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream resulted in a flavor that I can only explain as indescribably delicious. It’s one of those desserts that you try to eat as slowly as possible because you try to savor every single bite. It was THAT good.

Overall, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill was a huge hit. This is a great lunch spot for business associates, friends, lovers, or families with slightly older children. We’d love to go back and see what the atmosphere is like in the evening. The food, service, and decor were all on point. We’d highly recommend this as one of the best, well-kept secrets in Raleigh, NC. The food was absolutely incredible. If you’re looking for flavor, you’ll find it here in more ways than one.

Total (for 3 adults): $60.07*

*does not include tip

Monday

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November 2009

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Toreros Mexican Restaurant

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tacoWe love us some good Mexican food! There’s several Mexican restaurants in the North Raleigh area but one place we go back to often is Toreros Mexican Restaurant located at 4721 Atlantic Avenue. It’s pretty close to several main roads and is easy to get to. Always plenty of parking and seating, even on busy nights!

The food is very good and the portions are large. My boyfriend and I shared a chicken fajita meal and there was still a little leftover after we’d ate all we could. The tortillas are delicious, probably my favorite.

There’s a great atmosphere at Toreros too: we sat at the bar and there were about 5 different patrons who walked by the bar, greeting the bartender with hugs and well wishes. One customer ordered an unusual drink, and the staff worked hard to find the right balance of ingredients to make it just right. Their bar was well stocked with many liquors and beers and they have nightly drink specials.

We’re big on special ordering our food too and have never been disappointed with Toreros service when it comes to subbing rice for beans, adding extra cheese or sour cream.

Toreros prices are very affordable for a family to eat out for lunch OR dinner.

Mmm, I think I want some more right now!!!