It’s not a cantina in El Paso, but it might be about as close as you’re going to get in Greensboro.
It’s Taco Mama and it has opened at 2168 Lawndale Drive at Lawndale Shopping Center.
Filling the space formerly The Army Navy Store, Taco Mama is the North Carolina debut for the Birmingham, Ala.-based chain of Americanized taquerias.
“Our real estate partner, Will Black, is a native of Greensboro and he thought Greensboro would be a great fit for Taco Mama,” said Taco Mama founder and president Wil Haver. “We came to visit and quickly realized that Greensboro is our kind of town.”
Haver started Taco Mama in a small space in Birmingham in 2011. The concept took off and Taco Mama has grown to nine locations in Alabama and another in Nashville.
Taco Mama is a fast casual restaurant that offers signature tacos and burritos such as Cheezy Beef with barbacoa and queso fresco ($9), Hippie Fisherman with flounder and ancho chile slaw ($9), and Tree Hugger with beans and cilantro-lime rice ($8).
Or you can build your own taco, burrito, quesadilla or burrito bowl from a variety of slow-roasted meats and toppings.
“Our barbacoa (braised beef) and pork are slow roasted for around seven hours. We cut tenderloin and serve it for steak tacos, burritos etcetera. Everything is fresh,” Haver said.
Orders are placed at the counter, but runners bring it to your table.
Taco Mama is also known for its signature margaritas made from seasonal juices such as blood orange and watermelon. Haver said he is considering a cucumber margarita for the summer.
The ambiance of the 3,800-square-foot restaurant, which Haver created, has the quirky appeal of a rustic cantina with lots of Mexican border-infused memorabilia and lighting.
“I got the design side of my personality from my mom,” Haver said. “Everything from the paper the menu is printed on to the music is meant for a specific feel.”
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Phone is 336-790-1987. Visit tacomamaonline.com.
Zoës Kitchen opens 2nd location
Zoës Kitchen has opened its second Greensboro location at 4524 W. Wendover Ave., Suite 101 at Wendover Commons shopping center.
The shopping center is anchored by Havertys and Academy Sports and Outdoor.
World Market also opened recently in the shopping center.
The restaurant’s phone is 336-542-3724.
The restaurant brings 30 jobs to the community.
Zoës Kitchen is a chain of fast-casual restaurants offering Mediterranean-inspired items with fresh ingredients.
Greensboro’s first Zoës Kitchen opened in 2009 at 3352 W. Friendly Ave., Suite 115 at the Shops at Friendly Center. Last Sunday, Zoës Kitchen fed 250 Hampton Elementary School students displaced by a tornado to Reedy Fork Elementary School.
Food truck festival
About 50 food trucks converge on downtown Greensboro on Sunday for the Spring Greensboro Food Truck Festival.
The event is 3 to 9 p.m. along Market Street between Greene and Elm streets.
There also will be beer, wine, live music, arts and crafts activities and bounce houses for kids.
Admission is free.
Information can be found at www.greensborofoodtruckfestivals.com.