‘Tis the season for tinsel, twinkling lights, and tacos! Here are eight restaurants in Sanford where you can get your fill of authentic Mexican cuisine with family and friends visiting for the holidays.
With its mission to bring authentic Mexican flavor to Sanford, Fonda Lupita has made quite the name for itself. Serving award-winning cuisine from traditional recipes, the restaurant continues to attract folks from around town, the state, and the country to its tables. While everything on the menu is quite tasty, their tacos are truly exceptional. Come through and grab yourself some Carne Asada tacos dressed in cilantro and grilled onions, all served in a warm, homemade corn tortilla. Add any one of Fonda Lupita’s seasonal craft drinks and you’ve got yourself a meal that’s mucho bueno!
Give your regards to Broadway, NC, and chow down on some epic tacos from Los Charros Mexican Restaurant. This family-owned business specializes in a wide range of authentic Mexican cuisine cooked to sheer perfection. Make a meal of their traditional tacos with mixed chicken and steak while sipping on a large classic margarita on the rocks in their vibrantly colorful dining room.
With tacos literally in the name of the place, you know you’re in for a treat! While not unique to Sanford, the sheer fact Aye! Toro has four locations across the state speaks volumes about the food and the dining experience here. You’ll find only the freshest ingredients in their dishes, which are crafted from culturally authentic recipes. Take their Tacos de Cochinita Pibil for instance which are inspired by a traditional Mayan pulled pork dish and come with curtido, onions, and habanero peppers. This dish pairs well with Aye! Toro’s signature tableside guacamole and cocktail, the Toro Michelada.
Serving a taco at a time the traditional way, A Toda Madre is a bonafide hit with those who love authentic Mexican food. While you certainly can grab some of the most delicious tacos you’ve ever tasted here, the restaurant also serves up other traditional dishes. Think chicharron (pork belly) en salsa verde or menudo (a traditional Mexican soup) to name a few. If you do want to stick to tacos, we certainly won’t judge. We’ll just point you in the direction of the Tacos Dorados in all their crunchy, fried goodness. Topped with lettuce, Mexican crème, and cheese, these golden beauties will leave you completely satisfied.
Owned by the same folks who brought you Fonda Lupita, Mariscos No. Juan specializes in the delicious art of Mexican seafood. Of course, that can only mean one thing: fish and shrimp tacos. Taking a street-style approach, this eatery offers both options beer-battered and topped with chipotle cream, slaw, and pico de gallo. In addition to the food, you’ll love the bright, colorful, and casual atmosphere of their dining area giving patrons major beach vibes from the center of the state.
Tacos El Primo has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a small diner. Today, this delightful spot serves happiness to hungry patrons across Sanford and beyond. By “happiness,” we mean delicious quality meals and an extraordinary restaurant experience. Grab a table and order some tacos either Mexican-style (onions, cilantro, and a side of lime) or American-style (lettuce, tomato, mozzarella cheese, and sour cream). As far as the meat options go, why not indulge in something truly authentic? Say tasty lengua (cow tongue) or cabeza (cheek meat)? Both are absolutely delicious and definitely a food order you won’t regret or soon forget.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant near downtown serving stellar Mexican cuisine, then La Esperanza is the place to go. Snag a table in their quaint and cozy dining room to not only enjoy the food but also the bright and colorful murals adorning the dining room walls. While the menu boasts lots of delicious options, the tacos are really something special. Our favorite is the Birria taco, a corn tortilla filled with Mexican-style stew beef and topped with onions and cilantro. Be sure to order more than one, because you’ll want seconds and thirds.
Last on the list, but certainly not least, is a restaurant where beautiful memories are made over authentic Mexican delicacies. Located in the heart of the city, El Molcajete brings serious flavor to the table and is the perfect spot to grab a meal during the holiday season. Every dish here is made with quality, organic raw ingredients and served with the friendliest hospitality. But what should you order? Lovers of great tacos simply rave about Tacos Supremos which is either a flour or corn tortilla filled with ground beef or chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream. And, if you’re looking to switch things up, there’s always their tortas, tostadas, quesadillas, and more.
And there you have it! Eight restaurants worthy of quite a few taco runs during the holidays season. We’ll see you in Sanford!