Zapoteca Restaurante y Tequilería set to open in Durham
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 16:02
Many restaurants have taken residence in downtown Durham over the past few years, and on March 4, a new, authentic Mexican restaurant will join the diverse array of downtown eateries. Zapoteca Restaurante y Tequileria is opening on Jenkins Court, across from Jenkins Quality Goods.
According to its Twitter page, the traditional Mexican restaurant has “bold flavors with a rustic, modern flair.”
The restaurant, which will serve lunch, brunch and dinner, originally opened in Portland, Maine. Durham will be the restaurant’s second location.
“Our traditional cuisine is unlike any other Mexican restaurant you have eaten at,” said restaurant manager Sergio Ramos. “We use fresh ingredients from many local farms and cook as if we were serving in Mexico.”
A fan-favorite dish is the Enchiladas de Puerco, which is oven roasted enchiladas with adobo glazed pork, sweet caramelized onions and local artisan Monterey Jack cheese with a tomato habañ ero sauce, Mexican crema, Yucatan pickled red onions, black beans, and salad. The restaurant has a large menu, which features dishes from slow roasted ribs to fresh green salads.
Its unique signature cocktails are also something to pay attention to. It has the largest selection of tequila in Maine, only serving 10 percent certified blue agave tequila. Also an interesting drink to sip would be its el pepino, a cool and spicy drink with silver tequila, premium orange liqueur, cucumber slices, and jalapeños.
When asked how Zapoteca would appeal to students, Ramos said, “It’s traditional, a fun atmosphere, accessible, and priced wisely.”
“I’m excited for the opening of Zapoteca because we don’t really have authentic Mexican food around,” said UNH sophomore Katelyn Monroe. “I want to try the ensalada de avocado frita, because I’m a vegetarian and the avocado and cilantro sound delicious.”
With the restaurant opening on March 4, Jenkins Court and the rest of Durham will be able to try a taste of Mexico.