Mixteca, in Durham, offers diners a clean and modern interpretation on classic Mexican cuisine, serving its delectable fare in a warm and rustic setting. The unique and smoky bacon guacamole, served with tortilla chips, makes an excellent starter option. Some of Mixteca's specialty entrée dishes include the pulled pork taquitos, the chipotle chicken quesadillas, the chicken enchiladas suiza topped with vibrant salsa verde, all of which are beautifully plated. Other popular items include the mixed taco plates, where diners can create their own taco meal, with options such as pork al pastor and beef carne asada. A weekend cocktail brunch, with your choice of entrée and bottomless sangria or mimosa is one of Mixteca's highlights.
Be sure to check out Mixteca for its daily happy hour specials from 4-6 p.m., when appetizers and signature cocktails are half price.
There aren't many options in Durham so we've been here several times while visiting our son at UNH. We made the last minute decision to visit our son on Mother's Day. The Portsmouth and Dover restaurants which accept reservations were completely booked. Mixteca was wide open and convenient. We were the only people there at lunchtime on Mother's Day. While our server was very nice, the food this time left a lot to be desired. Most of us got the $16 brunch which included sangria or mimosas. Neither were particularly good. The beans were cold, not even lukewarm. The rice was barely warm. Previously we've given this place decent reviews but this time it was a real disappointment.
Recently attended a tequila tasting and special dinner put on by Chef Shannon Bard. What a great value. Fabulous menu--lobster bisque, oysters and the best duck and venison I have ever had. On top of that we were treated to a tequila tasting (a blanco, reposada and an anejo) plus two tequila cocktails. At the end of the night, they gave us a goodie back with samples! Great evening. Chef even signed my cookbook. Mixteca is at the top of my list for restaurants in Durham. I hope to try their sister restaurant, Zapoteca, in Portland, Maine soon.
Half-price margaritas and appetizers, paired with delicious food and excellent service made for a great pre-hockey game meal. Try the chipotle chicken quesadilla, the guacamole and chips and the queso fundito with chorizo. The prickly pear and mariposa margaritas are delicious!
Knowledgeable staff regarding gluten free foods, lots of options. I had no adverse reactions at all. The rest of my group did not have to eat gluten free and they thoroughly enjoyed their food as well.
Not our first time here. The food is always excellent and the service continues to improve. Noise level depends on the bar crowd but there is a second dining area in case the main area is to vibrant. The dining options in Durham continue to improve.
Food was excellent as was the service. We were able to select from the dinner menu, although it was clearly lunch. Would dine there again.
We had dined at Mixteca's sister restaurant (Zapoteca) and had excellent food and service in a pleasant atmosphere. Granted Mixteca is in a college town but we were hoping for more than a sports bar atmosphere with dirty floors, indifferent service and mediocre food. $10 for a small (less than a cup) of guacamole? Entrees close to $20 with nothing special about the preparation or presentation. None of the imaginative and genuine Mexican food you get at Zapoteca. I don't mind paying much more for a meal but the quality has to be there. Unless you are going in to drink beer and eat nachos, give Mixteca a pass and drive to one of the many restaurants for grownups in Portsmouth.
There was a light crowd when we arrived, the service was very good. The dinner was well prepared but had cooled off by the time it hit the table.
One of the better Mexican restaurants we have been to.Excellent Margaritas and many eclectic dishes.We'll be back!
This was my second visit to Mixteca and it was just as good as the first. My friend and I arrived early for our reservation, and were accommodated immediately and we discovered that it was also the beginning of happy hour. The staff was all very helpful and knowledgable, especially Caitlin the bartender. We had a handful of assorted appetizers and margaritas and all were fantastic. I live an hour and a half away, but I look forward to going back again soon!