#132 of 86 Asheville Restaurants

Zia Taqueria Asheville

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Zia Taqueria - Gourmet Tex-Mex and Good Drinks
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Far from Texas and Mexico, Zia Taqueria serves up gourmet Tex-Mex that’s captured the attention of Asheville. The award-winning establishment fills tortillas with both classic and creative combinations, and offers a selection of beers and margaritas for washing everything down.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Zia Taqueria serves gourmet Mexican, Tex-Mex and New Mexican fare in the heart of Asheville. The classic and creative combinations are beloved by both Tex-Mex novices and those who can distinguish the finer points of a red enchilada sauce, and the beers and margaritas are a great complement to any of the menu items.

The food menu here features dishes from Mexico, Texas and New Mexico (which all have distinct foods), and you’ll find well-known favorites including Tacos, Enchiladas and Tortas. These can be filled with a traditional selection, like Beef Barbacoa (braised beef), Pastor (pork) and Carnitas (shredded pork), or less-standard stuffings. Some of the less-standard choices are Nopales (prickly pear cactus), Jackfruit, Portabello Mushrooms and Sauteed Shrimp, and many of these appeal to vegetarians.

Brunch is also available on select days, with the brunch menu featuring similarly regional selections. Most brunch items, like the Huevos Rancheros and Chorizo & Egg Taco, are made with eggs. The few brunch menu selections that don’t have eggs are usually adult drinks, such as a Frozen Screwdriver or Bloody Mary.

Should you be unsure of what any food item is, there’s a glossary at the beginning of the menu that explains everything or feel free to ask a server.

For non-brunch beverages, the main choices are beers and margaritas. A few wines, other cocktails and sodas are also available, though.

When you’re ready for a break from standard Southern food and barbecue, take everyone to Zia Taqueria for some dishes from the Southwest (and Mexico). The extensive menu has something for everyone, and the relaxed atmosphere makes families and people of all ages feel welcome.

A few of our menu favorites at Zia Taqueria include:

Enchilada Platter
Select your filling and pick two sides, then make the personal decision of whether to get red or green sauce. Both are made to perfection and taste great on the enchiladas. Enchiladas are available individually by themselves, but the platter ensures you don’t go home hungry.

Napoles Tacos
For a fresh vegetarian option, go with the Napoles Tacos. Even if you aren’t vegetarian, the prickly pear cactus is topped with a medley of greens, roasted corn, pickled onions, avocado, queso fresco and chipotle sauce that delights the tastebuds.

Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo
Huevos Rancheros is a common Tex-Mex breakfast that includes tostada shells, refried beans, cilantro and eggs that get adorned with pico de gallo (a salsa), crema sauce and cheese. Adding the housemade chorizo sausage which is optional makes this breakfast even bigger and better.

Tres Leches Cake
If you’ve never tried a Tres Leches Cake, indulge and enjoy. The classic is a white cake that’s soaked in three different milks (often heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk). Zia Taqueria makes it even more enticing by using chocolate cake and adding brandy whipped cream icing.

Zia Rita
The house margarita is made with tequila blanco, triple sec and a fresh-made margarita mix. Order it frozen or on the rocks — it’s refreshing either way.

Insider Tips:
– Zia Taqueria doesn’t offer full table service. Instead, you order at the counter, pay and grab your drinks before sitting. While this may be a detractor if you’re on a romantic date, it creates an atmosphere that’s perfect for kids.
– The outdoor seating is plentiful and dog-friendly. Bring your pooch along during fair weather, and let him have a little taco.