Chido Taco

McNeal Point 2330 Bale Street Raleigh, NC 

The restaurant is described as a “Mercado Style Taqueria” and as you can see in the photos they certainly got the vibe right! 

When we saw the menu we were intrigued by authentically named Mexican dishes each with with an apt description .

Mal Del Puerco such as Slow-roasted Pork/Salsa Verde Cruda/Avocado/Radishes/Grilled Onions. 

We opted to try two items one from the small plates menu, the Esquites which is a corn like salad and the other from the Taco menu, the Taco Callejeros. These are tortillas filled with shredded beef, onions and cilantro.

You order at the counter and are handed a buzzer.

Many people prefer a more formal dining experience, but I always think that as long as the food is good I am happy to find my own seat and select my own flatware. The seating options and decor were fun, it almost transformed my experience into being on vacation somewhere in Mexico. We made our way to the bar area in the back of the restaurant to sit and wait for our food.

 

This was not your average bar experience.

We were greeted by two friendly bartenders who made us each an authentic drink. I tried a Michelada made with Clamato Juice served in a salt-rimmed paper cup with a paper straw. My husband had a Margarita made from fresh-squeezed juice and Anejo Tequila served in a glass rimmed with black salt and garnished with a slice of dehydrated lime.

The hot food was made promptly, I was happy to see the tortillas were made fresh.

The person who recommended Chido Taco instructed us to try the Esquites. This was my first time ever trying it, the only way to describe this dish is like a vegetarian corn salad with mayonnaise dressing. I was not a fan. This had nothing to do with the restaurant, just more of a preference of taste thing. I did not care for their tortilla chips either as they were thick and not salty. I am a fan of those paper-thin tortilla chips served at another popular restaurant chain. Our buzzer went off so that we could pick up the rest of our order. We also ordered the 2 Taco Callejeros Bistec (Steak) for $5.00. The hot food was made promptly. I was happy to see the tortillas for the tacos were made fresh. Our meal was handed to me on a metal baking sheet tray and I made my way to the condiment cart to dress my tacos.

I was excited to see some freshly cooked whole green peppers.

The condiment cart had many salsa selections, Verde, Pico de gallo, and of course traditional. I was excited to see some freshly chopped cilantro and cooked whole green peppers. When I was seated back at the bar, I inquired about the heat index of the pepper before trying it. The bartender warned me it was very hot and offered me salt and lime to put on the pepper. My first bite was very pleasant, but as I reached the seeds, I fully understood the heat factor. I was told that next time I should cut the pepper open and remove the seeds if I wanted a more pleasant experience. I will definitely try them again.

The tacos had a hearty portion of steak in them

The tacos were soft, warm and delicious. They had a hearty portion of steak in them, although it was a bit tough. Next time I will try the carnitas or the chicken instead. There will be a next time for me. 

2024 Update

Fast forward a few years and it is easy to see that Chido Taco has made a lot of people happy. They have opened two locations since we first visited them . One in Downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville St and the other in Cary on Cary Parkway.  We will let you know our findings at these other locations after we visit. 

Their hours are:
Mon-Thurs 11AM-8PM
Fri-Sat 11AM-9PM
Sun 11AM-8PM

On a totally separate note we have visited Mexico twice since being here and can a test to the authentic flavors of their food. I still love a Michelada or as the bartender in MX called it an Oha-Roja.

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