A regular commenter tipped us off to Carolina’s Mexican and Comforting American (3500 N Roxboro Rd) opening up in Golden Spoon’s old location. We tried it, and it is pretty crazy. It has a serious identity crisis (in a good way). Think Honey’s meets Tex-Mex meets a very authentic taqueria. The menu includes breakfast sandwiches, omelets, burgers, chicken wings, cheese steaks, tacos, breakfast burritos, enchiladas, and a page full of house specialties. The reason for the multiple personality disorder is that the new owners have retained the old Golden Spoon chef.
As might be expected from a place with so many offerings, nothing we had was fantastic, but it was all good. If you can’t quite decide what you are in the mood for, this is the place for you.
This is a chicken tamale and a mixed (cheese, bean, pork) pupusa. The tamale was quite good — a little dry, but the flavor and spice were excellent. The pupusa was thicker than most I have had. I think the beans were too much, and next time I would order just cheese and pork, which I suspect would make it well above average.
This is the carne asada chimichanga, and it was good but not excellent.
I can’t remember the name of this dish, but it was the goat special. It was the most interesting dish, and tasted more like Indian than Mexican. I am glad I tried it, but I am not sure I would recommend it.
Sometimes indecisiveness or picky dining companions create a need for a restaurant with a very diverse menu, and Carolina’s certainly fits the bill. This is a welcome addition to North Durham and I will definitely go back.
Breakfast menu only served until 2pm.