Zia Taqueria

Zia Taqueria is a nomz Mexican restaurant off Haywood Road in West Asheville, a pueblos throw from the freeway. (I think that means “a stones throw” in Spanish.) 


I’d been following Zia Taqueria on their IG for a bit, and was interested in their vegan night on Tuesday, but was really craving me some Mexican food on the weekend, so decided to make a trip into Asheville and check them out. Their website boasts that they use only natural ingredients, so naturally - I was sold. 

They’ve got a huge parking lot, so you can park your mucho grande truck and take up two spots with out worrying about some old lady in a Prius leaving you a nasty gram. 

If you decide to sit outside - you order inside and take a number. Inside seating is full service- take a seat wherever you like and they’ll bring you a menu. 



Both the inside and outside of Zia Taqueria is super cute, totally reminiscent of Mexico, the building itself looks like something you’d see in an authentic Pueblo. 




They’ll bring chips to start, with both mild and spicy salsa. I managed to get salsa all over my phone and face simultaneously. The chips are nomz, fresh and crunchy- and you can order guac on the side if that’s your thing. 



The day I went the drink on special was a $5 House Margarita, so I ordered 5. 

Just kidding, I ordered one. 



The server lady was nice & attentive enough to ask if I wanted my margarita with or without salt. When I was waiting tables I wouldn’t ask what people preferred, but rather just bring them one with salt, and if they didn’t like it - I would pretend I didn’t speak English and walk away. 

They also have a large selection of local and Mexican beer, fresh mint lemonade, and Mexican coke. 

Although I’d been eyeing their vegan options for a while on their IG, to eat; I ordered a Shrimp Portobello Mushroom Quesadilla filled with queso and caramelized onions. 

The quesadilla not only looked super tasty, it actually *was* super delish, and came with a little side plate of sour cream and guac that were the perfect consistency - which made dipping super simple. The side plate also included pickled jalapeños, onions, and peppers that were just the right amount of spicy. 



The quesadilla itself was filled to the brim with fresh mushrooms and ample shrimp. The mushrooms had a slight spicy - yet sweet taste to them and the shrimp were seasoned to perfection- hands down one of the best quesadillas I’ve ever had. 



Although Zia Taqueria was delish; eventually I had to high tail it because I was having an allergic reaction to some soap my brother sent me off Amazon. My lips were starting to swell up and I was beginning to look like a sea cow, so I got some foil for my food to go.

Viva Mexico!


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