By Kristen Margo Daukas
Thanks to The Streatery in Winston-Salem, those who took advantage of the opportunity to support our downtown restaurants by dining outside, for the first time in months life seemed almost normal for everyone. But here we are already staring at the incoming cooler weather. This bizarre year has left us all with a warped sense of time and summer feels like it was eons ago and just yesterday at the same time. I’m not sure about you, but I’m not ready to hibernate again this soon… I want the warm, sunny days to continue. I want to keep supporting our local businesses and restaurants. I want to keep hearing laughter – even if it’s muffled by our ever-present masks. Whatever it takes, I want to hold on to the bold and beautiful colors and flavors that only Summer knows how to give us! But since I cannot stop time, I’ll have to find a way to recreate those things and I know just the spot to do that. Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina located in downtown Winston-alem on 4th Street!
It is nearly impossible to step foot into Xcaret and not immediately feel happy and warm. It’s as though you’ve left Winston and stepped onto a resort in Mexico. The colors are wild and vibrant, the decor is authentic, and the music makes you want to dance! Xcaret opened its doors in 2017 and guests have been coming back for the warm and vibrant atmosphere and outstanding hospitality since then.
Diners have come to love the truly authentic menu that has a wide variety of options to choose from. Crowd favorites include the A.C.P. which is grilled chicken with cheese dip served with rice (personal note – for som
e reason this is the go-to dish for my daughters they love it so much). Also, the A.C.T. which is the same dish as above but also includes shrimp and steak in addition to the chicken. A dish that is gaining in popularity is the Molcajete which is your choice of chicken, steak, shrimp, or chorizo and served with rice, beans pico de gallo, avocado, and 2 tortillas. Vegetarians actually have a good amount of items to choose from which is always a great thing to see. Their tortillas are made from scratch daily and they only use the freshest of ingredients to make their creative dishes!
Obviously, you can’t have the full authentic vibe of a Mexican Cantina without the libations to go with it! With a fully stocked bar and an impressive selection of liquors, you will only be limited by your creativity to have the cocktail of your dreams. If you can’t come up with anything on your own, pick one of the many craft recipes from their drink menu. If you like mojitos, definitely give their Mexican Mojito a try. It’s made with 1800 Silver Tequila and is muddled with lime juice, mint leaves, Cointreau, Agave Nectar & a splash of
club soda. Want to keep it traditional? By far one of the best margaritas you’re going to find in town is their Premium Margarita but if you’re in the mood for a martini, they’ve even got a full menu of those!!
They have different food and cocktail specials each day and every day the popular Quesabir
rias Tacos are on special for $9. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Mexican restaurant and you haven’t been yet, you need to move this restaurant to the top of your list ASAP! They are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and if you’re not comfortable dining out in person, they offer delivery thru partners such as GrubHub, Takeout Central, and Postmates as well as online ordering for pickup!
XCARET Mexican Grill & Cantina
202 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC