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Hispanic-Owned Raleigh Businesses to Support During Hispanic Heritage Month

In case you didn’t know this, National Hispanic Heritage month begins on Tuesday, September 15th and ends on Thursday, October 15th. This month is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans on U.S. history, culture, and achievements. There are numerous things you can do to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, including appreciating Hispanic art, literature, music, and cuisine. But arguably, the biggest way to show your support for the Hispanic community in your area is to frequent the businesses run and founded by Hispanic locals. In a culturally rich city like Raleigh, this is a fortunately easy task.

El Toro Supermarket

3601 Junction Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603

Also known as “Taqueria El Taco,” this market sells authentic Mexican food, including burritos, tortas, gorditas, and quesadillas. Tacos start as low as $1.60 while both gorditas and sopes start at $3.19.

El Mandado Supermarket

4020 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

Ethnic products imported from Latin America, Africa, and Jamaica that you won’t find anywhere else in Raleigh. This supermercado offers fresh produce grown in local farms and bargain prices on specialty items.

Torero’s Mexican Restaurant

4721 Atlantic Ave #101, Raleigh, NC 27604

Traditional Mexican Dishes prepared and served by Torero’s courteous and welcoming staff. Their menu includes a delicious variety of Mexican classics, along with seafood specialties and vegetarian dishes.

Los Cuates

4524 Old Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

Located in North Market Square’s strip-mall, Los Cuates serves up Mexican cuisine in a pleasantly, casual environment. Their menu includes local Mexican favorites like fajitas, enchiladas, tostadas, tacos, and burritos. Mexican juices, known as aguas frescas, are also served here.

La Tapatia

1700 St Albans Dr, Raleigh, NC 27609

Though small, this Mexican supermarket offers everything you would need for Hispanic dishes and other daily necessities. The staff is friendly, the service is nice, and the meat has been repeatedly praised by customers for its freshness.

La Mexicana Supermarket

3922 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604

While this supermarket is by no means the fanciest in the area, it has all the Latino products and tacos you could ever need. As long as you don’t expect any big brand name products, your trip here should be quite fulfilling.

Don Juan Food Market

4005 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

Though small, this Mexican supermarket offers everything you would need for Hispanic dishes and other daily necessities. The staff is friendly, the service is nice, and the meat has been repeatedly praised by customers for its freshness.

El Ranchito

3110 New Bern Ave #112, Raleigh, NC 27610

This food market boasts amazing produce, a welcoming and informative staff, and some of the best Mexican/Tex-Mex in the area. This Grocery Store or “Tienda de Abarrotes” offers money transfers, refills, fruits, vegetables, and medicine.

Tacos Y Mariscos Vallarta

3177 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

This Mexican restaurant normally provides live Mariachi music on the weekends from 10pm till closing, karaoke on Mondays and Tuesdays, and The Three Amigos at night from Wednesday to Sunday. Delicious dinner meals served in huge portions along with great service and a social environment.


 2130 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605

Caribbean dishes and Latin street fare are the specialty at this Cameron Village dinery. This ‘cocina latina’ focuses on the islands and Americas south of our border (south of the tropic of cancer.) Soca is also a famous Caribbean music style, so you can expect some truly authentic exotic flavors seven nights a week.

El Paseo Restaurant

3027 Capital Blvd #113, Raleigh, NC 27604

Located in Capital Square, this Salvadorian restaurant is known for its comfort food and small plates, serving as the perfect mid-day quick bite. Extremely flavorful menu options along with a very knowledgeable staff. Freshly made in-house cuisine offered at great prices.

Tijuana Flats

Quail Corners Shopping Center, 1310 E Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

This Tex-Mex dinery offers frequent promotions, including “Kids Eat Free” on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, “Taco Tuesdays,” and “Throwback Thursdaze.” Each dish is like a fiesta in your mouth, prepared using same-day fresh ingredients. Expect loaded nachos, chimichangas, tostadas, bowls, and flautas.

Calavera Taqueria

615 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Latin American cuisine of all kinds, including a wide assortment of tacos, nachos, barbecue sopes, tortas, wings, quesadillas, and tamales. While the menu is rather short, all their lunch and dinner options are notably economically priced.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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