Monday, September 18, 2017

Fiesta de Camotes - Celebrating Sweet Potatoes at Gonza Tacos Y Tequila

One of my favorite North Raleigh places to dine is at Gonza Tacos y Tequila. Gonza Tacos y Tequila creates a twist on the traditional Mexican Restaurant with a rich Colombian influence and eclectic Dia de los Muertos theme. They have several locations throughout the Triangle including North Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh, Wake Forest, Cary and Durham. They also have a food truck that travels all around the Triangle area participating in many local events.

It's Fiesta de Camotes this month and sweet potatoes are being celebrated all September long. Several Triangle participating restaurants have created a signature dish featuring sweet potatoes and will serve it throughout the month. 

Last week I had lunch at Gonza at their North Raleigh restaurant off Leadmine Road in the Greystone Village shopping center. We started off with their Sopa de Tortilla (tortilla soup). It was amazing! I didn't want to stop eating it. Because it was so good, I am going to try making it at home! One of the main ingredients in the soup is the sweet potato which gives it a nice creamy texture. Not only are sweet potatoes delicious they are also healthy! Sweet potatoes are full of Vitamins A and C, fiber, manganese and antioxidants (eating the skin provides even more nutrients). Additional ingredients in the tortilla soup include chicken, bell peppers, onion, chipotle in adobo and cilantro.  Topped with queso fresco and avocado, it's a great comfort food for Fall and Winter. If you are interested in making the soup, the recipe from Gonza is available online.

Friday's lunch at Gonza included delicious vegetarian tacos and mahi tacos, guacamole/chips and we even had room for their amazing Talega de Plantano dessert! You can also enjoy outside patio dining at most of their locations which is perfect as we head into cooler Fall weather.

The tortilla soup featuring sweet potatoes will be featured on Gonza Tacos y Tequila's menu throughout September, a month long celebration of sweet potatoes called “Fiesta de Camotes.” Translated to “Celebrating Sweet Potatoes,” Fiesta de Camotes highlights Hispanic restaurants and bakeries throughout North Carolina featuring sweet potatoes in a special dish.

Along with Gonza, several other Triangle area restaurants are featuring sweet potato recipes through the rest of September. Triangle area restaurants include: Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Babalu Tapas and Tacos, Sweet Arielle Bakery, Cortez Seafood & Cocktail and Centro in downtown Raleigh.

“Fiesta de Camotes” is a promotion of the NC SweetPotato Commission and was funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Vegetarian + Fish Tacos with Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Talega de Plantano

NORTH RALEIGH GONZA TACOS Y TEQUILA: 7713 Lead Mine Rd. #39 (919) 846-5478

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