A Single Word: Outstanding

Really, a critique could be accomplished in a single word: outstanding. When it comes to Tex-Mex, words like ‘fresh,’ ‘traditional,’ and ‘authentic’ are tossed around like so many jumping beans. Once in a while, the descriptions are actually true.
Here, it’s practically a religion. Even the garnishes are given solemn attention: the jalapeño relish is a simpatico blend of sweet and spicy, starred with whole garlic cloves, and the standard pico de gallo is anything but. Its bright tang, as with so many other items on Zia Taqueria’s menu, begs the query: ‘What is that I’m tasting?’
Flavors are delicate. They revolve; they surprise. The owners’ search for rare spices and peppers succeeds many times over, from the savory dry rub on the Beef Barbacoa plate to the achiote-guajillo glaze on the Pastor (pork with pineapple) tacos.
— Blaise Covert, Bold Life
Robert and Kevin at Zia Asheville Photo: Bold Life Magazine

Robert and Kevin at Zia Asheville
Photo: Bold Life Magazine

Zia Taqueria

Zia is an authentic Mexican taqueria providing high-quality, moderately-priced, regional Mexican food and beverage using only natural ingredients.