El Arriero Taqueria takes the concept of Fresh Mex to new heights with a uniquely traditional menu and a solid pedigree of local Mexican food experts. Owned by the Ibarra family, the founders of the local favorite El Cerro Grande, this slightly hidden gem is a popular destination for budget-friendly and freshly prepared fare for Wilmington locals in-the-know.

The eatery is slightly hidden along Market Street, and has a small but welcoming interior that boasts a sauce and salad bar for extra, fresh accoutrements. Rows of booths and tables are stationed along a stone interior wall, and seasonal outdoor tables may be available as well in the warm weather months. Expect hefty crowds during popular lunch hours, as the fare is invitingly distinctive and unique for this corner of Wilmington. Patrons can easily dive into the staples, such as tacos that are created with homemade tortillas, and which are topped with a diner’s choice of fresh veggies and cheeses, including cilantro, radishes, cucumbers, and Pico de Gallo. There’s also more unique fare, like delicious gorditas, slow cooked carnitas, and signature soups and stews that are overflowing with seafood and meats. Always a little different and distinct, El Arriero Taqueria is where savvy locals go to taste Mexican food at its freshest and most original.

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