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Hijole Arturo’s! Let’s Eat!

I participate in the Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew and receive perks which allow me to dine with a discount at the restaurant of my choice.

As much as I love Mexican food, I hardly ever go to Mexican restaurants. They just don’t auto-pop in my mind when I’m thinking of places to eat, but I hit upon a superstar when I was out on a date the other night — Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant in New Bern, North Carolina.

Arturo's Mexican Restaurant New Bern

The decor was warm and inviting and I liked it instantly upon walking inside.

Arturo's Mexican Restaurant_New Bern NC

But they hooked my heart the moment they plunked down a complimentary basket of tortilla chips and salsa.

Arturo's chips and salsa

I liked those chips so much that I ordered some queso too. (Rumor has it there was also a second basket of chips involved.)

Arturo's chips and queso

One thing I love about Mexican restaurants is that it’s super easy to find vegetarian options, and even though I’m not a vegetarian, I eat like one a heck of a lot. So I ordered a cheese quesadilla with a side of Mexican rice.

Arturo's Cheese Quesadilla - Mexican rice

Across the table from me was one man and two plates of Mexican goodness. He ordered burritos deluxe, re-fried beans and rice.

Arturo's Burritos Deluxe
Arturo's Mexican rice and refried beans

I don’t normally rave about the food in Mexican restaurants because it’s usually good, but not worth a flip. In this case everything was outstanding. The service was also friendly, responsive and efficient. I’ll definitely hit up Arturo’s again and again.

Psssst, I’ve been search-stalking the independent restaurants on Restaurant.com lately because I’ve been having such good luck with the places I find there.

New Bern is a charming waterside community and I wanted to take a little ride over there for dinner and a stroll for date night, and that’s why I picked Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant. Of course, I used a restaurant.com gift certificate to save on the check total too.

Do you have a favorite Mexican restaurant? What’s your favorite Mexican food?

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. We eat at Mexican restaurants a lot because we can often find Gluten free options for my boys. I like the shrimp tacos on corn tortillas .

  2. I don’t eat a lot of Mexican food, but it is a nice treat to eat at a Mexican restaurant every so often. Plus, my hubby and kids love it. Arturo’s looks like a good one.

  3. everything looks so amazing i want some now~

  4. I LOVE Mexican food and I think that comes from being a West coast girl. We can drive just 4hrs to Southern California and experience the best Mexican food on the planet (even better than some I have had IN Mexico!)

  5. Okay yum!!! I need to get some of those tortillas like asap! I love.. adore Mexican cuisine.. this looks really authentic and fresh!

  6. I have a couple of favorite Mexican restaurants in my area. I love Mexican food, especially veggie fajitas.