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Charleston-Based Taco Boy Expands to the Mountains of Asheville

This will be the first North Carolina location for the popular Lowcountry taqueria

A plate of three tacos, next to chips and salsa.
Taco offerings from Taco Boy.
Jonathan Boncek
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

With three locations in South Carolina (Folly Beach, downtown Charleston, and Summerville), eclectic cantina Taco Boy will open its fourth store in Asheville, North Carolina. On Tuesday, December 20, the Lowcountry-based taqueria will unlock the doors at 521 Haywood Road in the West Asheville neighborhood. Taco Boy took over the space vacated by another Charleston-based restaurant Zia Taqueria, which closed in May.

Taco Boy is known for its wide range of tacos, from Baja fish to kimchi beef offerings. Restauranteur Karalee Nielsen Fallert opened the first Taco Boy at Folly Beach in 2006, and it was a quick hit with locals for its margaritas, queso, and a fun atmosphere. The Asheville food menu will be the same, with corn tortillas made in-house and a new beverage menu from local mixologist Maty Hollingsworth.

Once open, the restaurant will serve daily lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends. A second Asheville Taco Boy is already planned to open in Biltmore Park next summer.