New decor, same delicious Mexican food!

I love going out to lunch! When I’m in the mood for Mexican food, there is only one place to go — Zapata’s in Cornelius. The restaurant is brighter and more colorful with its new blue chairs, renovated booths, handblown glass lighting, wall colors, traditional and modern Mexican artwork.

The booths are comfortable and spacious.

The food is authentic and delicious!

I have been eating lunch at Zapata’s for several years now. The staff is always friendly and the service is quick. If you only have a short time for lunch, you can get in without feeling rushed. BUT, my favorite thing to do, is take my time. The place even when busy has a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. It’s a great place to catch up with friends and have a good meal.

The ceiling is filled with colorful handblown glass shades. It looks like a field of glowing flowers!

My favorite lunch is the Bombay Chimichanga!

Stuffed w/spinach, roasted corn, green peppers, caramelized onions, roasted jalapenos, carrots and queso fresco — this vegetarian option is so delightful, you’ll never miss the meat! (And if you aren’t feeling adventurous, there are five other chimichangas with beef, chicken, steak, or shrimp!)

Bombay Chimichanga served with rice, lettuce guacamole, sour cream, and the BEST black beans I have ever tasted!
Fajita Chimichanga – Filled with fajita style chicken and melted cheddar cheese, then topped with cheese dip. Served with guacamole and sour cream. My friend Jo said it was delicious!

There are 3 locations in the Charlotte metropolitan area

Lake Norman (Cornelius) is my favorite local spot. There is also a location in Ballantyne and University Plaza.

The newly redecorated bar area at Zapata’s.

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Review and photos by Ellen Stafford
Ellen Stafford

Ellen H Stafford is the managing editor for Making and eating delicious food is one of her favorite pastimes! She also loves great conversation with family and friends.

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Click on the image above to see LKNConnect’s Guide to Mexican Cuisine in Lake Norman.