Mexican favorites get reincarnated: Restaurant Puebla and La Carreta get settled in new locations

Welcome back, Restaurant Puebla. The Mexican eatery left its Swannanoa location last spring, even though some of its customers despaired. “Please don’t leave,” one Facebook user lamented. “You are the best part of Swannanoa!”

Now, fans of the restaurant can get the dishes from the eponymous Puebla region of Mexico at 1056 Patton Ave., near Octopus Garden and Margarita’s Town. Think cemitas poblanas (sandwiches served on a thick roll) and enchiladas with tomatillo sauce in addition to standards, such as tacos and burritos.

Restaurant Peubla opens daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 232-3787.

La Carreta also reopened recently. The business moved from its Merrimon Avenue location, now demolished as part of the impending Trader Joe’s development, to 61 Weaver Blvd. in the Weaverville Crossing Shopping Center. The building has been upfit for a Mexican restaurant, complete with arched seating alcoves and brightly painted walls. There’s also a recessed patio.

The new incarnation of La Carreta is exactly the same as the Merrimon Avenue spot, the staff says. The only difference is an expanded menu for 2013 that includes more salads, tortas (sandwiches), chicken wings and a cream sauce preparation. La Carreta is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. For more information, call 658-6990.

La Carreta has another location at 1916 Hendersonville Road.

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