October 18, 2013 Zia Taqueria reviews Sweet-and-Sour Fire October 18, 2013 Zia Taqueria reviews While some City Paper staffers swear by Zia Taqueria’s torta — the bread’s killer — the beef barbacoa plate is not to be missed. The beef is tender, spicy, surprisingly tangy, and comes in a massive mound. If you play your cards right and scarf down more than your fair share of chips and salsa, you can easily have enough leftover for lunch the next day. That task will be made all the easier thanks to your choice of two sides; we recommend the borracho beans (pinto beans simmered with garlic, onion, carnitas, tomato, cilantro and Negra Modelo) and the Mexi-slaw (cabbage, green onion, and cilantro with a tangy dressing). And if you want to experience some heat, you’re going to love the pickled jalapeño relish on the side. It’s like sweet-and-sour fire. — Chris Haire, Charleston City Paper “Zia’s tremendous platter of spicy and tender barbacoa”Photo: Jonathan Boncek, Charleston City Paper Zia Taqueria Zia is an authentic Mexican taqueria providing high-quality, moderately-priced, regional Mexican food and beverage using only natural ingredients.