Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Four new fast-casual restaurants to try in Leland

(Clockwise from top left) Chingōn Taqueria, Islands Fresh Mex Grill, Chik-fil-A, and Mr. Bagel Meister are all new restaurants for Leland-area residents to try. (Port City Daily photos/Johanna Ferebee)

LELAND — There’s no shortage of new fast-casual options in the growing Town of Leland.

The town’s long-awaited Chik-fil-A will open next week as the first official tenant in the Leland Town Center.

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Newcomers have also taken the place of shuttered restaurants in existing spaces, including: Chingōn Taqueria in Ocean Gate Plaza (formerly Hibachi Bistro), Mr. Bagel Meister in Westgate (formerly Empire Bagel and Deli), and Islands Fresh Mex Grill in Waterford (formerly Gusto Grill).

All three recently opened in Leland and all have some local roots (as opposed to the chain powerhouse, Chik-fil-A). Chingon Taqueria is owned by the same folks that brought Leland Papi’s Chicken, Mr. Bagel Meister got its start in Wilmington and anticipates expanding out-of-state soon, and Islands Fresh Mex Grill also starting in Wilmington, with Leland serving as its fourth location.

Here are the basics on Leland’s new fast-casual options:


Opens: Dec. 5 (Location offering free Chik-fil-A for the year for the first 100 people in line)

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Menu: Chicken sandwiches, nuggets, etc. (view full menu)

Location: Leland Town Center

Keep up with local announcements and offers on Leland Town Center’s Chik-Fil-A’s Facebook page.

Chingōn Taqueria

Opened: Oct. 21

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Menu: Tacos, burritos, tortas, margaritas, and more (view full menu)

Location: Ocean Gate Plaza

Keep up with local announcements and offers on Chingōn Taqueria’s Facebook page.

Mr. Bagel Meister

Opened: Nov. 1

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day

Menu: Bagels, breakfast sandwiches (view menu, local specials available in-store only)

Location: Westgate

Keep up with local announcements and offers on Mr. Bagel Meister’s Facebook page.

Islands Fresh-Mex Grill

Opened: Nov. 14

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day

Menu: Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more (view full menu)

Location: Waterford

Keep up with local announcements and offers on Islands Fresh-Mex Grill’s Facebook page.

Send tips and comments to Johanna Ferebee at johanna@localvoicemedia.com

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