Superica opens May 21 in South End. Here’s your first look at Charlotte’s new favorite Tex-Mex fix

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Superica, an Atlanta-based Tex-Mex restaurant with locations in Buckhead and Krog Street Market, will open in Charlotte next week.

It’s located in South End in a sprawling 7,000-square-foot space at the Design Center and is part of a larger wave of change coming to that block, including Barcelona Wine Bar and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Basically I live there now.

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The space is gorgeous with an entrance in Nebel Alley and a courtyard patio.

There are three main seating areas — the bar, the main dining room and the outdoor patio.

The menu is stacked with classic Tex-Mex cuisine — from fresh ceviche to cheesy enchiladas.

They don’t want to call it elevated, and while I realize they’re aiming for unpretentious approachability, there’s no other way to say it — Superica’s food is refined. It’s still casual Southwestern comfort food, but it’s on another level.

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Here’s a look at a few dishes to get you motivated about opening day on May 21:

Gulf shrimp and snapper ceviche ($16) – Agua chile tostada, smoked jalapeño and escabeche

Steak fajita nachos ($16) – grilled steak on bean and cheese nachos with jalapeños, guacamole and sour cream

El Lopez ($18) – combination platter with two cheese enchiladas, guacamole salad, crispy beef taco and a chili con queso puff

Vegetable fajitas ($13) – mixed vegetables, including mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet potato, poblano pepper, sweet corn and smoked tomatillo sauce served with housemade tortillas

Roasted whole Gulf red snapper (Mkt) – on the bone with avocado and tomatillo salsa

Cocktails are priced $10 – $12 and are made with fresh squeezed juices.

Check out the Red Headed Stranger ($10) with Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka, Campari and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

There’s also a frozen slushie of the day (market price) that will no doubt be popular this summer.

Superica is located at at 101 W. Worthington Avenue.

Look for an opening on May 21, pending liquor license approval.

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