5 new Atlanta taco eating places

5 new Atlanta taco eating places

Chamblee’s historic downtown is turning into as a lot a treasure trove for eating as it’s for antiques. The newest hotspot is Antiguo Lobo, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar by restaurateur Jesús Oñate Jr. (Monterrey in Marietta, Zapata in Norcross and Taqueria on Broad in 5 Factors).

Whereas there’s greater than tacos on this multiregional Mexican menu, tacos alone give motive to face in line for a seat inside this edgy, bold-on-black industrial inside.

Right here, tacos get an artisanal contact; tortillas are house-made from heirloom Oaxacan blue corn.

Attempt the pollo. They arrive with avocado slices and a drizzle of crema, bringing cool distinction to the spice of the adobado hen.

The pescado taco from Antiguo Lobo features breaded mahi-mahi, and is a standout among the tacos on the menu. (Chris Hunt for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Credit score: Chris Hunt

One other standout is the pescado — breaded, frivolously fried mahi-mahi with an avocado salsa and pickled purple onion and purple cabbage for crunch.

The actual winner, although, is the birria: Tremendous juicy, fantastically seasoned brisket is dipped within the consommé and completed on the griddle for a fantastic crisp.

Birria tacos from Antiguo Lobo are a flavor sensation featuring juicy braised brisket inside corn tortillas that have been dipped in meaty consommé then griddled. For a full meal, order the birria plate that brings two tacos, rice and Mexican charro beans. (Ligaya Figueras / ligaya.figueras@ajc.com)

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A hibiscus taco introduced distinctive floral notes, however toppings of refried beans and avocado made it mushy. Vegan chorizo holds the feel and oiliness of actual meat; flavorwise, it lacked the spice.

Tacos are $4.50 a bit. Order a plate ($12-$14) and also you’ll get dos tacos plus rice and soupy frijoles charros.

If you’re nostalgic for Taco Bell or El Paso at residence, take into account Tacos Duros: a few hard-shell tacos full of floor beef, and beans and rice on the aspect. 5370 Peachtree Highway, Chamblee. 470-385-6502, antiguolobo.com.

— Ligaya Figueras

Piri-piri taco from Justacos. / Courtesy of Justacos


JenChan’s began as a supper membership, adopted by a brick-and-mortar house in Cabbagetown six months earlier than the pandemic. Already within the kitchen for daytime prep, Emily Chan (who owns the restaurant together with her spouse, Jen) determined a taco pop-up can be a wise approach to optimize her time.

So, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, JenChan’s Justacos provides a dozen gourmand tacos for dine in, takeout or supply. Many are Asian influenced (Mongolian beef, kung pao hen, Vietnamese pork), and there’s even a Taco Bell riff with spicy floor beef in a tough shell.

I discovered the fried oyster, hoisin Boston butt and brief rib tacos only a tad uneven, however the Taco Bell-inspired Justaco was impressed. And massive ups to the loaded nachos and the ginger margaritas, that are poured into sturdy plastic luggage for sipping on the fly. 186 Carroll St. SE, Atlanta. 404-549-9843, justacosatl.com.

— Wendell Brock

Pretty Little Tacos started as a food truck and recently opened at Politan Row food hall in Colony Square. (Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit score: Wendell Brock

Credit score: Wendell Brock

Fairly Little Tacos

Michaela Merrick’s cute little stall in Colony Sq.’s new Politan Row meals corridor serves plates of juicy birria tacos with consommé, a la carte tacos with out the dipping broth, bowls of ramen within the consommé, and easy nachos and sides.

Birria ramen is new to me, so I simply had to do this multi-culti mashup. I selected the meat model, on the spicy warmth stage, and had no bother slurping it down, even on a scorching day beneath the shade of the inviting coated patio outdoors Colony Sq., the place a spherical of drag bingo was simply getting underway.

A feast from Pretty Little Tacos: (clockwise starting from the left) spicy birria ramen with steak, chicken nachos and a Creole cauliflower and steak taco. (Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Credit score: Wendell Brock

On the taco aspect, I loved the Creole fried cauliflower and the OG steak, although I really feel like I must return for a plate of these queso-style birria tacos, which are available nontraditional vegan, hen, shrimp, salmon and oxtail iterations, in addition to steak. Hen nachos and a cup of queso (the kitchen was out of guac) accomplished the feast.

You could buy an grownup beverage at Politan Row’s communal bar. The expertise comes with two hours of free parking within the Colony Sq. deck. (Get your ticket validated on the concierge desk.) 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-228-7941, no web site.

— W.B.

Tacos 1989 in Buford specializes in street tacos, such as birria (top), lengua (bottom left) and carnitas (bottom right). (Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Tacos 1989

Although it shares a constructing with a Shell station, this Buford newcomer goals for a slicker expertise than your run-of-the-mill gasoline station taqueria. It has a Waffle Home-style flat high, a Krystal-red design scheme and specialty tacos within the $3.89-$7.89 value vary.

I targeted on the so-called calle (avenue) tacos: basic Mexican avenue fare that opts for succulent meats with easy garnishes. I used to be fairly taken with my juicy lengua, carnitas and birria tacos, made with comfortable corn tortillas and sprinkled with chopped onion, cilantro, avocado salsa and salsa picante.

The choncho — a plate of beans and rice with alternative of 1 meat (lamb barbacoa, for me) — is inbuilt layers, like a bowl, somewhat than scooped out into particular person compartments. It comes with tortillas and is an effective dish to take out and eat later, although the $14.89 price ticket appears somewhat excessive.

My $14.89 coctel de camarón was fantastic, if not precisely a visit to Puerto Vallarta in a glass. The sauce was only a bit on the candy aspect, although now that I look again on the menu, it does promote itself as “shrimp & veggies in candy sauce.” Perhaps ask for further lime and scorching sauce; then scoop it up with the snappy exhausting tortillas that come on the aspect. Keep away from the treacly, commercial-tasting horchata. 2525 Hamilton Mill Highway, Buford. 678-889-2317, tacos1989.com.

— W.B.

Velvet Taco offers more than 20 tacos that feature flavor combinations inspired by international cuisines. (Ligaya Figueras / ligaya.figueras@ajc.com)

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Velvet Taco

Taco traditionalists could scoff at Velvet Taco, the now decade-old idea that stuffs flour tortillas with all method of worldwide taste mixtures. Its first Atlanta location debuted in Buckhead in 2019. A second opened in June on the new Interlock multiuse improvement in West Midtown.

Don’t count on critical tacos at this fast-casual, counter-service eatery (the tortilla for the hen and waffle rendition will get pressed in a waffle iron for seems). Do count on critical taste — and beneficiant filling.

Whereas sitting within the breezeway of the latest Velvet Taco, I relished the lingering warmth from the Nashville Sizzling Tofu. It will get marks for fried crispness rounded out with Napa slaw, pickles and a ranch-flavored crema.

Velvet Taco offers indoor dining as well as outdoor seating on a covered patio breezeway that connects shops at the Interlock. (Ligaya Figueras / ligaya.figueras@ajc.com)

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In truth, of all of the tacos I attempted, ones within the vegetarian class packed probably the most shock. I’m taking a look at you, No. 5: an Indian-inspired handheld of fried paneer, tomato chutney, tikka sauce, raita crema and Thai basil.

Ranging in value from $4.25 to $5.75, there are all the time 20 tacos within the rotation at this United Nations of Tacos, together with a weekly particular. Upcoming flavors embrace cornmeal fried oysters, grilled Mediterranean flank steak, and crispy calamari. 1115 Howell Mill Highway, Atlanta. 470-485-8557, velvettaco.com.

— L.F.

Extra new metro Atlanta taco spots to strive



Chef Smokey’s

Beto’s Tacos

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