October 4th is National Taco Day! Here’s where to find the best tacos in Atlanta.
Babalu Tacos – Located right in the heart of Midtown, Babalu is popular spot for gathering with your friends afterwork. The menu has both tacos and tapas. With nine different kinds of tacos, it can be tough to choose, but a pork belly is quite interesting, drizzled with a peanut sauce. I also love patio here.
Bartaco – There are 3 locations in Atlanta. I visited the Westside location years ago for my birthday and didn’t love it (parking, noisy). But the Buckhead location has given me a new appreciation for the beautifully decorated taco spot. It is terrific when the weather is great an allows for all the doors to be open. And, they do a great job with their outdoor space, making it seem much more secluded than you would think, given that the view is basically the parking lot. The tacos are small here (and inexpensive) but that’s a good thing. Because it leaves room for guacamole, tuna poke and dessert! I loved the shrimp, fish and Carne Asada tacos!
City Barbecue – A barbecue spot with great tacos? Yep. You gotta to try the Brisket tacos when you visit City Barbecue. The brisket is tender and low on fat. Put those pickled onions on these babies and chow down.
El Rey de Taco – This restaurant, whose name means “the king of tacos,“ can be found on Buford Highway. Come here for tasty and inexpensive tacos. Taco fillings like pork stomach, chitlins and tongue are on the menu for the adventurous eaters. However, you can “play it safe” with pork, flank steak or mushrooms and several other tacos.
Some of the best tacos in Atlanta are located outside of the Perimeter
El Taco Veloz – With locations all around Atlanta, don’t expect this spot to be high on decor. But you will find exceptional tacos here. Skip traditional lunch time or else be prepared to wait. Get the barbacoa and lengua. Wash them down with a horchata (cinnamon/milk drink).
Hankook Taqueria – Hankook opened on the Westside and is a combination of Asian and Mexican. The calamari tacos are a standout and unlike tacos you’ll find elsewhere. And items like the sesame sweet potato fries are a hit. Tip: Parking is a cluster at lunch.
La Carreta – If you find yourself in Marietta, close to the Big Chicken, try to make it over to La Carreta. Handmade tacos are filled with well-seasoned meats, many topped with a creamy avocado sauce. There’s often live music on the weekends!
The Original El Taco – This family-friendly restaurant is located in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. Get the pork cheek tacos or the smoked chicken tacos. Going with a group? Get the taco platter (five tacos, rice and beans).
Red Pepper Taqueria – There are now a handful of Red Pepper Taqueria locations throughout Atlanta. So there’s probably one not too far from where you live. The best are the shrimp and kale tacos, and you definitely need to get the cilantro rice and wash it down with a skinny margarita.
Rock ‘N Taco – There are 20 gourmet tacos to choose from, all priced between three and four bucks at this Buckhead spot. Standouts include the duck confit, roasted lamb and Mediterranean with smoked salmon, capers, goat cheese and a basil aioli. But if you love tuna poke, you are making a mistake if you don’t get at least one of these tacos.
Rreal Tacos – Adrian Villarreal’s restaurant marries his training in Le Cordon Bleu Paris with his Mexican heritage. The pork trompo (a must order) is spinning on a skewer as you enter Rreal Tacos in Midtown. You also can’t go wrong with the beef barbacoa and pork carnitas.
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Soho Cafe – This Sandy Springs establishment may not be what you think when you imagine tasty tacos, but trust me when I say you gotta try the pork belly tacos here. They are good for the soul. And you can’t leave without having some of the sweet treats they make in house.
Street Taco – Located in the newly opened Marietta Square Market, I was shocked at how good these tacos are! Not because it is OTP, I just wasn’t expecting to have something so glorious – it seems like they should have their own free standing restaurant. I don’t know which was better the Mahi Mahi taco or the skirt steak or the pork. Everything was so juicy, yet the shells remained intact too.
Tuza Taco – this new spot recently opened on Howell Mill Road in Midtown. The bright colors of Tuza will put you in a good mood no matter what. Well, that and one of their delicious margaritas! I tried several of their tacos and my favorite was the pork belly. But the Carnita and Big Fish tacos are customer favorite too!
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Taqueria del Sol – These small tacos pack a punch. And lucky for Atlantans there are locations all over the city. There are only six varieties to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with any of the choices. However, my personal favorite is the brisket. I always pair it with the shrimp and corn chowder plus a house margarita.
Teela Taqueria – though this Sandy Springs restaurant isn’t going to win awards for authenticity, it does have a fun vibe for getting a group together. Highlights are the Bang Bang Shrimp, Holy Mole Chicken and chorizo (stuffed with dates, feta cheese and bacon bits).