Taking over what was once the La Paz space in Vinings is Guaco Joe’s. They are part of the restaurant group that owns Einstein’s and Cowtippers in Midtown and Hudson Grille. Judging by the name, I would have thought it to be just another ordinary Mexican restaurant and skipped over it, but I’m glad I tried it, as I was pleasantly surprised.
I’ve been very conscious about calories from drinks lately. Given the choice, I’d much rather eat my calories than drink them. But I decided to indulge in a Peach Jalapeno margarita. Although it was strong and you could feel the heat of the Jalapeno, the sugar was overpowering. If they eased up on the sugar, this would be a much more stellar cocktail.
As for the appetizers, a Ceviche was average, but the guacamole was tasty and flavorful. Though we went with the Santa Cruz, a special mixture with peppers, corn and black beans, I’m sure I’d have enjoyed the traditional, unadulterated version as much. Like your guac spicy? Order the habanero version.
In addition to an order of Guacamole at Guaco Joe’s, you’re doing it wrong if you don’t get the Chipotle Hearts of Palm salad. It isn’t spicy, but there is a delicious cilantro vinaigrette dressing to top it off with. The salad is huge, making for a fabulous, filing vegetarian lunch. And if you or your dining partner have Gluten restrictions, Guaco Joe’s has lots of gluten free items on their menu. In fact, I counted more than 20 gluten free menu items at Guaco Joe’s.
For entrees, get the Seafood Bossa Nova, a signature menu item at Guaco Joe’s with delicious shrimp and crab over lightly fried salmon. The portion is huge and oh so filling. Another seafood standout is the Shrimp Poblano. Large shrimp are served in a spicy sauce and this is served over a vegetable quesadilla stuffed with peppers, onions, squash, zucchini and grilled corn. Can you believe both of these items are gluten free?
I couldn’t resist a side of the Spicy Mac and Cheese. It was creamy and indulgent as promised, albeit lacking in the Chorizo as the menu says. There’s so much more I want to go back and try at Guaco Joe’s like the Tequila Shrimp quesadilla served in a tomato basil tortilla or the Tamarind Chipotle Chicken Burrito or the tamales made in house! Tip: Did you know? Guaco Joe’s has a late night menu from 10 pm until close featuring specials from just $2 to $4.
After such a large meal, I would normally have skipped dessert, but the Tequila Lime Mousse was calling my name. Guaco Joe’s has struck the perfect balance between tart lime, sweetness and a touch of tequila!
Guaco Joe’s website
2950 New Paces Ferry Rd
Atlanta, GA 30339
Disclosure: My meal at Guaco Joe’s was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.