15 Mexican Restaurants in Atlanta to Spice Up Your Dining
Diving right in to the best Mexican restaurants that are serving irresistible dishes that you just can't afford to miss in Atlanta.
So you are looking for a great Mexican restaurant, with delicious food, superb service, and a comfy, cozy atmosphere? Look no further, you are finally in the right spot. In this list, we will be taking a deeper look at some of the most popular Mexican spots serving amazing, palate pleasing authentic Mexican food around Atlanta that locals and tourists alike simply can't get enough of.
1. Alma Cocina
Located in the downtown district, this local favorite offers signature guacamoles, cerviches, and sopas just to name a few. Customers adore the cozy atmosphere combined with the super friendly staff who are eager to explain anything you may have questions about, Alma Cocina continues serving authentic dishes hot and fresh everyday. With reasonable prices, and super fresh local ingredients, you simply can't go wrong here. Perfect for a family night out, or that special date you've been waiting all week for.
2. Rosa Mexicano
Serving award winning dishes for over 30 years, Rosa Mexicano continues to remain a local favorite year after year, serving delicious cocktails including pomegranate margaritas, as well as their rich and flavorful guacamole that is prepared right at your table. Located in the diverse Atlantic Station culinary scene, Rosa Mexicano features an extensive menu, including a gluten free selection of dishes, that can be enjoyed in a unique and delightful atmosphere. House favorites include chile braised lamb shank and beef enchiladas with mole sauce. Make sure to save room for hot caramel filled doughnuts for dessert!
A favorite local spot, with available outside dining gives customers a cozy and casual atmosphere to enjoy the traditional dishes served. Offering solid well-made mixed drinks, along with tacos that carry inspiration from around the world, and backed by It's sister restaurant, Barcelona, which has only bolstered bartaco's reputation, proves the solidarity of this restaurant's future in Atlanta, and with a second location in Buckhead, as well as a third on the way in Inman Park, this place is sure to rise to the top of the crowd, setting the standard for their competitors. Offering take-out, dine-in, and delivery, customers are sure to find a new favorite or old stand-by on this mildly-expensive, fairly extensive menu, that offers everything from fried oysters to curry shrimp, and black bean salad to churros and chocolate sauce. After just one visit, you can be sure a new, must-have Mexican favorite is soon to be added to your list.
4. El Mexicano
For starters, you must not let yourself get too concerned with the not so great industrial neighborhood of South Moreland Ave. If you can manage to do this, you are certainly in for a treat with this out of the way, gem of a place. The menu, which was recently revamped, is chock full of traditional Mexican dishes that are perfectly blended with contemporary cuisine and served with a creative flair. Of course, what Mexican dish can be complete without being accompanied by a glass of fresh horchata to add the perfect finishing touch to the meal.
This fantastic spot serves amazing Mexican, American, and Southwestern cuisine with above average service. Boasting an extensive menu with plenty of options and a great versatile atmosphere perfect for a large group or an intimate dinner for two. This spot makes customers feel right at home with free valet parking, quick, friendly service, and downright amazing food served hot and made with only the freshest of ingredients. You'll be hard pressed not to pencil this place in your upcoming schedule a few more times.
6. Verde Taqueria
Opened by 4 friends in the spring of 2009, this restaurant's vision is simple: Offer a fun and familiar atmosphere where families, friends, and everyone in between could stop in on any day of the week and enjoy fresh delicious food, cool drinks, and relaxed conversation. With choices of seating including comfy private booths, and a large outdoor patio that's great for larger parties, you will be tempted to make this your new favorite hangout spot complete with fresh and sinfully delicious Mexican flavors.
7. Nuevo Laredo Cantina
Chance Evans, one of the most successful restaurateurs in Atlanta, has certainly made an impression with this place. Making an executive decision to keep his business to one location and make sure his place remains unique and unforgettable has certainly paid off. The homemade salsa is absolutely to die for. Offering unbelievably super fast service, and house specialties consisting of fantastic fish tacos that are made with salmon instead of the standard tilapia, as well as offering a surprisingly great version of chicken mole, chile rellenos and enchiladas, easily making this place stand out above it's competition. This award winning Mexican restaurant offers a warm and welcoming environment for customers, creating a neighborhood feel that is truly one of a kind.
8. Taqueria El Rey Del Taco
This is truly the place to be if you are looking for genuine authentic Mexican cuisine, including handmade corn tortillas, and a mouthwatering green sauce that can easily make a man weak in the knees, it is hard to go wrong with any pick from their extensive menu. Located along the Asian Buford Highway and the Latin corridor, this place stands out from their competitors. Everything is cooked to order and the quality and love that is put into each and every dish is crystal clear as soon as your plate arrives to the table. This is definitely a spot you can't afford to pass by.
9. El Myr
Little Five Points has certainly gained a great asset when it comes to El Myr. Considered one of the most lively Mexican spots that offers creative twists on fantastically executed dishes, killer burritos and a mind boggling variety of booze with a superb sense of humor to round things out nicely.
10. Holy Taco
This place is the perfect spot for the adventurous and non adventurous alike. With a broad range of food in a casual atmosphere. House specialties include posole, brisket tacos, and chilaquiles as well as beef tongue tacos and chicken hearts for those with an adventurous side. This spot offers a seasonal menu which changes often, giving customers something new and fresh, but the one thing that never changes? The organic margaritas, which are always in season.
This fantastic tequila bar and cantina is located on the corner of 5th and Peachtree Streets, with chef/owner Riccardo Ullio serving authentic tastes with roots in flavors that can take you straight to the most influential regions of Mexico with the first bite of this amazingly fresh and sinfully delicious . Ullio's passion for his craft certainly shines through on the plate as you indulge yourself in wonderfully prepared and masterfully plated dishes.
12. Tin Lizzy's Cantina
Location, location, location...Tin Lizzy's location in the gorgeous Buckhead neighborhood, paired with their amazing margaritas, live music and simple authentic food make this spot the perfect choice for Happy Hour.
Opened in 2005 by four college friends, they give guests a fun and unique taqueria to hang out in, make new friends, and meet old ones as you sip on surprisingly refreshing margaritas and enjoy some imaginative and delicious "FlexMex" cuisine.
The friends' personal spin on Tex-mex, describing it as "Tex-mex with a little more flair with service deeply rooted in hospitality and includes the attitude that brings about a feeling of belonging, and pure awesomeness", which seems to be exactly what these four friends have achieved quite successfully.
This award winning restaurant offers a menu with many influences from Mexico, giving their guests daily special events for their extensive menu and festivities throughout the week. Definitely the soon to be weeknight gathering place for friends and family alike.
13. Bone Garden
This authentic cantina brought to you by the owners of the infamous Vortex, located off Ellsworth Industrial, pays homage to the Day of the Dead with its decor and cheerful and cozy atmosphere. This wallet friendly, tongue tickling food, seem right at home amid the skeletons playing guitar and brightly colored flowers that create this unique and interesting atmosphere.
Serving a generously priced, variety of tacos, enchiladas, and other spicy dishes accompanied with free flowing tequila make the perfect recipe for a new favorite dinner spot that you just can't wait to get back to again and again.
14. Twisted Taco
This lucrative restaurant seems to be doing well, considering its five locations in and around Atlanta. Serving authentic food with a Texas flair, guests are given big bold flavors in a fun, laid back party-like atmosphere. Not afraid to try new things, Twisted Taco give a new twist to Mexican by infusing dishes with Greek, American, and even Thai flavors. Definitely a place you want to visit sooner than later.
15. The Original El Taco
Often imitated, never replicated. This is THE spot to be in Atlanta at any time of the day or night, serving an eclectic mix of customers, from kids of all ages, to large groups, and even couples on date night.
With a festive and upbeat atmosphere, you just can't help but to feel happy and quirky when dining on the amazing, simple food. Have we mentioned the always fresh salsa bar? The menu offers a large variety of items with house specialties including Mexico City Grilled Corn. Served off the cob, and a rich creamy flavor profile, paired with a perfectly mixed icy margarita is the perfect recipe for a night out.
Add to that their quirky spinning wheel of prizes which every guest gets a whack at, giving the the opportunity to win yummy prizes from the menu, and how can you resist? Kinda seems like heaven on earth. Go there. Eat the food. spin the wheel, You certainly won't regret it.
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