WHERE TO FIND THE BEST TACOS IN ATLANTA

Did someone say tacos? National Taco Day is in October, and trying to pick from Atlanta's numerous Mexican restaurants can be daunting. So here are my picks for places to celebrate this beloved food. Some have fantastic decor that you can't ignore, perfect for a celebration, while others are no frills, but make up for it with fantastic tacos. 

  1. Babalu – Probably the sleekest spot on this list, Babalu has locations in several cities in the Southeast and features 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. Snag a table outside on this hot Midtown patio.
     
  2. El Rey de Taco – This restaurant, whose name means “the king of tacos,“ is located on Buford Highway. It’s a rite of passage to dine here for these tasty and inexpensive tacos. Here you’ll find taco fillings like pork stomach, chitlins and tongue. However, you can “play it safe” with pork, flank steak or mushrooms.
     
  3. El Taco Veloz – With locations all around Atlanta, this no-frills spot keeps it real with low prices and quality tacos. Expect long lines during peak lunch hours. You’ll need to get at least two to fill you up. Get the barbacoa and lengua. Wash them down with a horchata (cinnamon/milk drink). 
     
  4. Hankook – At the height of fusion popularity, Hankook opened on the Westside and is a combination of Asian and Mexican. The calamari tacos are a standout. And items like the sesame sweet potato fries are a hit. Tip: Avoid the lunch rush as parking is a mess.
     
  5. Holy Taco – Located in the East Atlanta Village, Holy Tacos are super inexpensive. Goat and 12-hour braised pork shoulder tacos are good choices.
     
  6. La Carreta – If you find yourself in Marietta, near the Big Chicken, try to make it over to La Carreta. Handmade tacos are filled with well-seasoned meats, many of which are topped with a lovey avocado sauce.  Tip: There’s a small grocery store attached to the restaurant.
     
  7. 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).
     
  8. Red Pepper – The festive decor at Red Pepper makes the perfect place to gather with your gang. The best are the shrimp and kale tacos, but go and find your favorite on the menu.
     
  9. Rock ‘N Taco – There are 20 gourmet tacos to choose from, all priced between three and four bucks at this Buckheadspot. 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.
     
  10. Rreal Tacos – Adrian Villarreal’s restaurant marries his training in Le Cordon Bleu Paris with his Mexican heritage. Order the pork trompo, also known as al pastor, and grilled beef. The pork trompo is on display on a spinning skewer as you enter Rreal Tacos in Midtown. The beef barbacoa and pork carnitas are shredded and another good choice
     
  11. Taco Cowboy – The chic restaurant is much more upscale than you’d expect from your typical taco joint. There’s a lovely patio in the back. Start your dinner off with your own personal margarita. Don’t miss the Trailer Park taco.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. Teela – 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).

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

DINE IN STYLE AT THE 10 BEST PLACES FOR LUNCH IN BUCKHEAD

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Whether you are looking to get down to business at lunch or you just want to get out of the office, there's a spot for you in Buckhead. Here are 10 of the best lunch spots in this swank Atlanta neighborhood.

  1. Blue Moon Pizza – If an office outing is in your future, this pizza spot is a terrific choice. Who doesn't love pizza? Therestaurant does have lunch specials available daily, but it's better to go and share a pie as there are more than a dozen specialty pies to choose from. My go to is the Luna with chorizo, jalapenos and spicy ranch. Having a party? Blue Moon's food truck and can come to you. 
     
  2. Capital Grille – Sure, when you think of Capital Grille, you think of a hearty steak. And the grille does that well, but the restaurant also features a delicious two-course lunch that will have you in and out in no time. Start with creamy butternut squash bisque then get the tenderloin sliders. Of course, they come with truffle fries. Wash it all down with the house-made grapefruit soda.
     
  3. Chow Bing – Chinese doesn’t always mean food that is laden with MSG. At Chow Bing, Gary Lin uses lots of organic meats and items containing no MSG. Get the crawfish wontons. In the mood for something really hot? Order the Sichuan wings, true to the “tongue-numbingly hot” promise on the menu. Just make sure you have a bubble tea handy to combat the burn. For a main, get Chow’s chicken.
     
  4. Davio’s – The signature spring rolls are a must order when you are dining with a group. Chicken parm, Reuben and Philly cheesesteak are highlights. Paninis and pizza are quite affordable, but steaks and other heartier options are available, too.
     
  5. Doraku – Located in swanky Shops Buckhead Atlanta, you’d expect prices to be extremely high, but at this sushi spot lunches are quite reasonable. Get a bento box or one of the the lunch specialties.
     
  6. La Fonda – This Latin restaurant features some of the best enchiladas you can find in the city. Quesadillas and paella are decent, too. Though the decor is no frills, parking is easy to come by and prices are quite affordable.
     
  7. Red Pepper Taqueria – Here you’ll find excellent margaritas and tacos. My favorite are the shrimp and kale tacos. But go and find your favorite.
     
  8. Storico Fresco – What started out as a simple Italian market has morphed into a full-fledged restaurant. Stock up on dry pastas like chickpea or squid ink from the display to take home with you. Pastas like lasagna are the highlight, but sides like grilled asparagus or the rapini (broccoli rabe) with smoked ricotta are just $6 each, or you may make your own vegetable plate by choosing three for $15.
     
  9. Sufi’s – The kebabs here are a specialty and are served with aromatic saffron basmati rice. There are plenty vegetarian selections though. Try delicious eggplant dishes, falafel wraps and more. Bringing the kids? There is a kebab menu for them.
     
  10. Yumbii – The popularity of Yumbii’s food truck spurred the restaurant location in Buckhead. You’ll find ample parking in the lot behind the restaurant. The small, fast casual restaurant  has a bright and modern look. Some of my favorite items are the panko-crusted fish tacos, Asian rib eye Philly, spicy pork burrito and sides like sesame fries with Sriracha cheese dip.

 

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

The Most Extravagant Cocktails for National Tequila Day in Atlanta

Tequila lovers, this one’s for you!  It’s time to rejoice, celebrate and of course drink to celebrate the upcoming holiday: National Tequila Day (on July 24,2017).  We found the most extravagant and delicious cocktails in Atlanta this summer, so go ahead check out these tequila masterpieces and honor this special day.

Chef Mimmo at Red Pepper Taqueria is gearing up for National Tequila Day with a whole host of tequila concoctions including the Paloma Margarita. But for the true tequila connoisseurs, you will find a large selection of various tequilas like Extra Añejo aged for more than three years in oak barrels, RP infused tequilas, a variety of Sotol and Mezcals and, our favorite, Tequila flights which are served with sangrita.

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If you’re looking for a great place for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, you might want to check out Red Pepper Taqueria. We had lunch there and it was a blast! I hear they are going to have a real party with live music and they’re pulling out all the stops for their Cinco de Mayo party. The dining room is large, but the place to be will be the outdoor seating area so get here early! The band gets cranked up at 4:30pm.

We got started with Ceviche Blanco, its made with red snapper along with a citrus salsa that has a strong lime flavor. Angel thought of all the ceviche we’ve had, and he ranked the Red Pepper Taqueria ceviche his favorite! I thought the flavor was excellent, but I liked the fact it was served with fried plantains! Very unique and totally awesome!

We decided to indulge in our family style eating method so we each get to try everything. We ordered the Chicken Enchiladas, that was served with a diced tomato salsa and mexican rice. We also order the Al Pastor, a braised pork taco served with pickled onions and grilled pineapple; Pescado Frito, a fried fish taco with slaw, corn and sliced radish; and a Carne Asada, which is a beef taco that is skirt steak, cilantro, and pickled onions. The flavor of each of the Red Pepper Taqueria dishes was excellent. The fish and the pork tacos were great in flavor but were messy because of the liquid dripping out of them. Be careful if you order these so it doesn’t drip all over your clothes.

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Red Pepper Taqueria: Revelers can take advantage of all-day specials including $2 smoked beef tacos, $3 Tecate, $4 Dos XX Lager as well as the full dinner menu and drink menu from 4 p.m. to close. Read more about Red Pepper Taqueria’s bottomless mimosas here.
2149 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-325-8151 and 3135 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-869-2773. www.eatredpepper.com.

Unlimited oysters, customer appreciation party and more food events in Atlanta April 11-13

Red Pepper Taqueria: Get ready to party! Chef and owner Mimmo Alboumeh will host a four-year anniversary celebration for the Briarcliff location at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. For a customer appreciation pre-party featuring two hours of complimentary margaritas, beer, live music and more, RSVP via www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta. Throughout the night there will be a $3 menu that includes RP margaritas, "Mexican Break" shots and $3 craft beer available as well.

2149 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-325-8151. www.eatredpepper.com.

RED PEPPER TAQUERIA BRIARCLIFF CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF SUCCESS

Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm

Location: Red Pepper Taqueria Briarcliff

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RED PEPPER TAQUERIA BRIARCLIFF CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF SUCCESS

Celebratory Fiesta Featuring Food and Drink Specials, Live Music, and More!

 Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 Atlanta, Georgia (March 31, 2016) – Red Pepper Taqueria is celebrating the four-year anniversary of its Briarcliff location in Decatur with a giant fiesta on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. As a special thank you, Executive Chef and Owner Chef Mimmo Alboumeh is hosting a Customer Appreciation Pre-Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring two hours of complimentary signature margaritas, beer, and more for guests who RSVP and check-in on Facebook. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., live music will set the soundtrack for the rest of the fiesta as partygoers are invited to enjoy a special three-dollar menu that includes $3 RP margaritas, $3 “Mexican Break” shots and $3 craft beer, available at the bar. Of course, Red Pepper’s full dinner menu and oyster bar will be available along with its extensive tequila, local craft beer and signature cocktails selections. For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at www.eatredpepper.com or call 404-325-8151. To RSVP to the Four-Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation Pre-Party, visit, www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.

WHAT: 

Red Pepper Taqueria Briarcliff’s Four-Year Anniversary Fiesta

WHEN:  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Customer Appreciation Pre-Party – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (RSVP Required)

Live music – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

Red Pepper Taqueria Buckhead

2149 Briarcliff Road

Atlanta, GA 30329.

 CONTACT:  

For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at eatredpepper.com

or call 404.325.8151.


CONNECT:

Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @redpepperatl and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.

ABOUT RED PEPPER TAQUERIA:

With two Atlanta locations, Red Pepper Taquería is considered one of Atlanta’s top dining destinations for Mexican cuisine. A direct reflection of Executive Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh’s dedication and passion for always going above and beyond, Red Pepper Taquería features an impressive menu using only the finest and freshest locally sourced and organic ingredients.  Red Pepper Taquería is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends and is located at 2149 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 and in Buckhead at 3135 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305.  For more information, please visit www.eatredpepper.com.  Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @redpepperatl and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.

Where to Drink Bottomless Mimosas in Atlanta - Atlanta Eatery

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Chilaquiles and other favorites go down a lot easier with a side of $15 bottomless mimosas, available at both Buckhead and Briarcliff locations. Saturday and Sunday,11 a.m. to 3 p.m.