ATL Food Snob: Red Pepper Taqueria – Tasty Tacos

The proliferation of taco joints in Atlanta over the past few years has been largely disappointing and devoid of much creativity or originality. Since branching out to Buckhead in the old La Forchette location, Red Pepper has received several accolades and recommendations from the media and my followers alike. Being the skeptic I am, I decided to wait until the hype machine took a pause and moved on to more recent upstarts before giving them a shot, but I was pleasantly surprised when I finally stopped in last week. Red Pepper’s menu is definitely not your traditional tex-mex, numbered plate, nuke it variety, or a contrived and forced “fusion” FUBAR…what it is, is fun and interesting. It pulls from all types of Latino cuisine, including Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean and even a few nods to Central and South America. A variety of ceviches (including octopus), raw oysters, and tons of tacos anchor the list, but the likes of mussels in spicy morita cream sauce, and the generous portions of proteins on the fajita platters are enough to get anyone excited!
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