Do you love Mexican food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Mexican cuisine in Atlanta. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Atlanta restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Alam Cocina, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Nuevo Laredo. We also point out good neighborhoods for Mexican restaurants in the Atlanta - Midtown area, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!
When you want to make an impression visit Rosa Mexicano or Uncle Julio's Case Grande. These have stellar decor and the food is top notch also.
Want a cool ambiance as well as terrific food and drinks? Then head to Raging Burrito or Holy Taco. Not only do they have outstanding food, but their patios are in high demand as well.
If inexpensive yet authentic Mexican food is what you are on the hunt for we've got you covered. When you visit Taqueria Los Hermanos, La Fonda Latina or El Taco Veloz, you'll be sure to find that at any of these restaurants, all with locations around the Atlant area.
Nuevo Laredo Cantina
The salsa at Nuevo Laredo is outstanding. For entrees, a safe bet is the shrimp enchiladas or the the chicken with mole sauce. Fish lovers should get the fish tacos. One thing that stands out about these fish tacos are that are made with Salmon instead of Tilapia like many other restaurants that offer fish tacos.
The service is always extremely quick and efficient just like the majority of Mexican restaurants around the Atlanta area. Parking can be difficult to find. While they have a free lot across the street, it fills up rather quickly, so expect to park on nearby streets. (404-352-9009)
Taqueria El Rey Del Taco
This is a spot that is truly authentic Mexican. From everything from the hand made corn tortillas to the delicious green sauce, it is hard to go wrong with any menu choice at Taqueria El Rey Del Taco. For tacos make sure to order the chorizo taco or the pastor (pork) taco. Although most think about tacos and burritos when thinking Mexican, their tortas are quite delicious too. Order the chicken torta and you won't be disappointed. ((770) 986-0032)
El Taco Veloz
Craving full-flavored Mexican quick food at more-than-fair prices? El Taco Veloz knows just what you need. The place is nothing to look at, but don't let that deter you – taste and satisfaction are ample rewards for your determination. Soft corn tacos are as homey and delicious as you'd imagine, and huge burritos make folks sigh with delight. Along with standard offerings, you can try selections like beef tongue or the even more exotic barbacoa (slow-cooked beef headmeat). Don't forget to spice things up with their potent, zesty salsas. And wash it all down with a tasty Horchata (rice drink). (404-252-5100)
Taqueria Los Hermanos
This is a small chain restaurant with four locations, mostly located in the northeast part of the metro Atlanta area. Although this is a no frills spot, the food is on point. Diners are able to get in and out quickly, so it is a terrific spot to visit during a weekday lunch.
The tamales and shrimp chowder are incredible. Regulars quite enjoy the brisket whether in tamales or tacos. It is a mistake to leave here without trying the pork. Get the pastor (pork) taco with pineapple mixed in.
Skip sangria for beer, of which they have a surprisingly good selection (including Blue Moon, 420, and Yuengling). (678-937-0660)
El Myr has achieved almost mythological status in Little Five Points as one of the most lively and reliable sources for Mexican cuisine. This endearingly-seedy establishment emphasizes creative takes on traditional Mexican dishes, like the potato, corn and black olive burrito or the Pad Thai burrito, as well as strong drinks. The tequila selection here is delightfully mind-boggling: just name a drink, and the bartenders are sure to be able to mix it. Prices for food are incredibly inexpensive and the prices for beer is inexpensive as well. They do lots of take out orders if you don't want to eat there. (404-588-0250)
Perfect for adventurous eaters and those that are not so adventurous, Holy Taco has a broad range of food and is also a great people watching spot. It is casual and seems to be a hybrid of American Mexican and traditional Mexican foods.
Menu highlights include the posole, chilaquiles, and roasted corn on the cob. For tacos, some favorites are the brisket, but for the adventurous there are chicken hearts and beef tongue tacos as well.
The menu is seasonal and changes often, but the organic margaritas are always on the menu. Be careful as they can sneak up on you. (404-230-6177)
Raging Burrito has been a neighborhood favorite in Decatur for years. Besides having some fantastic Mexican food, there are many craft beers on tap. They also have terrific drinks too. A customer favorite are the Baja fish tacos. Not to be missed. They offer unique choices like the pineapple jerk, Bangok and Tokyo Teriyaki.
Their lovely patio is in high demand during optimal weather. If you would like a sampling of the best meats, then order tacos. Burritos can be customized with choice of meat, vegetables and fillers. Parking can be difficult to find, but check on some of the nearby side streets. (404-377-3311)
Great mexican restaurant located in downtown Norcross. Rather than tacos and burritos, they serve up authentic Mexican food. Expect to find on the menu items like Chilaquiles, Pepito, Crepes Cholula and Enchiladas Verdes and de Mole. Try the dish called Molcajetes which has chicken, beef, shrimp, cheese, peppers and onions in it. The dish is served up piping hot wit the strips of meat hanging off the side.
There is plenty of parking around the area and it is lovely to spend time walking around all the stores in the surrounding area before or after dining at Zapata. Prices are reasonable too. (770-248-0052)
Rosa Mexicano - Atlanta
Since 1984, the authentic Rosa Mexicano has been serving up award-winning dishes like their Guacamole en Molcajete in a festive, casual atmosphere to the acclaim of locals and visitors alike. Atlanta's Rosa, located in Atlantic Station, is no different.
Order guacamole, prepared table side, while deciding on your main dish.
Sip on a signature pomegranate margaritas while you peruse the extensive menu. For entrees, branch out with the tequila and chile braised lamb shank or stick with house favorites like the short ribs or beef enchiladas with mole sauce. Just save room for the hot doughnuts filled with delectable caramel. (4043474090)
Located downtown, Alma is popular with visitors and locals. A short walk from many of the downtown hot spots, the atmosphere in Alma is dim and cozy. Servers are pleasant, knowledgeable and incredibly friendly.
The menu is divided into categories of appetizers, ceviches, soups / salads, plates, taquitos, Huaraches, sides, desserts. Try one of their signature guacamoles, ceviches and sopas to start. The goat is a delicious and should not be missed. Huaraches – crisp corn masas with different toppings are great for sharing. Besides the goat, shrimp. is quite tasty too. The addition of potatoes and green beans round out a meal nicely. (404-968-9662)
About Malika Harricharan
Malika is the Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta. With a background in marketing, Maika's passion is Writing and Social Media Marketing and she works for various clients in Atlanta.
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