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.
Recommended for Mexican because: This small converted house in a mostly industrialized area churns out phenomenal food to a packed crowd.
Local Expert tip: Waits can be lengthy even on weeknights so plan accordingly.
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.
Recommended for Mexican because: Pretty decor and food presentation with tasty drinks to boot. They even make their tortillas in house.
Local Expert tip: Fast, cheap tacos and burritos open late.
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).
Recommended for Mexican because: This place is cheap yet offers authentic mexican foods at very affordable prices.
Local Expert tip: They have several locations around Atlanta, so there is probably one in your neighborhood.
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).
Recommended for Mexican because: Cheap, yet authentic Mexican food served in a jiffy!
Local Expert tip: Even though it is a chain, all rate consistently highly.
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.
Recommended for Mexican because: They have fresh guac and salsa as well as unique, yet reasonably priced food.
Local Expert tip: El Myr is open late night on weekends until 2:30 am.
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.
Recommended for Mexican because: This East Atlanta favorite, features chicken hearts and beef tongue for adventurous and more standard fare for non-adventurous eaters.
Local Expert tip: Wednesday nights feature two for one appetizers at the bar.
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.
Recommended for Mexican because: Top notch Mexican food, drinks, beer and a killer patio.
Local Expert tip: They have an amazing Pineapple salsa.
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.
Recommended for Mexican because: This latin restaurant is widely popular with Atlantans for their authentic latin food, quick service and cheap prices.
Local Expert tip: Get the Molcajetes
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.
Recommended for Mexican because: It has consistently tasty Mexican fare and was recently picked as one of the top 10 Mexican restaurants in USA Today.
Local Expert tip: You can eat rather inexpensively if you stick to the appetizers.