Atlanta's airport has given the city so much: visiting tourist dollars, a respectful 2003 nod to adored former mayor Maynard Jackson, and the only $17.99 Croissan'Wich in town. Getting even more out of Hartsfield-Jackson, hit Prickly Pear Taqueria.
Prickly's a dual-leveled house of Southwestern sips and supper, decked with Mayan masks, metal cactuses, and wall-mounted "PPT" steel lettering taken from Hartsfield's '70s era "AIRPORT" sign (with a leg removed from the "R" for a second "P") near a spiral staircase separating the brown-carpeted, 15-table upstairs lounge from the hanging wicker-basket-lamp'd bottom, filled with 1970's Boeing jet seats, offering a sense of air travel escapism minus the siren song of Skymall. All food's housemade, including Red Chili Chicken Taquitos, enchiladas (beef, brisket, pulled chicken, carnitas), wood-grill-fired Southwestern pizzas (Pollo Al Carbon w/ grilled chicken, crema fresca, & tomatillo), and 20 taco variations, like Ahi Tuna Fried Mixto (w/ calamari, shrimp, & jalapeno coleslaw), and the Guajillo-rubbed-pork-shoulder Al Pastor, also a south of the border nickname for Rev. Sharpton. Drinks include 19 imported brews (Bohemia, El Carib...), five mojitos, housemade sangria, and 16 margaritas by the glass, liter, or pitcher; they've also got a wall of 100+ wood barrel, oak-cask, and fresh-distilled tequilas, from low-priced Reposados ($7 Cazadores), to premiums like the $55 Partida Elegante, or the $85, 110-proof Patron Gran Burdeos -- Bordeaux barrel-aged for flavors of dried fruit, vanilla, & raisin, letting you tell your personal trainer you've been drinking healthy.
Other Prickly exclusives include desserts like homemade Key Lime Pie and Dulce de Leche Gelato; also homemade's their PPT House Brew, whose draft version goes for $2 -- a reasonable price, but it nevertheless means you won't be able to afford the headphones necessary to enjoy the witty dialogue of Last Chance Harvey.