Cinco de Mayo is about independence. Specifically, your independence from any Mexican places that suck. So check out this
round-up tortilla roll-up of Atlanta's categorically best joints.
Photo by Dylan York
1. Tin Lizzy's Cantina Grant Park415 Memorial Dr, Atlanta
2. Nuevo Laredo Cantina1495 Chattahoochee Avenue NW, Atlanta
3. Pozolé1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta
4. Holy Taco1314 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta
5. Rosa Mexicano245 18th St NW, Atlanta
6. Alma Cocina191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
7. Tijuana Garage351 Moreland Ave, Atlanta
8. Agave242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta
Tin Lizzy's has the perfect rooftop to soak up some sun and take in the surrounding views (even if the surrounding views happen to be a cemetery). They've also got standard Mexican fare for cheap, like tacos, nachos, quesadillas & 'ritas.
While working for ATL giant Coca-Cola in the 1960s, current restaurateur Chance Evans took frequent trips to Mexico, presumably to figure out just how they made that much-coveted Mexican Coke. Anyway, those trips inspired Evans to open his own restaurant, which he's ensured is serving only the best, most authentic South-of-the-Border dishes, including huevos rancheros, chicken mole, chalupas, and more.
Craving cheap, late-night Mexican eats? Look no further than this VaHi spot, 'cause it's serving up chips & salsa, pork tacos, and beef tacos way beyond your bed time. Wash it all down with one of their many tequila options and end (or begin) the night on the right note.
Holy Taco is an East Atlanta taqueria helmed by chef Robert Phelan, who is dedicated to using sustainable, local ingredients to shape his ever-changing and evolving menus. In a modern setting with outdoor seating, Phelan is serving up a ton of delicious food, including brisket tacos, fried squid tortas, and chorizo quesadillas.
With locations throughout the country, you better believe that the folks at Rosa Mexicano know a thing or two about great Mexican food. And this one, the only one in the South, certainly doesn't break the pattern, with delicious table-side prepared guac, a great brunch menu, and a prime location in the Atlantic Station area.
If you've got soul, there's no shame in boasting about in your name and Alma Cocina, which translates to Soul Kitchen in Spanish, isn't shy. This upscale downtown joint is serving upscale Latin/Mexican food in a modern setting, including braised lamb tacos, roasted chicken mole, and desserts like Mexican Coke (the drink) panna cotta.
This Tex-Mex grill's got cheap drinks (including 'ritas & shots) and Mexican bites like quesadillas, diablo fried shrimp, fajitas, and nachos.
From the name alone, it shouldn't be hard to tell that this place is into tequila. And boy are they, with nearly 100 varieties, including a couple that are 100+ proof (good luck, there). But Agave isn't a one-trick pony, as experienced head chef Jack Sobel is well-trained in Mexican-Southwest cuisine, serving up barbacoa enchiladas, tuna fish tacos, and fresh tenderloin fillets. Easy on the tequila, this is a meal you'll want to remember.