If there's one thing Atlanta is really good at it's... well, strip clubs, and BBQ, and these 20 things. But, in addition to all that, it's also surprisingly good at tacos (yes, tacos!), as evidenced by these nine examples that're stuffed with everything from tongue to slow-cooked pork, and are the best the ATL has to offer:
Hankook Taqueria (address and info) Westside The spicy marinated Korean BBQ chicken is almost enough to make you forget about our city’s regular BBQ. They don’t release the exact recipe, but you’re getting a sweet and spicy blend of soy, sesame, chili, and other magically mouth-watering ingredients. Don’t let its small strip-mall look fool you, this is big taco business.
El Rey Del Taco (address and info) Buford Highway The cow’s cheek may not sound like the best cut of beef, but the King of Tacos slow-cooks and seasons it to tender perfection. You don’t need to habla español to get your order taken, but it will definitely earn you some cred if you can pull it off convincingly.
bartaco (address and info) Westside This is the only taco place laid-back enough for flip flops and shorts, yet serious enough for a valet out front. Grab the spicy pork sausage, but know that it’s plenty hot, so you’ll probably want to stick with the roja salsa, and save the habanero for later.
Tin Lizzy’s (address and info) Various locations Famous for its yearly taco contest, this is proof that if you can dream it, it will come to your table. Grilled chicken and grilled onions are topped with fried pickles, goat cheese, and BBQ sauce. True to its name, this goes pretty well with a solid Southern cocktail.
The Original El Taco (address and info) Virginia-Highlands The black beans, zucchini, onions, sweet peppers, and queso are done so well that you’ll forget this Latin-lover is free of meat, so be adventurous and go... ugh... vegetarian, but rest assured, there're plenty of good carnivorous options, too.
El Taco Veloz (address and info) Sandy Springs You know this place is authentic because it’s one of the few Mexican restaurants that is open, and busy, for breakfast, so after your huevos rancheros, grab a pepper stuffed with cheese that's stuffed in a taco and stuff it in your mouth.
Roasted beef tongue
Holy Taco (address and info) East Atlanta One of the Eastside’s best patios is well-suited for spreading out while you fold up one of the appropriately heavenly tacos. The muy-soft beef tongue welcomes a tomato & cucumber salsa with a sprinkling of greens on top to tickle your tongue.
KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)
Takorea (address and info) Various locations Thomas Lee deserves all his success because he is a maestro harmonizer of Korean and Mexican (and Southern) food, as evidenced by this taco with seasoned and fried chicken with a buffalo-style chipotle aioli and some Korean slaw.
Bone Garden Cantina (address and info) Westside Tender, marinated pork is given the sweet treatment with pineapple, but also covered with heat in the form of guajillo chili and peanut sauce. A little slaw, cilantro, and onions top it off with a fragrant little crunch, and one of the dozens of tequilas and mezcals finishes the whole thing off.
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