Food & Drink

The 9 Best Tacos in Atlanta

Published On 02/05/2015 Published On 02/05/2015
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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

Dak gogi

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.

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Cabeza

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.

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Spicy chorizo

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.

Jeremy Adamo

Southern Comfort

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

Veggie taco

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.

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Chile relleno

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.

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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.

Takorea

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.
 

Al Pastor

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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1. Hankook Taqueria 1341 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The spicy marinated Korean BBQ chicken is almost enough to make you forget about our city’s regular BBQ, so be sure you try it when you come here.

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2. Taqueria El Rey Del Taco 5288 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

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.

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3. Bartaco 969 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This taco joint serves some of the best tacos in Westside, and we suggest trying the chef’s sampling of pork belly, duck, fried oyster, and whatever the hell else he can find meat-wise and slam between those luscious tortilla cheeks.

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4. The Original El Taco 1186 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

They might not have invented the taco, but they've pretty much perfected it. And with plenty of other options for any size appetite, the Original El Taco is el jefe of Tex-Mex in Virginia Highland. We suggest you wash down the popular friend chicken and corn taco and build-your-own nachos with a margarita or Tecantes.

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5. El Taco Veloz 5670 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Sandy Springs)

You know this place is authentic because it’s one of the few Mexican restaurants that is open, and busy, for breakfast. Be sure to try the pepper stuffed with cheese stuffed in a taco.

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6. Holy Taco 1314 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

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.

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7. Bone Garden Tequila Club 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Commencing this Saturday during the Mexican cantina's 2nd-anniversary bash is Tequila Club: a nobleman's challenge to sample all 50 agave hooches on their menu under the guidance of house mixologist Michael Cook, charting your progress and rewarding drinking diligence with a $25 gift certif at the halfway point, various liquor-co swag throughout, and once you've run the gamut, the chance to concoct your very own margarita, which'll go on the menu next to your name, which won't be that big a deal if your name is "Sizzling Fajitas".

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