Food & Drink

The 9 Best Tacos in Atlanta

Published On 02/05/2015 Published On 02/05/2015
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Hankook Taqueria
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Jeremy Adamo
The Original El Taco
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Takorea
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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)

We're all very well aware that tacos are not native to Atlanta, or even to Georgia or to the United States at all. However, the culinary masterminds behind The Original El Taco have damn near perfected the beloved handheld, and they're not shy about their accomplishments, either (the restaurant's website boasts "Best Tex-Mex Mexican Restaurant in Atlanta"). Guess what goes best with the best tacos in the city? The best margaritas, of course. They've got those, too.

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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".