In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, myself and two other bloggers (Kiwi and Talaia) took part in our first ever #TacoTourATL. Over a span of two days, we sampled tacos and cocktails from five Atlanta eateries, and it was just as delicious as it sounds. To give you an idea of where you can spend Cinco de Mayo, or even #TacoTuesday or #TequilaTuesday, I’ve created a superlative-style list featuring the five restaurants we visited on our #TacoTourATL.
Best Taco: Mezcalito’s Cantina
For me, simplicity is key when it comes to a great taco. That and a worthy amount of toppings. Trust me, no one likes a dry taco. With that being said, my choice for Best Taco goes to Mezcalito’s Cantina, and their shrimp taco. I loved that Mezcalito’s didn’t skimp on shrimp. Each shrimp taco came with about five large, fried shrimp and a generous helping of jalapeno mayo and cabbage. It was delish. You can also affordably make it a meal by adding rice and beans to any order of two tacos for a total of $10. As far as drinks, Talaia and Kiwi were in absolute looove with their Basil Margarita. I opted for the pomegranate-heavy Pom Rita, which I enjoyed.
Also, I should add that the plantains and cheese dip with chipotle from Mezcalito’s are worthy of at least an honorable mention.
Most Lit: Rock ‘N’ Taco
Great food and good fun adequately sums up Buckhead’s Rock ‘N’ Taco. If you ever find that you’ve reached your peak with the stuffy, Rose-sipping side of Buckhead, but still long for a tasty meal and a good time, Rock ‘N’ Taco is the spot. Trust me. The menu boasts a full range of tacos, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that ceviche (with lobstaaa!) is on the menu. They also serve tiki drinks (in souvenir cups!) and play Bob Marley on their rooftop balcony. I told you Rock ‘N’ Taco was the truth. Also the truth, their Tuna Poke and Cluck tacos. (Tip: Request buffalo sauce on your Cluck taco to really impress your taste buds)
And if you’re currently without Cinco de Mayo plans, Rock ‘N’ Taco has a lot of cool stuff in the works for Friday. Throughout the day, you can expect tunes from DJ Quincy and Ben Kinney, and tons of drink specials ($4 margaritas, $3 beers, etc).
Biggest Bang For Your Buck: Takorea
I guess I have some kind of bargain-fueled tunnel vision because the first thing I noticed on the menu at Takorea was their amazing, daily specials. “$4 House Takoritas,” “$3 Shot Specials,” “$5 Burritos” and other similarly lovely words littered the top of their menu. Bargains aside, Takorea features an enticing “Tako” menu, with the KFC serving as a customer favorite. Somewhat of a fried chicken taco, the KFC is a combination of Korean fried chicken, chipotle aioli, and jack cheese. Fried shrimp and chicken tacos top my list of taco favs, and the KFC proves why. It was simple, but heavy on the flavor.
Although Takorea features quite a few margarita options, I really enjoyed their sangria. Sangria can be hit or miss for me, but I can assure you that their house sangria is absolutely divine.
Most LUSHWORTHY: bartaco
I’m a house margarita kind of gal. I like my margaritas simple and delicious, with no added frills. Despite my Plain Jane approach to margs, I’m so glad that the folks at bartaco introduced us to items on their secret menu because their Chai Mezcalita, which is featured on the list, was absolutely delicious. Big on flavor, the Chai Mezcalita is a Lushworthy combination of mezcal, tequila, house-made chai syrup, fresh lime juice, and a dash of salt. And to literally top it all off is a star anise garnish. A personal highlight from the regular bartaco menu were the plantains, which come with a sprinkle of cayenne and a super tasty dipping sauce. Another favorite was the addictively savory Tuna Poke. Also, no surprise here, I quickly became a fan of the bartaco Margarita. It’s frill-free, potent, and tasty…just how I like ’em.
Most Authentic : Superica
If authenticity is a must when you’re getting your dine and drink on in the city, Superica is a worthy option. One of the popular items on the Superica menu, which we had the opportunity to sample on our tour, is the Paloma, a classic Mexican cocktail. I was really impressed by the fact that their Paloma is served with a bottle of Squirt, a classic, citrus-flavored soda. It gives the drink an authentic feel and makes for a cool aesthetic. Adding to the authenticity, is the fact that several of their dishes are made using wood-grilled meats. Also, in my opinion, Superica has some of the best house-made salsas and house margaritas in all of Atlanta.
***A complimentary tasting was provided at each of the restaurants listed, but the opinions in this post are fully my own.