Atlanta’s Best Bets For Cinco de Mayo (Or #TacoTuesday & #TequilaTuesday)

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. 

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Booze, Bacon & Dr. Boobies Flourish At BaconFest ATL

It’s no secret that Atlanta hosts countless food and drink festivals each year. Despite the plethora of fests, this year was my first time attending BaconFest, which was more like a bacon and beer fest. When there’s alcohol and bacon involved, there’s bound to be fun, but I was actually a little taken aback by how much fun I did have at this bacon extravaganza. 

There was beer pong, pin the tail on the pig , cooking with candy, and even Dr. Boobies. Beer pong was fun until I failed miserably. Pin the tail on the pig made me realize that the older you get, the less capable you are of handling dizziness. Cooking with candy was absolutely hilarious, and I left with a handbag half-filled with candy. And Dr. Boobies was incorrect with his guess. Nice try though.

In addition to generous servings of freshly-cooked bacon, BaconFest attendees also enjoyed unlimited sips of Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Otra Vez, Summerfest, and Miller Lite. There was tons of bacon on deck, but I wished there were more bacon-y options to choose from. The main, two options for attendees was bacon straight up or a BLT. There was a handful of vendors on hand selling various bacon dishes though. I tried some amazing sriracha-flavored bacon jerky from Jack’s. 

Overall, a great time was had and I ate way more bacon (and candy) than I probably should have. 

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V-Day With Bae: An Atlanta Dinner Guide For All Budgets

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Cypress Street – Photo via Caren West PR

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Wine and dine your boo or they’ll shade you.

Every year, couples flock to restaurants across Atlanta, looking to impress their significant other on Valentine’s Day. This particular feat can definitely prove costly, but it certainly doesn’t have to. In addition to their daily specials, a number of restaurants in the city will offer various, wallet-friendly promos for V-Day. 

And if you’re looking to ball out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve also got you covered on that end. 

Dinner & Drinks For Two Under $40

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Lure – Photo via Phase:3

Tin Lizzy’s – Indulge in margaritas and tacos at Tin Lizzy’s this V-Day, which also serves as a #TacoTuesday and #TequilaTuesday hybrid. And if you’re looking to save even more dough on V-Day dinner, sign up for Tin Lizzy’s Cinco Club to save $5 on your next meal. 

Calle Latina – If sangria and tacos are more your speed, Calle Latina offers an amazing special on both items on Tuesdays. You can indulge in sangria for $3 a glass and tacos for only $2 a pop. 

Lure – Alright, enough talk about tacos. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end yet still within budget, Lure is offering a dozen oysters and two glasses of Cava wine for only $20 on Valentine’s Day. Can’t go wrong with bougie on a budget.

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Amalfi Pizza Brings A Slice Of Italy To The A

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Thanks to the addition of downtown Atlanta’s latest eateryAmalfi Pizza, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy a slice of Italy. Amalfi Pizza, which opened weeks ago, sits right above Red Phone Booth, and boasts a menu full of–You guessed it, pizza. With the assistance of two, 6000-pound wood-burning brick ovens, the restaurant slings a little over half a dozen, specialty pizzas. 

During their media event, I had the opportunity to sample the quattro formaggio pizza with Amalfi’s special, ricotta-stuffed crust. I have to admit I was feeling a little Kevin McCallister-like with my very own cheese pizza. It was absolutely delicious though. Size-wise, if you aren’t that hungry, you could easily split a whole pizza with a friend. It’s pretty sizable. I absolutely loved their specialty crust. They don’t skimp on the ricotta, and the fact that it’s house-made is much appreciated. You loyal, quattro formaggio. You loyal.

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Downtown Atlanta Welcomes Speakeasy-Inspired Red Phone Booth

20160829_135627_FotorI’m pretty sure I’m one of few Atlantans who never had the opportunity to visit Prohibition before it closed months ago (tsk tsk, I know), but it seems as if the bar has been reborn thanks to the newly-opened, Red Phone Booth. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Red Phone Booth serves as a cigar lounge and Prohibition-style bar.

I had the opportunity to visit Red Phone Booth, during a media event earlier this month, and I was immediately impressed by the richness of the space. Lots of deep colors and wood detailing. The space is also filled with a number of cozy, leather couches for your Lushworthy leisure. 

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During my visit, the mixologists whipped up a number of classic cocktails. I opted for a Caipirinha (in the spirit of the Rio Olympics), a modified whiskey sour, and a Flirtini (don’t ask). I absolutely loved the modified whiskey sour, which was made by master mixologist Bob Ruede. As much as I love a good whiskey sour, I find that a lot of them are usually way too tart, so this cocktail was perfect. As far as the food selection, we were offered a variety of fresh seafood and other bites. Although tasty, I’m hoping their full menu has more of a robust selection. 

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Forget A Kroger: 5 Atlanta Establishments That Really Need A Bar

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Picture By Creative Loafing

With news that the new grocery store near Glenwood Ave. has its own beer and wine bar (sup gentrification), I couldn’t help but think of all the other Atlanta establishments that could really benefit from a bar.¬†So, here goes:

Publix: You know what would really make shopping a pleasure? A bar. Publix is obviously wayyy better than Kroger (not up for debate), so I can only imagine how epic a bar inside of Publix would be. BOGO cocktails, chicken tender samples while you turn up, the possibilities are truly endless.

Decatur Library: No need to go crazy here. A simple wine bar will do. Who doesn’t love a good book with a glass of vino?

Five Points Marta Station: Yeah, I’m sure a bar at Five Points Marta Station would do way more harm than good. But it might actually be needed for most commuters. Actually, you know what? Scratch that. How about a mobile bar on all Marta trains? I’m here for it.

The Varsity: They already have the food that drunk people love, so why not offer a brewski with that Yankee Dog with Strings, and other greasy delights.

The Passport Agency On Peachtree Street: I don’t know about you all, but the Atlanta Passport Agency is up there with the DMV. The wait is insanity. And by the time you’re done with it all, a Happy Hour is likely calling your name. And if they were to ever open their own bar, a cutesy, global-themed lounge¬†with sake cocktails, caipirinhas, and other international dranks would be the move.

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