3 Top Hot Atlanta Taco Spots

  • Verde Taqueria

    For a "non-traditional" taco experience, try Verde Taqueria in Brookhaven

Having gone to culinary school in Oklahoma, I learned to cook (and eat) some really outstanding Tex Mex and Mexican food. As a result, I do know my way around a taco and can say that there are some Atlanta restaurants that have some great tacos on the menu. So, if you’re looking for a new place to bring in Taco Tuesday, celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or just want to indulge in some delicious Tex-Mex north of the Border, check out these Atlanta hot spots.

El Taco
El Taco

El Taco, North Virginia Highlands

The Original El Taco has been voted “Best Mexican” by CitySearch and has the reputation of being one Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood taquerias with authentic dishes and great frozen margaritas. They serve both Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes in a friendly and fun atmosphere that’s both adult and kid-friendly. What won me over? Their free salsa bar featuring house-made salsa combinations with fresh cilantro and limes. Yum!

Uncle Julio
Uncle Julio

Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food, Atlanta

Uncle Julio’s is know for its grilled entrees that are cooked over natural mesquite charcoal imported from Mexico and their $2 Taco Tuesdays. Delicious and affordable. What won me over? Location. Location. Location. Uncle Julio’s is conveniently located near Centennial Olympic Park, the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Aquarium, and a short drive from Georgia Tech.

Verde Taqueria, Brookhaven

For a more “non-traditional” taco experience, you’ll want to give Verde a try. Their meatless options include Grilled Veggie and Buffalo Tofu — both are full of great flavor. The Fried and Grilled Chicken tacos are crisp, tender and packed with a spicy chipotle aioli. What won me over? The Fried Calamari — it has lots of mini tentacles, fried jalapenos and sliced lemons mixed in, and is served with a zesty dipping sauce.


Jennifer Hill Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker is a Georgia Grown Executive Chef, Atlanta based cookbook author, and culinary educator, and believes that “food should taste like food.” Jennifer has spent her 20-year culinary career educating people about food, nutrition, and healthy cooking practices. Jennifer is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.

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