Mexican Restaurants in Candler-McAfee

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Cartoon skulls color the ragged wooden sign outside Matador's, creating a rustic, yet playful, atmosphere where cuisine from the Michoacán region treats taste buds to an authentic taste of Mexico. Pulled pork, tilapia, and tofu are just a sample of what's stuffed into the tortillas of 14 types of tacos, which sate south-of-the-border cravings quicker than a deep-fried bolo tie. Combination plates and vegetarian options round out the menu at the restaurant's two locations, both of which offer spacious patio seating. At the newer Glenwood Park location, patrons can relax in a separate bar area as flat-screen TVs glimmer across intoxicating bottles of top-shelf spirits.

350 Mead Rd
Decatur,
GA
US

At Perla Taqueria, chef Lotfi Chabaane puts a contemporary twist on a wide variety of tacos and other traditional Mexican dishes. With the welcome mat placed outside until 11 p.m., Perla Taqueria sates crowds of lingering lunchers and late-night munchers with 15 different tacos, such as the blackened salmon with citrus slaw, buttermilk fried chicken with caramelized onions and peppers, and the Mediterranean-Mexican falafel taco with guacamole. The tilapia taco?mingling with mango, onions, jalape?os, cucumbers, lime, cilantro, and jicama?pairs well with a bottle of Jarritos, as do the burritos and homemade chips.

1958 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.

1784 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta,
GA
US

Village Taqueria & Tequila Bar, formerly known as Lime Taqueria, balances a menu of tacos, burritos, and Mexican entrees with tangy sips from the large tequila and cocktail list and rakes in praise from publications such as the Marietta Daily Journal. Chef Oscar Mendivil runs the kitchen, where he perfects the culinary art of tacos with perfectly braised barbacoa, fire-roasted poblano chilies, and grilled shrimp. The burrito de langosta—packed with sautéed lobster and manchego grits—makes fancy fare portable without the mess of wrapping crème brûlée in a sheet of gold leaf. A dozen margaritas and Latin cocktails grace the drink menu, sharing space with nearly 100 types of tequila.

4600 W Village Pl SE
Smyrna,
GA
US

Moe’s dishes out Southwestern savories in a friendly, pop-culture-inspired atmosphere in which ingredient freshness is taken seriously. Despite strong pressure from the powerful small-appliance lobby, Moe's never uses freezers, microwaves, animal fat, lard, MSG, or food reanimators. Scarf up some free chips and salsa before starting an appetizing affair with the Homewrecker Burrito ($6.89), which fills out its tortilla tuxedo with a pound and a half of meat, beans, rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Chicken club quesadillas ($7.49) provide poultry-powered palate pleasure, while kids’ meals ($3.29+) allow mini-munchers to feel like grown-up gastronomes without having to tackle adult tasks like paying taxes or destroying incriminating evidence. As you slide into your seat, keep an ear out for the music—Moe's prides itself on only playing the tunes of dead musicians, most of whom were alive when their music was recorded.

2354 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell,
GA
US

Keso Mexican Grill rouses the palates of Johns Creek and its surrounding communities with sizzling Mexican dishes that pack bold flavors. Inside, a contemporary vibe seeps from the restaurant’s stone walls. Standing guard as the dining room’s centerpiece, a large stone Olmec head watches over meals with far more authority than the mustached scarecrow that also tried out for the job. As a group of friends crisscrosses forks over shared tapas at one table, a waiter delivers a still-steaming steak to another. Along the dark marble bar, glasses of wine, beer, and tequila clink beneath the flickering glow of flat-screen TVs, which are perched above rows of bottles behind the bar.

11030 Medlock Bridge Rd
Johns Creek,
GA
US