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.
Free yourself from the chains of chain restaurants with a hopping Mexican joint that’s boldly declared its independence. With today’s Groupon, $10 gets you $25 worth burritos, tacos, margaritas, and whatever else you can find on the menu at Raging Burrito & Taco. Just a few miles outside downtown Atlanta, this Decatur favorite has been serving up neatly wrapped flavor fests since 1996, historically proven to be the best year for food and the best year for magicians starring on sitcoms.At The DentistThe Situation: "I can tell you haven't been flossing," your dentist tells you, but you have. Maybe not everyday, but you've been flossing. Your anger builds.The Solution: Take a deep breath! Your dentist is just mad because his cat and his baby don't get along.
Chef and owner Riccardo Ullio, featured in Atlanta magazine for restauranteering prowess, leads a culinary team in crafting Escorpion's menu of authentic Mexican fare from indigenous ingredients. Diners settle into the colorful interior decorated with rustic wooden accents and vivid artwork painted by domesticated rainbows to prime palates with tuna ceviche ($9) mixed with juicy apple and flavored with poblano pepper, tomatillo and celery juice, and coriander. Quesadillas welcome all types of meats and cheeses with a tortilla’s tender embrace, and the Scottish salmon veracruz wades into streams of capers, olives, tomatoes, oregano, Peruvian potatoes, and aioli ($16). Chefs pile fried tilapia tacos ($3.50 for one; $12.50 for four) high with caramelized onions, peppers, and chipotle mayo, and tender strands of braised goat graze among onion and salsa verde on the barbacoa de Chivo taco ($4 for one; $14 for four). Inventive agave-based spirits chase down meals as guests linger in the mood-lit interior to relish their margaritas and mezcal cocktails.
Fifth Group Restaurants began in 1993 with a hunger-driven dream and the opening of South City Kitchen in Midtown; in the intervening 17 years, the restaurant management company has grown to include a caravan of five grumble-silencing victual villas in a variety of cuisine styles. The restaurant group is also actively involved in a number of charitable and green programs, including a no-trash initiative where at least 95% of waste is either composted or recycled (Ecco is dumpster free and recycles or composts everything).
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.
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.