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The Original El Taco

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The Original El Taco

1186 N. Highland Ave. NE

Atlanta, GA 30306

404.873.4656

www.eltaco-atlanta.com

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Take one part vibrant atmosphere, one part Mexican edibles, and two parts liquor, shake, serve.  Throw in some friends or family and you have the making of an enjoyable evening courtesy of The Original El Taco.  One of The Fifth Group restaurants, located in Virginia Highlands, El Taco provides a festive atmosphere consisting of a brightly colored mural, created by students of SCAD, joined with tons of red color, star shaped lighting fixtures, thick log-based bar stools and other brick-a-brack, leading the patron to a sense of real, true and authentic… ‘Americameximazation’  (?look it up if you dare).  The food on the menu, conceptualized by in-town heavy weight Shaun Doty and executed by Chefs Craig Sauls and Micah Willix consist of a ‘mex’ture (sorry) of dishes from tacos, fajitas and enchiladas to Mexican pizzas, closely resembling Oaxaca’s street food, tlayudas.  The bar provides standard bevys, weighted with many tequilas and also boasts a list of suitable margaritas to accompany their fare.  While being family friendly, with spinning wheels of giveaway sthick, El Taco also transforms to a locals type watering hole and is a suitable spot for any group on a mirthful quest.  Go in without your tie and let you hair down, relax and enjoy.

If you haven’t made your plans yet then consider their New Year’s Eve specials: $2.00 Miller High Life (champagne in beer form) and $5.00 Champagnaritas.  Reservations can be made by calling 404.873.4656

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Spicy Shrimp Ceviche, jicama, orange and cilantro

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Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas w/corn and Jack cheese

Wood-Grilled Chicken Mexican "Pizza"

Wood-Grilled Chicken Mexican "Pizza"

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Fried Chicken Taco, Mexico City grilled corn in lime mayo, crumbled Mexican cheese

2 Pork Carnitas Tacos and 1 Mexican Chorizo Taco w/ yuca, raja, Fresno arbol salsa

2 Pork Carnitas Tacos and 1 Mexican Chorizo Taco w/ yuca, raja, Fresno arbol salsa

Stop in for some and tell’em… alimentado con una cuchara.

All images and words ©2009 Mark Petko Photography

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Written by Mark Petko

December 18th, 2009 at 10:16 am