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Best Mexican restaurant

Chepe's beautiful fish tacos. Photo courtesy Chepe's Mexican Grill

Chepe's beautiful fish tacos. Photo courtesy Chepe's Mexican Grill

YOUR PICKS

1) Chepe’s Mexican Grill

You say, “Our family has a tradition of eating at Chepe’s on Friday nights. We love the food, the service and the atmosphere. Everything we have eaten has been awesome and the staff is so very friendly and efficient. Sometimes there is a wait, but it’s well worth it, I promise.”

2) The Bridge Gourmet Mexican

3) Nuevo Laredo Cantina

4) La Parrilla

5) Taqueria Los Hermanos

The tlayuda, a specialty from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, from Taqueria La Oaxaquena. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The tlayuda, a specialty from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, from Taqueria La Oaxaquena. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1) Taqueria La Oaxaquena

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “No place serves the mystery that is masa as well as this real-deal joint in Jonesboro. This is soul food, Mexican-style, and specializing in the wonders of Oaxaca.” See her complete round-up for more on each of these Mexican marvels.

2) Celia’s Carniceria y Supermercado

3) El Rey del Taco

4) San Pancho

5) Taqueria el Vecino

542 comments Add your comment

mike

January 20th, 2010
11:21 am

i agree with eric–that POSTER IN MENS RESTROOM AT NUEVO LAREDO IS 2 OF THE SEXIEST POSTERS I’VE EVER SEEN..PLUS FOOD IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

KJ

January 20th, 2010
11:23 am

Bone Garden Cantina – far and away the best I’ve had since moving to GA.

Hayseed Dixie

January 20th, 2010
11:24 am

Nuevo Laredo is an over-hyped yuppie hell-hole. Average at best. Their cheese is obviously Velveeta.

La Parilla in Alpharetta is the best mex in the city. Everything fresh, nothing from a can. And they hire intelligent, hard-working servers.

It’s always clean, Margaritas are not too sweet, and the mariachi band takes requests.

martin

January 20th, 2010
11:30 am

All the entries in Lithonia, Dacula, Alpharetta etc. don’t count. This is “Best of Atlanta”.

Jan

January 20th, 2010
11:31 am

El Jinete in Dacula – Chicken Quesidilla! Best prices and best food.

SouthernCaliMexiNegro

January 20th, 2010
11:33 am

If U ever come South of the 20, U would know: LA OAXAQUENA
-Homemade tortillas & salsa! No ground beef in the whole restaurant.

Melissa's Mom

January 20th, 2010
11:35 am

Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker. Best chicken tortilla soup ever! Wonderful fish tacos and nightly specials that are out of this world.

Nuevo Laredo Cantina. Best tamales in town! (I’m not crazy about the chicken in the chicken taco salad, though. It’s a little too Americanized.)

Taco Loco

January 20th, 2010
11:39 am

Taqueria del Sol. Any of the ATL locations. The fish tacos can’t be beat.

Beth

January 20th, 2010
11:40 am

The Bridge in Roswell is wonderful. Los Hermanos in Lilburn is fabulous also. Tara Humata in Alpharetta is also a favorite.

JP

January 20th, 2010
11:40 am

Mi Barrio – no doubt.

southgate

January 20th, 2010
11:42 am

The Hat. IN THE BORO!!!!

Yves Neidlinger

January 20th, 2010
11:42 am

I’m amazed to see Nuevo Laredo so often. It’s truly no better than El Azteca or any other generic Americanized Mexican food. It scores with atmosphere and crowds, but the food is sorely boring and over rated. In fact, it’s the most over rated place in Atlanta. Have I stirred the pot yet?

If you want outstanding Mexican, you have to try two places; Pure Taqueria (my personal favorite) and Bone Garden, a new place off Howell Mill, not far from Nuevo.

Pure’s menu is off-the-hook. The Crab Fritters, Salmon Tostopos are just the start of something truly special. Don’t get me started on their Queso Fundido with Chorizo and roasted jalepeno.

A new Pure Taqueria location opened up across from Fritti’s in Inman Park.

Jackson

January 20th, 2010
11:43 am

Tara Humata in Alpharetta is the best I’ve had in years in Atlanta.

NativeAtlantan

January 20th, 2010
11:44 am

Nuevo Laredo — PLEASE…that’s the nastiest food around…swimming in grease….tasteless…..just plain nasty…

kt

January 20th, 2010
11:46 am

Laprilla in Powder Springs, and Viva LaMexico on th ecorner of Macland and Old Lost mountain. The two best I’ve ever been to.

Melissa's Mom

January 20th, 2010
11:46 am

After reading some of the other comments, I’ll have to agree that Nuevo Laredo (except for the tamles) has yuppie food, but the fun, lively atmosphere makes it worth the trip.

JIMBOB, I agree with you about Monterrey and El Toro at Northlake, but I don’t see that Eduardoes is any different. Monterrey is my favorite of the 3 mediocres, mainly because we’ve been going there for 20 years and our daughters still crave it on occasion(even though they both live downtown where all the really cool restaurants are, they still want to come out to Northlake for Monterrey. Go figure.)

Cornjolio

January 20th, 2010
11:48 am

Los Reyes in Marietta, near the Big Chicken !

Kim

January 20th, 2010
11:48 am

Taqueria la Oaxaquena in Jonesboro is great. The Flautas are awesome!

Amanda

January 20th, 2010
11:50 am

La Parilla in Fayetteville, GA (the Fayette pavillion) is by far the best mexican I have eaten yet.

Lacey

January 20th, 2010
11:51 am

Someone else already posted it, but I have to second Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker. They have expanded to Lilburn and Suwanee.
The specials are really something special. :)

sarah s

January 20th, 2010
11:51 am

Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker, GA

http://www.taquerialoshermanos.net/

justinw

January 20th, 2010
11:52 am

El Toro in Decatur……Unbelievable nobody has mentioned it.

Toro

January 20th, 2010
11:52 am

MARQUITO’S off of Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs. It’s been there for years, like 20 years I believe. Longer than most of the places on this list and that says alot! Watch out for the Margarita’s, they tend to sneek up on me.

Christina

January 20th, 2010
11:52 am

El Tesoro in Decatur – amazingly delicious Mexican food with a creative twist. The duck tacos are to die for, as are the refried black beans and chile corn. Great atmosphere, and an extensive tequila list make this a terrific place for a tasty group meal.

I'M SO HUNGRY NOW

January 20th, 2010
11:55 am

TAQUEIRA DEL SOL – in Decatur – the Athens location is a close 2nd. Yum-a-diddy-yum!!

Gina

January 20th, 2010
11:57 am

La Parilla on Howell Mill is AWESOME!!! Great food and great service!!

Arroz

January 20th, 2010
11:57 am

If you want highend go for Nuevo Laredo. If you want good prices great food and friendly staff go to Pacos in Mableton (corner of Floyd and Nick-a-jack).

Greg

January 20th, 2010
11:57 am

I’ve tried many. The best so far…El Jinete (Dacula) is really good. However, Monterrey (Buford Dr..Lawrenceville) is very good too!

Hayes

January 20th, 2010
11:59 am

The best taqueria hands down is and will always be La Taqueria Oaxaquena. The other restaurants mostly serve an “American” version of what an authentic taco should be. I like the real deal, not a watered down American version. http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-la-oaxaquena-jonesboro

Jennifer

January 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

JALISCO…delicious and love the family that runs it!

dm

January 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

1)Mezcalito’s in Oakhurst
2)Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Jamei

January 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

Nuevo Laredo Cantina!!!

AtlantaFoodie

January 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

The Bridge in Roswell is amazing and worth the drive. We eat there weekly and have never had a negative experience with either the food or the staff. Must try the any of the posted specials.

PMD

January 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

LA PARRILLA MEXICAN RESTAURANT.Oakwood excellent service and food. Absolutely the best

Diego

January 20th, 2010
12:07 pm

Chepe’s in Cumming!!!!!

jokurone

January 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

Casadores in East Cobb on Sandy Plains near Sprayberry for the last 25 years unsurpassed. Friday nites a long wait b-cause it’s so good!!

dcraig

January 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

Nuevo Laredo Cantina no question

A Rod

January 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

A good hole in the wall joint is El Tacazo. It’s in duluth/lawrencevill on pleasant hill rd near the intersection of hwy 29. It’s across the street from Berkmar High School. Try the steak burrito there. It is humongous and delicious. Good luck if you have heartburn though

Sugarfoot

January 20th, 2010
12:16 pm

El Torero, if they were just cleaner. Please, people, check your county health inspections for these places, and you may change your mind. Frankly, right now, my local Taco Bell is the cleanest!

Alabamastan

January 20th, 2010
12:16 pm

Mexico City Gourmet in Decatur. Great mole and margaritas.

Id!ots!

January 20th, 2010
12:21 pm

Please keep going to chain mexican restaurants and thinking they are good…don’t open your eyes and ears and head to Buford Highway where you can get real, amazing mexican food. Of course if you did go to El Rey Del Taco, you wouldn’t know what anything on the menu was anyway…because it’s real mexican food.

J$

January 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker.

Josh

January 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker; when you try it, you’ll know it’s the best!

EJ

January 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

Enter your comments here La Parrilla Exit 11 Alpharetta

CW

January 20th, 2010
12:28 pm

Nuevo Laredo beset by itself. La Parrilla is hands down the best chain

guest

January 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

http://limetaqueria.com/ Lime Taqueria & Tequlia Bar

Critic

January 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

Taqueria Los Hermanos-Tucker or Lilburn locations

Biglee

January 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

EL TORRERO,,, HANDS DOWN.

Liz

January 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

Caramba Cafe in the Highlands!!!!

Carl Perkins

January 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

I still miss Frijoleros! Nuevo Laredo is way over rated. Bone Garden, El Taco Veloz are far superior. Actually if you’ve ever worked in an Atlanta restaurant you’d know it’s all “authentic” Mexican, if you know what I mean