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Visits to El Señor Taco, Shoya Izakaya, and {three} sheets

El Señor Taco

El Señor Taco (pictures by Gene Lee)

El Señor Taco arrived to the Buford Highway dining scene late last year serving the infamous Baja California fish tacos. The restaurant doesn’t just serve fish tacos. Diners can order ones stuffed with chicken, cabeza (head or cheek meat) and lengua (tongue). Additionally, they can choose from a selection of ceviche-like seafood cocktails and menudo, a traditional Mexican soup (not the boy band).

The restaurant’s menu is posted above the cashier counter where taco, enchilada and tostada platters are paired with rice and beans and run less than $10. Recently, I stopped in to sample one of the fish tacos the Internet foodie-sphere has been raving about since El Señor Taco opened.

I got the two taco platter with fish and cabeza tacos, and admittedly I enjoyed the salty, tender cabeza much more. The fish taco is topped with curtido (slaw made with cabbage) and it was emitting an off-putting odor that resembled boiled tripe. Now, being Korean I can take fermented cabbage (kimchi), but the smell was a little hard for me to get past.

Anyways, I’ll give the fish tacos another try at some point. Apparently, I’m the only one who isn’t crazy about them.

El Señor Taco, 4005 Buford Highway, Chamblee, 404-982-0777.

Sashimi at Shoya Izakaya

shoyaThe sushi at Doraville’s Shoya Izakaya hasn’t impressed in past visits, but I recently had the sashimi assortment deluxe that was real good.

The sashimi was fresh, very easy on the eyes and offered varying degrees of tastes and textures. Shiso Leaves, small mounds of julienned radish and seaweed salad add more vibrancy making this a fun dish to share with a group of friends.

Shoya Izakaya, 6035 Peachtree Road, A-101, Doraville. 770-457-5555‭.

Snacks at {three} sheets

threeI didn’t know what to expect when I walked into {three} sheets in Sandy Springs, but a dimly-lit sultry lounge was not it.

A rotation of dj’s spin music during the weekends and the lounge offers some decent snacks. The menu reads Mediterranean/Continental with items such as albóndigas (meatballs in adobo sauce) and falafels with hummus and pita bread.

The albóndigas melt in the mouth and are even better when coated with the spicy tomato-based adobo sauce. The falafels have earthy chickpea flavor, crunchy well-cooked exteriors, and are a bit gooey in the center (like my midriff). The hummus, although not bad, is more neutrally flavored than I care for.

{three} sheets, 6017 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-303-8423.

Laffa shawarma at Pita Palace

pitaWhen I cut open the meat shawarma that I recently picked up from Druid Hill’s Pita Palace, the word “game” came to mind.

The shawarma — tightly wrapped in laffa bread — was stuffed with a meat blend of lamb and chicken (purportedly, the meat on the rotisserie changes), and when sliced in half, gamey odors and warm oily meat juices rushed out of this Mediterranean burrito.

Pita Palace, 1658 LaVista Road N.E., Atlanta, 404-781-7482.

Gene Lee, International Cuisine

Gene Lee, International Cuisine

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

12 comments Add your comment

Steph

May 25th, 2011
8:08 am

You aren’t the only one who wasn’t a fan of El Señor’s fish tacos. I didn’t care for them at all.

Mike H

May 25th, 2011
9:17 am

I really like Shoya’s sashimi platter. It is a refreshing change from the usual salmon, tuna and yellowtail you see everywhere else.

Food Dude

May 25th, 2011
10:40 am

I like the fish tacos and El Senor Taco. The reason I would not want to go back is the horrible salsa bar and the horrible chips. Serve fresh salsa and better chips and I would try it again.

Kar

May 25th, 2011
10:44 am

Sashimi platter? That presentation looks like chirashi to me in that bowl. Except for the missing omelet.

Gene Lee

May 25th, 2011
10:59 am

@Kar – It was sashimi. Chirashi has rice, this platter did not.

BuHi

May 25th, 2011
11:47 am

I ate at El Senor Taco yesterday for the first time (lots of hype, etc.). Didn’t hate it, but no flavor in the fish at all. Server was very friendly, but I don’t see myself going back anytime soon…

Johnny

May 25th, 2011
11:49 am

don’t forget the “omelet”. F’in classic. if you don’t know the difference b/t sashimi and chirashi, don’t comment. btw- shoya doesn’t make california rolls, either, Kar.

Johnny

May 25th, 2011
11:55 am

BuHi, is spot on. El Suckie is all hype, on par with TDS. Sometimes reviews have to be written for a deadline and anything will do. Unfortunately, this is what ATL gets. Can someone please review the new restaurant at the Georgian Terrace, what is it called again? Oh, that’s right the Livingston.

Kar

May 25th, 2011
11:56 am

Johnny, since the rice is usually tucked away underneath, yeah, this looked like chirashi. And I’m thinking that I know what happened to your california rolls so enough with the snide comments.

FoodFan

May 25th, 2011
1:23 pm

Have to agree with the poor reviews on El Senor Taco. Went there after hearing all the hype, it was just eh & wouldn’t go back – really suprising for how much good press it had.

If you want a good taco (albeit, not fish) head on over about a 1/4 mile from El Senor Taco to the Taqueria Los Rayos. It’s in the old Dairy Queen on Clairmont (between Buford Hwy & Dresden). Fantastic & authentic

Chris

May 25th, 2011
1:45 pm

Count me in as one of the disappointed in El Senor Taco’s much hyped fish tacos.

Gene Lee

May 25th, 2011
2:40 pm

@Kar – I can understand your confusion. The photo close-up makes it look like a chirashi dish. I should have put my hand next to it because the platter was huge.