For nearly three years, Christina and Zach Meloy (who met in Costa Rica, Christina’s home country) served weekly dinners at their PushStart Kitchen supper club, first out of a basement studio in the Goat Farm Arts Center and then out of their own loft.
This wonderfully homey Dominican restaurant transcends its unremarkable ambience. Oxtails, pig’s feet, and other humble cuts of meat bob in mildly seasoned stews. Mornings bring awesome plates of green plantain mash with tripleta.
Since the nineties this dimly lit tapas joint has thrived as a twenty-something hangout. Tapas rule the menu, and kitchen stays relevant by occasionally weaving in new dishes that speak to current trends.
Riccardo Ullio’s latest project, in the former Eno location a few blocks north of the Fox Theatre, is perfectly adequate as a casual Latin American restaurant and truly magnificent as a tequila bar.
Holy Taco has found a groove serving affordable and ever-nervier interpretations of Latin small plates. For restaurant-goers who feel that every place in town serves the same ingredients prepared in similar ways, this East Atlanta gem is an antidote.
Sonoran hot dog (wrapped in bacon), chile relleno stuffed with smoked chicken rice, Chilean-style barbecued octopus with epazote and tomato-herb crema: Inc. Street Food’s Latin munchies will instantly put you in a good mood.
Chef-owner Hector Santiago keeps the tapas concept frisky with an ever-changing menu of whimsical, familiar-yet-exotic small plates. Try the reworked Cuban sandwich and the precisely muddled mojitos.