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Alma Cocina

191 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303

404-968-9662

Downtown’s new midscale Mexican restaurant offers sublime taquitos, brilliant tequila drinks, and a warm atmosphere. It’s an ideal spot to get sloshed in the middle of the day, “Mad Men”–style.

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Bell Street Burritos

209 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30318

678-731-0488

Matt Hinton makes a Mission-style burrito that is one of the best east of San Francisco.

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Cinco y Diez

1653 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA, 30606

706-850-2020

In a college town rife with cheap burritos, Hugh Acheson’s latest restaurant explores the fresher regional flavors of Mexican cooking, made with seasonal ingredients that sing of the South.

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Elmyr Restaurant and Cantina

1901 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-588-0250

A Little Five Points treasure with tasty quesadillas and strong house margaritas. Open until 2 a.m. every night but Sunday, it’s a great late-night option if you aren’t looking for waffles.

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Inc. Street Food

948 Canton Street, Roswell, GA, 30075

770-998-3114

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.

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina

1495 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-352-9009

The food may be neither authentic Mexican nor true Tex-Mex, but legions of fans love this campy, raucous Westsider. Try the signature brisket barbacoa.

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Pozole

1044 Greenwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-892-0552

The pozole—a thick, soulful hominy soup with pork—is one of at least two dozen reasons to embrace this restaurant.

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Pure Taqueria

103 Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA, 30009

678-240-0023

Enthusiastic crowds wolf down little tacos, fresh guac, and a fancy triple ceviche served in shot glasses with long plantain chips. The surprise standout? The burger.

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Rosa Mexicano

245 18th Street, Atlanta, GA, 30363

404-347-4090

The guac may be expensive at this suave, colorful restaurant in the heart of Atlantic Station, but the ingredients are tops. Tacos and the monthly specials are your best bet. Pomegranate margaritas can double as dessert.

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Tamale Queen

1329 Brockett Road, Clarkston, GA, 30021

Tacos and flan also emerge from this colorful food truck specializing in tamales, perhaps filled with chipotle chicken or tomatoes, onions, and queso fresco. A portion of revenues aids the Fugees Family soccer program.

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Taqueria del Sol – Decatur

359 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-377-7668

The lines form early and hardly ever relent in front of these gourmet-on-a-budget taquerias. There is nothing not to love about a menu of fresh tacos with creative fillings.

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Taqueria del Sol – Morningside

2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-321-1118

The lines form early and hardly ever relent in front of these gourmet-on-a-budget taquerias. There is nothing not to love about a menu of fresh tacos with creative fillings.

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Taqueria del Sol – Westside

1200-B Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-352-5811

The lines form early and hardly ever relent in front of these gourmet-on-a-budget taquerias. There is nothing not to love about a menu of fresh tacos with creative fillings.

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Taqueria Iztaccihuatl

2 West Broad Street, Fairburn, GA, 30213

770-964-9909

This simple Mexican joint specializes in gigantic, feather-light tortas (sandwiches made on a round bun) that are some of the best anywhere in the metro area, let alone on the southside.

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Taqueria La Oaxaquena

605 Mount Zion Road, Jonesboro, GA, 30236

770-960-3010

Arguably the best regional Mexican restaurant in Atlanta. The specialty is the tlayuda, a large grilled tortilla covered pizzalike with refritos, string cheese, avocado, choices of meat, and lettuce.

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Tomatillos

1242 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30316

404-622-9448

This East Atlanta Village burrito joint is an homage to gone-but-not-forgotten Tortilla’s, where owner Eric Kayser worked in his youth.

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Verde Taqueria

1426 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319

404-254-5319

Brookhaven’s go-to spot for creative, cheap tacos caters to all tastes with fillings that range from buffalo tofu to short ribs.

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