Cuisine: Korean Mexican
Neighborhood: Little 5 Points
Address: 1126 Euclid Ave. Atlanta, GA 30007
Phone: (404) 343-3935
For months, whenever I rode thru L5P on my way to Stir It Up, I would pass this little brown building on the right hand side that read "OMG Taco". I can't put my finger on it but it was just something about it that repeatedly piqued my curiosity on every drive by. I think it was the fact that they used the ever popular texting phrase "OMG". That word conjured images in my head that the restaurant was run by some 16-year old girls that would force you to text your order in on your iPhone. Lol. Whatever it was, I just remember thinking, "I gotta try that place whenever it opens". Well, it opened. And, about 2 weeks ago, I made my way on in to see what this place was all about.
Upon walking in the door, my first impression was that OMG Taco was everything and nothing I expected. The funky colors and the graffiti on the walls were kinda foreshadowed by the sign outside. I pretty much expected that carryover. But, the contemporary, chrome stools all pushed against the wall and the glow in the dark bar light show was a bit of a shocker. It was like a rave party with a touch of feng shui. Interesting to say the least.
(Nick the bartender mixing it up)
(Sangria, the beverage of champions)
Then, I encountered Nick. Not only does he have the greatest name ever, he also happened to be probably the coolest, friendliest bartender I've ever met in life. Not sure what he's getting paid over there but he deserves a raise. He's the perfect ambassador for this particular restaurant!!! While making this signature (very fruity) Sangria that was on display at the bar, Nick told me all about how long the restaurant had been open (3 months), what menu items he highly recommended (the chicken, fish, and short rib tacos), and the fact that OMG was NOT in fact owned by teenage girls but was developed by a couple of guys in their early twenties who began with a food truck and had decided to branch out into the full brick-and-mortar concept. Not bad!!!
He also informed me that OMG Taco served KOREAN-infused Mexican food. I'd heard of this strange blend before but I'd never had the pleasure of tasting it. As usual, I was kinda skeptical. But, Nick's attitude, the ambiance, and the fact that I was in Little 5 Points (home of everything experimental), were all the ingredients I needed for an adventurous day. So, I went for it.
(2 chicken tacos, 1 fish taco, and 1 short rib taco)
At Nick's suggestion, I ordered 2 chicken tacos, 1 fish taco, and 1 short rib taco. I also got an order of the OMG Super fries (french fries covered with OMG slaw, OMG sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, your choice of meat, and Caramelized Kimchee). The food comes, I bite in, and then. . . . a confused look comes to my face. What's this slightly delightful yet very different taste in my mouth?? SOY!!! It threw me off for a minute until I was able to comprehend all the taste sensations going on in my mouth at one time. There was meat, soy sauce, cheese, a soft tortilla, tartar sauce, lettuce, and whatever else was in there. It was odd but not in a bad way. Actually, it was pretty darn good. One of those "acquired taste" that you could easily and quickly acquire. I was really digging it.
(OMG Super Fries)
After polishing off those tacos, I dove head first into the Super Fries. This was great!!! It was everything that the tacos were with some crispy french fries at the bottom. Definitely not for you calorie-counters out there. Oddly enough, the fries seem to soften the blow of the soy/sesame taste that seemed to shine through in each item. It was flavorful and filling. Without being sweet, it had an almost dessert-sh quality to it (if that makes any sense). Kind of a Korean/Mexican comfort food. Delicious!!!
(Nick's signature Blue Thunder drink)
Finally, just for good measure (since it was a Friday afternoon), I got one last drink to wash it all down. Nick told me he had a signature drink in his stash called Blue Thunder that I just had to try. Why not?? I'm not gonna lie. I can't even remember what it tasted like. But, I do remember that it was really good!!! Even better than the Sangria. You gotta get dude to make it for you. #Winning
At the end of the day, I was definitely pleased. I'm sure I'll find myself back at OMG Taco sooner than later. It was a great change of pace outing and it's always great to find gems like this in the city to keep that culinary diversity alive. Next time you find yourself sitting in that hideous 5:00 Atlanta traffic near I-20 and the 75/85 merge, pull into OMG and kill some time. You might even run into your boy up there.
What's Great: Ambiance, Service
What Ain't: Parking
Ideal For: Lunch, Casual date night