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In 2010, I (Nick Love) spent over 45% of my annual income eating out at some of Atlanta's best (and worst) restaurants. So, who better to guide you through the city's crowded dining terrain?? Now, I, along with my team of Hip-Hop generation foodies, will expose and review ATL's newest hits, hidden gems, and old favorites. Hopefully, this blog will earn us a free meal or two while we point you guys in the direction of some good food and steer you away from the wackness. Let's eat!!!

Nov 1, 2011

Review: TAQUERIA DEL SOL | Heaven In A Soft Shell

Name: Taqueria Del Sol
Cuisine: Mexican w/ American Infusion
Neighborhood: West Midtown
Address: 1200-B Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: (404) 352-5811

All praises due to my friend and business partner, Tory "Grim" Edwards for putting me on to this magnificent place back in April of this year!!!  If you've never been here, you are truly missing out on something special.  The food is great, the place always seems sunny and bright (due to the many windows and the white paint on the walls), and the service is extremely prompt and courteous.  I mean, what else could you ask for??

As you see in the picture above, there's a line hanging outside the door.  That line is pretty much there anytime you go.  Don't let it frighten you.  Yes, the restaurant is busy.  But, there's not much room for a line on the inside so they have to push it out the door.  It may not be as bad as you think.  However, here comes plus number 1 - MARGARITAS.  While you're waiting in line, they allow you to walk inside and order a drink from the bar (I recommend the frozen margarita) and take it back outside while you wait.  Beat that!!!  Also, don't forget to grab a menu while you're waiting.  Remember, the line is long so you don't wanna play the folks behind you.

As you peruse the menu, you'll notice that it is not littered with a million items.  While some may argue that this displays a lack of variety, you'll appreciate it later when your food shows up hot and fresh almost less than five minutes later.  Like many Mexican restaurants, Taqueria Del Sol will bring you some tortilla chips and salsa to your table.  However, I ALWAYS order the Salsa Trio and some Queso Dip to go with my chips.  Their queso is amazing!!!  And, it comes out piping hot!!!

Now, after ordering, depending on how busy it is, there is the potential for an adventure. It's kinda frowned upon to sit down before you've ordered so you may find yourself racing to beat someone to a table a la Musical Chairs.  Or, you could be waiting briefly until someone gets up.  It's never too bad.  It seems like someone is always coming in and going out here like a mini food factory or something.  You'll be fine. 

Now, while I've tried a respectable portion of the menu, there's nothing better than their specialty - TACOS.  I usually order 2 fried chicken tacos and one fish taco.  Feel free to order the beef brisket taco if you like.  It's not one of my favorites but to each his own.  They keep the tacos pretty simple.  Some tartar sauce here, some jalapenos there, a little lettuce and tomato and VOILA, Magic (Future voice)!!!  When you bite into them, you'll instantly notice the non-Taco Bell, non-Moe's-ish quality about the tacos.  There aren't hundreds of flavors and textures bursting in your mouth all at once.  It's even, consistent, and delicious throughout.  The chicken and the fish are seasoned very well and the sauce and peppers compliment them well.  And, if you're really feeling good, dip your taco in the queso dip!!!  Oh boy (Jazze Pha voice)!!
The only bad thing I can say about Taqueria Del Sol is that is closes in the middle of the afternoon to prepare their dinner menu.  Very often, I've driven all the way to Howell Mill from the eastside (Decatur where it's greater) and the place was frickin' closed!!!  *insert BBM angry face*  Other than that, I love this place!!!  I think you will too.

Stop by and let me know that you think.

Happy Eating!!! 

Grade: A
What's Great: Food, Prompt Service, Prices, Margaritas
What Ain't: Waiting in line, Seating (sometimes)
Ideal For: EVERYONE 

Taqueria Del Sol on Urbanspoon


Asia Bryant said...

You know this my spot!! had to post!!! Love This place eat it!!!

Asia Bryant said...

Love this Place!!!!!!

Nick Love said...

Taqueria Del Sol is the ish!!!

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