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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!!!

May 4, 2012

Top 10 Places To Cinco Your De Mayo in Atlanta

Ok, folks.  Cinco de Mayo is TOMORROW!!!  And, if you know like I know, you're aware that every NON-Mexican person in the ATL will be turnt up off of tequila and tacos from say noon til about 3 in the morning.  Smh.  I'm not exactly sure how this became National Drinking Day in the USA but it is what it is and there's no turning back now.  So, where will YOU be Cinco-ing your De Mayo??  If you're still undecided, ATL Bite Life is giving you our Top 10 Places in the A to get some "drank in your cup" (Kirko Bangz voice) and some tortillas in your belly on May 5th.

2149 Briarcliff Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 325-8151

One of my interns actually put me on to this spot a couple months ago.  The place is pretty much brand new and it sits right in the Emory University area.  Thanks to the kindness of one of the bar managers, I had the opportunity to sample a few of their tequilas.  This is why I don't have any pics of the place that aren't fuzzy.  Lol.  Tomorrow, they are doing $2 Jimador Shots, $3 Tecate, and $10 26 oz. Veev Margaritas.  WOW!!!

4 Locations in the Metro Atlanta area

Love this place!!!  I've only been to one of the locations (Akers Mill by Cumberland Mall) but the rooftop patio alone at this location is reason enough to get your Cinco on.  If you go, get the Nachos Grande and some jalapeno queso dip.

The Nachos Grande at Cinco Mexican Cantina
950 W. Peachtree St Suite 220 
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 881-8887

This is one of my favorite spots in the city.  Yes, it's in Midtown which, for reasons I won't mention, can make some of my less tolerant non-Midtowners slightly uncomfortable.  But, the food is really good (try the bang bang shrimp taco) and the drinks are very strong. 

180 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 574-5678

I'm not exactly sure what a Hacienda is but I do know that I really use to like this place when I was going thru my "Castleberry/Peters St is the greatest thing in Atlanta" phase.  But, I've gotta admit that after I started to venture out and try other Mexican spots around the city, I fell out of love with No Mas pretty fast.  In my opinion, it's a little too pricey for what it is and how it tastes.  *shrug*  However, I hear that their Cinco de Mayo celebration is off the chain!

4 locations in the Metro Atlanta area

Once again, I've only been to one of their locations (the one in downtown Woodstock) but the rooftop patio is just as fly as the one at Cinco.  The food was a little "ehh" but the drinks weren't bad at all.  If you're looking for a spot to just pour some Patron down your gullet without a whole lot of food to absorb some of that alcohol, this might be a good choice.

The chicken quesadilla that I didn't eat at Pure Taqueria
2 Locations in the Metro Atlanta area

I've driven past the Peachtree St location a million times over the years but my very first time going in was like a couple of months ago for a meeting with Young Jeezy (who claims he's a foodie).  It wasn't bad.  I played it safe with the chicken quesadilla and a couple of tacos.  No complaints.  That Texas margarita I washed it down with wasn't bad either.  The selling point for Cinco de Mayo though - the front patio faces Peachtree St.  #Win

Young Jeezy's quesadilla at Uncle Julios
14 Locations in the Metro Atlanta area

Ahh, the memories I have of La Parilla.  I was actually arrested in the parking lot of the Howell Mill location one time on my way to my beautiful PR friend Tamiko Hope's birthday party.  Smh.  She's actually the one who put me on to this place.  But, don't let that little tidbit deter you from the goodness of La Parilla.  Quality food and great drinks is what they serve here.  While you're there, you MUST try the Marga-Rona/Corona-Rita.  INCREDIBLE!!!  Basically 2 drinks in one.  Margaritas and Corona at the same damn time (Future voice)!!!  In years past, the crowd at La Parilla on Howell Mill has been borderline legendary.  So, if you're gonna go, you may wanna get there early and post up.

The Marga-Rona at La Parilla
3 Locations in the Metro Atlanta area

This place seems to be the default spot for Mexican food lovers in Atlanta.  Every Cinco de Mayo story I've ever heard from my white foodie friends begins with "This one time, I was at Tin Lizzy's. . . ".  Very American Pie-ish.  Lol.  From listening to the radio this morning, it sounds like Q100 (or maybe just The Bert Show) is doing something for Cinco de Mayo at the Buckhead location.  If I heard correctly, there's a 5K run attached to the event too.  If you go, let us know how it goes.

3 Locations in the Metro Atlanta area

Our love for Taqueria del Sol is pretty well documented.  Their food is the standard by which we hold all other "Taquerias".  We've never done Cinco de Mayo here but I hear it's a jolly good time once that sun starts beaming and that covered patio gets full of margarita drinkers.  Make sure you grab a couple of fried chicken tacos while you're there.  Also, once you're nice and drunk, try not to throw those oranges on the big square table at anyone.  I've heard that that is frowned upon.  Lol

Margaritas at Taqueria del Sol
550-C Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-4494

I can not tell a lie.  I'm not a fan of Loca Luna at all.  The food is beyond mediocre to me.  However, to not tell you that this place is gonna be a ZOO on Saturday would be doing my readers a disservice.  Loca Luna will probably be the most packed place in the city come 3pm.  So, if you like big crowds and long lines, this is the place for you.  But, if you want good food and good drinks, there are 9 other suggestions above.  

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Maurice Garland said...

thanks for this list, i was hoping yall would do something like this.

Unknown said...

We had to do it!!! It seems like ALL our folks are gearing up for Cinco de Mayo and they needed suggestions. Glad we could be of service.

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