Category Archives: Mexico

Taco Tour of Marietta

As I mentioned in my earlier post on Taqueria Acapulco, my boyfriend has an obsession with taquerias – the sketchier the better.  When he told me he wanted to organize a taco tour of Marietta, where he works just outside of Atlanta, I knew it would be something fun to write about.

Some of you may know Marietta to be a classy suburb of Atlanta, but I’m here to expose you to the latina neighborhood that is the red-headed stepchild of Marietta that the Marietta Square goers would rather not exist; however, it arguably has the best Mexican food in the area.

The plan was to hit up 3-4 taquerias that are all in a 2 mile radius of each other on Franklin road.

First stop: Mercado Real de la Villa

Location: 550 Franklin Rd.,  Marietta, GA

Counter where you order

Overall Ranking: 1st place

Taco Price: $.99

Pros: Cheapest tacos, Mexican Coca-Cola, tacos & gorditas, fresh salsa selection, full market in the front

Cons: Taco size was the smallest of all 3 taquerias

We each tasted 2 different tacos here which was already a mistake since we had 2 more taquerias to visit!

2nd Stop: El Cuate

Location: 677 Franklin Rd SE # E, Marietta, GA

El Cuate - I am the Duchess of this place on Yelp, I dare you to dethrone me.

Overall Ranking: 3rd Place

Taco Price: $0.99

Pros: Do it yourself salsa/condiments bar, cheeky cashier, connected to a Mexican night club that the cashier invited my boyfriend to go to, and no sales tax…

Cons: We were the only customers, blaring Latino soap operas. Cash only.

Translation: CHEAP FOOD


3rd Stop: Mi Pueblito

Location: 1033 Franklin Road SE, Marietta, GA

Taco Price: $1.50

Overall Ranking: 2nd Place

Pros: Had an extensive menu (with pictures!), table service, free chips & salsa

Cons: Most expensive tacos of the tour even though they were the same size as El Cuate’s

Taqueria Acapulco – Atlanta, GA

My boyfriend has a not so secret obsession with taqueria dives and has found quite a few little gems around Atlanta.  This past Saturday we passed up the trendy Taqueria del Sol (not grimy enough for the boyfriend) and headed just a few doors up the street to Taqueria Acapulco, which looks like a seedy convenience store from the outside with bars on the windows and money transfer signs taped up everywhere.

The front of the store is a mini Mexican grocery (bodega) but the back is where they have a few tables and a small kitchen that serves up some of the tastiest $1.50 tacos I’ve had in Atlanta.  We tried the lengua (cow tounge), asada, barbacoa, and chicken tacos which were all superb.  I enjoyed the lengua more than I thought I would but the barbacoa was definitely the tastiest of the bunch. We were impressed by the size of these tacos compared to others we’ve seen and the fresh salsa verde and pico de gallo that were served on the side were both muy rico.  We washed the tacos down with 500 mL bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola, that’s made from real cane sugar instead of the corn syrup that’s used in American Coke.

There’s also a meat counter where you can buy cracklin’, cow tounge, goat, and all the normal Mexican whole goods like fajita and adobo spiced meats.  You can also buy all the Spongebob  pinatas you’d ever want.  Ademas, to top it all off there’s even a hair salon upstairs and a money transfer desk – a one stop shop!

Last night I cooked up the fajita spiced chicken that we bought from the meat counter and I have to say I am never going anywhere else for my fajita meat.  It was $2/ lb and marinated in fajita goodness.  Here’s a picture to show you just how well seasoned this meat really was:

I checked in on Yelp and earned my first Dukedom – bonus!