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
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
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.
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