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ALL THE BEST SPOTS FOR DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY TACOS IN ATLANTA

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SAMANTHA DIMAURO

JUL 8, 2019

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Atlantans, rejoice. A plate of tacos doesn’t have to be your “cheat” meal anymore! All around the city you’ll find taco spots packing their tortillas with pure, powerful flavors that’ll fuel your body and your foodie dream of a wholesome handheld.

Not only do these spots serve insanely delicious, good-for-you takes on traditional taco recipes, they may just be your new go-to for Taco Tuesday (or any day for that matter). You can thank us later.

This trendy Mexican cantina in Midtown features a classic taco menu dedicated to dishing out the most authentic flavors. Order a trio of tacos spotlighting delights like grilled Argentinian shrimp and citrus-braised carnitas. Feeling extra hungry? Go big and order the Poblano Coleslaw or Elotes Callejeros alongside your tacos.

If you’re craving savory veggies and proteins overflowing in a warm, corn tortilla, this taco spot will answer your prayers. Holy Taco in East Atlanta is the place to go for a seasonal, locally-influenced menu featuring unique taco fillings like roasted beef tongue, Tewksbury Farms’ young goat, and fried catfish. To get the full experience, sit outside under the vine-covered patio on a humid day, order a plate of cold water oysters to start, and cool off with an organic house margarita.

The folks behind Rreal Tacos in Midtown wholly believe in wholesomeness. They’re all about using natural, local, and organic ingredients and rolling them up into a seasonally-inspired menu. Make your own taco, choosing from bases like beef barbacoa and crispy avocado with refried beans, and dress them up with farm-fresh, house-made toppings like chayote slaw, serrano peppers, salsa tomatillo, and pico de gallo, to name a few. Don’t worry — there are no bad choices here.

You can bet the red peppers at this taqueria in Brookhaven, Buckhead, and Decatur are organic, Georgia grown, and packed into handcrafted tortillas alongside a medley of unique flavor combos. Try the Lamb Pibil topped with aji chili remoulade, or eat your greens and order the Kale Me Hungry featuring blackened shrimp and kale slaw drizzled with avocado ranch. Pair your meal with a signature cocktail like the Karma Mule and consider your taco mission accomplished.

Bone Garden on the Westside of Atlanta is on a mission to serve authentic Mexican meals made from scratch, every day, and they’re doing just that. Husband-and-wife team Michael and Kristen Benoit designed this hole-in-the-wall, Day of the Dead-inspired cantina with a taco menu that’s to die for. If you’re feeling bold, order the Lengua taco (seasoned, cubed Beef Tongue) or Barbacoa de Chivo (slow-braised goat). But for a real treat, try the Flor de Jamaica — a vegetarian taco with hibiscus flowers, avocado, and jicama-carrot relish.

There are no easy decisions at this upscale taco spot in Midtown. First, you choose between a bibb lettuce cup or house-made corn masa tortillas as your food vessel. Then, you choose whether to stuff it with delights like seared tuna with Sriracha lime crema or pork belly doused in citrus BBQ sauce. And with a veggie taco featuring yellow squash, zucchini, cremini mushrooms, and red chimichurri, we don’t blame you if you throw your hands up and try one of each.

Takorea in Midtown (with outposts also in Dunwoody and the Upper Westside) offers the most unique taco you’ll eat in Atlanta. Seamlessly melding traditional Mexican cuisine with Korean flavors, Takorea’s menu is packed with bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Indulge in “takos” made with spicy Korean BBQ-style pulled pork, or find something that’ll suit your taste buds on their vegetarian menu, like tempura-fried portobellos with jalapeño-cilantro ranch. We’re drooling just thinking about this place.

Brookhaven and Atlanta’s Westside are blessed with the crisp, fresh tacos boasted by Verde Taqueria. If you’re feeling bold, try their Medi Chicken tacos packed with grilled chicken, chili-lime hummus, lettuce, feta, and a Mediterranean vegetable blend. It’s so good you could eat it with a spoon. If you’re looking for something lighter, you can’t go wrong with the Sweet Chili Shrimp tacos.

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