The 11 Best Mexican Restaurants in Atlanta

Try one of the best 11 Mexican restaurants in Atlanta.
  • Crispy nachos await at El Felix and Superica.
    Crispy nachos await at El Felix and Superica.
  • What's Mexican without margaritas? Enjoy a vast selection at Rosa Mexicana.
    What's Mexican without margaritas? Enjoy a vast selection at Rosa Mexicana.
  • Superica has a lovely patio but also a gorgeous interior.
    Superica has a lovely patio but also a gorgeous interior.
  • Alma is a treasure in the sea of chain restaurants downtown.
    Alma is a treasure in the sea of chain restaurants downtown.
  • Zocalo's Midtown patio is a lovely way to spend a warm evening.
    Zocalo's Midtown patio is a lovely way to spend a warm evening.

Mexican food is the cuisine that everyone loves. It is flavorful, affordable. Here are our picks of the best 11 Mexican restaurants in Atlanta. 

  1. Agave - With its Southwestern decor and beautiful brick walls, Agave is certainly a romantic restaurant. Splurge and get the fried lobster tail. Another great dish is the scallops and shrimp with jalapeno grits. Still, many love the cayenne fried chicken breast.

  2. Alma Cocina - Located downtown, Alma is short walk from many of the downtown attractions and a world away from the chain restaurants that fill the area. The menu is divided into various sections, but the share plates are much more suited for adventurous eaters. Get the huaraches – crisp corn masas with different toppings like goat or shrimp.

  3. El Taco Veloz - With locations all around the city, this is your fix when you just want a fabulous taco or three. The prices are cheap but the food is incredible. Oh and don’t forget to wash it all down with a horchata (cinnamon/rice drink).  

  4. Nuevo Laredo - Definitely off the beaten path but a favorite of many Atlantans is Nuevo Laredo in the area between Smyrna and West Midtown. It is super crowded on weeknights, but worth a short wait for the enchiladas.

  5. Rosa Mexicana - If there’s an upscale spot for Mexican it is Rosa in Atlantic Station. The decor is absolutely lovely including a waterfall wall. Keep it simple with chicken tacos or pork carnitas. Or get fancy with beef topped with mole sauce or chicharrón-crusted fish. Tip: Rosa  also has vegetarian and gluten-free menus.

  6. Rreal Tacos - Chef Adrean Virrael is serving up the cuisine he grew up eating at Rreal Tacos in Midtown. The restaurant is modern and industrial looking with concrete floors but also has bright colors to add a touch of warmth. The pork trompo is on display on a spinning skewer as you enter. The beef barbacoa and pork carnitas are also good choices at this affordable spot.  

  7. Superica - Located in Krog Street Market, Ford Fry’s Superica is a pretty spot, like his other Atlanta restaurants. Want to know a secret? There’s a duplicate at Avalon in Alpharetta under the name of The El Felix. Get the Pollo Perfecto, a crispy chicken leg and thigh covered in mole sauce.

  8. Taqueria del Sol - Find lots of delicious menu items here: the salsa trio starter (verde, asada and fresca), shrimp corn chowder, Memphis taco (smoked pork, jalapeño cole slaw, tequila BBQ sauce) and the fish taco with a poblano tartar sauce.

  9. Tacos and Tequilas - There are two locations: Buckhead and Midtown. Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to peruse the expansive menu. You can’t go wrong with the skirt steak -- my favorite item to order here.

  10. Zapata - A bit off the beaten path is Zapata in Norcross. The signature dish is molcajetes with chicken, beef, shrimp, cheese, peppers and onions in it. The dish is served up piping hot with the strips of meat hanging off the side and is perfect for sharing.

  11. Zocalo - A fabulous patio in the heart of Midtown? Check. Guacamole made to order? Check. Cuisine by an award-winning chef? Check. These are all the reasons Zocalo is one my favorite Atlanta spots for Mexican.

Looking for other types of cuisine around town? Find your next tasty meal in Atlanta here.

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram.

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