Deciding on where to eat can be tough in a city as full of great spots as ours. That’s why, every week we’re going to a new spot and giving you the inside scoop. We’re telling you the best time to go, the best seat in the house and, of course, the best food and drink you can order. This is The Low Down.
When You’re Going
Unless you have time for a long lunch, we would recommend hitting up any of the TDS locations for dinner. After all, a margarita makes everything taste that much better. Also, just a heads up, Taqueria Del Sol is closed every Sunday and for Monday dinners.
Where You’re Sitting
When most people think of Taqueria Del Sol, the first thing they think of is the line. The long line full of people standing between you and those glorious tacos. Well, if you are dining solo or with a very small party, you can skip the line and go straight to the bar. It’s full service and you may even make some new friends while there! That is, if you can force yourself to not dive head first into a bowl of queso as soon as it hits the tile.
What’s in Your Glass
Go ahead and give in; you’re getting the margarita. You can make your own – choose from dozens of tequilas and then the rest of the fixins. Or, like us, go with the Westside Margarita. Made with Herradura Reposado and Patron Citronge, it’s very tasty, and potent, so be careful!
What’s On Your Plate
The tacos are definitely on the front of most people’s mind when they come to Taqueria Del Sol. But for us, the real star is the ever changing weekly specials. Each location has different rotating food specials that run one week at a time. There’s always a special taco. Recent offerings have been cheeseburger, carnita and mushroom and hot chicken. There is also a seafood and a blue plate special for lunch. There are two specials that we anxiously wait for every year; the country fried steak and the shrimp and grits. Like true Texans, they make a monster sized portion of country fried steak and lay it on a pile of mashed potatoes and ladle on the jalapeño gravy. We will only judge if you don’t lick the plate afterwards. And the shrimp and grits? Wow. Just wow. The shrimp is perfectly plump and nestled into sweeter than normal grits and to balance it all, covered in a jalapeno and tomato sauce. Sweet and spicy, and totally worth the wait.
There are three Atlanta locations of TDS; West Midtown, Decatur and Cheshire Bridge. For addresses, go to www.taqueriadelsol.com/
For a behind the scenes look, check out Taqueria Del Sol on Atlanta Eats: