Food & Drink

Tacos, Macked

Yes, we know. Money and gas are super tight. But that’s no reason to haunt the 99-cent menu of every Tom, Dick, and Wendy’s within driving distance.

Degrease a wrapper and grab a pen. The Original El Taco opens Tuesday.

The new taqueria in VA-HI/Morningside does modern interpretations of Tex-Mex dishes. Traditionalists will go for chili cheese enchiladas; creative cravers will stay for pork belly tacos and Mexican Coke floats.

Exec chef/partner Shaun Doty’s take? Effortless and fun. The proof: an open salsa bar; SCAD-commissioned murals of lucha libre figures, Frida K., and tacos; a roulette wheel for win-a-drink contests.

The casual setting (did we mention the margarita machine?) means you won’t need fancy threads to make a night of it. And you know what that gives you.

Another day, another dollar.

The Original El Taco, 1186 North Highland Avenue, Morningside (404-873-4656).

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1186 N Highland Ave NE
@ Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306