I photographed the Original El Taco for the Virginia Highlands Patch newspaper on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. El Taco has taken Tex-Mex and infused it with a more traditional authentic flair. A part of the Fifth Group family of restaurants the Original El Taco is a lively and fun experience for residents and visitors to the Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. These are my favorite images of the restaurant.
The Orginial El Taco is located at 1186 N. Highland Ave. and offers patrons table, booth and bar seating, an outdoor patio, a salsa bar with five housemade sauces, a full bar with a wide variety of tequillas and the Wheel of Taco.
The Original El Taco serves up the pan-roasted cod with tomatoes, charred jalapenos, and capers over a bed of roasted potatoes. The dish is paired with a frozen mojito.
The Orginial El Taco offers patrons table and booth seating.
The Original El Taco offers patrons, table, booth and bar seating as well as a salsa bar with five housemade sauces, a full bar and the Wheel of Taco which is spun once an hour for free prizes.
The Original El Taco serves up the chile en nogada, a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with spiced beef and topped with an almond sauce and pomegranite seeds. The dish is paired with a hibiscus infused El Jimador repasado tequilla mixed with a splash of soda, agave nectar and lemon juice.
The Original El Taco offers patrons a full bar with a wide selection of tequillas.
The Original El Taco serves up the roasted chicken taco, right, with cilantro, crema, guacamole, and fried jalapenos, the fried chicken taco with grilled corn, chili-lime mayo, and crumbled Mexican cheese, the housemade chorizo taco with fresno arbol salsa, potato and raja and the veggie taco with roasted summer squash, peppers, charred onions, black beans and queso fresco. The tacos are paired with the tornado, a jalapeno infused Toro Azul Blanco tequilla, cilantro, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave nectar and housemade sour mix.
The Orginal El Taco offers patrons an outdoor patio with table seating
The Original El Taco serves up the queso royale with a pan of melted Mexican cheese, jalapenos, housemade chorizo, chile rajas, charred onions, a side of guacamole and lime salted chips.