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  • Writer's pictureCheré Dastugue Coen

Authentic Mexico in downtown Atlanta

Updated: May 31, 2022

Buford Highway is a food lover's dream!

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Photos Courtesy of Discover DeKalb CVB

When I moved to Atlanta last year, friends and family reacted with silly Southern accents. “Y’all moving to Georgia?” they would playfully ask, imitating the Sugarbakers of 1980s “Designing Women.” The feedback was funny for two reasons: Most of my friends and family members hail from Louisiana, which owns several unique accents, including Southern, and Atlanta is one of the country’s most diverse cities of the world. Yes, you’ll find Southern accents here, but if you travel down Buford Highway in DeKalb County, you’ll likely hear dozens of world accents.

On this Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the Mexican forces overtaking their French colonists, it's a day for authentic Mexican cuisine. The word here is authentic! If you’re searching for true Mexican and less of the commercialized fare, take a drive down Buford Highway in Atlanta. According to my friends at Pineapple Public Relations, here are a few places that offer real Mexican cuisine.

La Pastorcita - 3304 Buford Highway, NE.

Must have – Tacos al Pastor

Taqueria la Carreta - 3375 Buford Highway NE

Feeling daring – try the Cabeza, Lengua, and Chorizo Taco Trio

El Potro Mexican Restaurant - 3396 Buford Hwy NE

Popular pick – Tacos de Carnitas

Taqueria La Nortena - 4166 Buford Highway NE

Fan favorite – Shredded Beef Empanada

El Taco Veloz - 5084 Buford Hwy NE

Must have – Barbacoa Taco

Taqueria del Rey del Taco - 5288 Buford Highway NE

Don’t miss – Fajitas

Monterrey Mexican - 5406 Buford Hwy NE

Top order – Chimichangas

Need more?

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Photos Courtesy of Discover DeKalb CVB

The Plaza Fiesta Cinco de Mayo Celebration will be Sunday, May 8, 2022, at one of the largest LatinX shopping malls in Georgia. There will be live mariachi music, bands, games and prizes, not to mention stores selling authentic Latin American apparel and hand-painted tableware.

There’s also the Buford Highway Farmers Market, a 100,000-square-foot grocery megastore. Since 1974, the market has offered a vast variety of exotic produce.

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

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