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The Original El Taco

The Original El Taco

Mexican Restaurant and Taco Place$$$$
Virginia Highland, Atlanta
85 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • frozen mojito
  • pork carnitas
  • el short stack
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  • Raymond A.
    Tortilla soup.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 15
    There aren't many places that offer chicken liver tacos, but this Virginia-Highland restaurant is one of them. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelApril 21
    Been here 10+ times
    The chips are awesome. Try not to fill up on them.
  • Pete W.
    Pete WeimannFebruary 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Wide variety of tasty margaritas and tequilas. Thumbs up on Mexican pizza.
  • Timber
    TimberFebruary 12
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken tacos are the best!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsOctober 7, 2015
    Check out The Original El Taco as it was featured on Taco Trip for Mexican and southern fusion. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Chorizo taco was nice.
  • Jahzen A.
    Jahzen AlojwëizekJune 12, 2015
    Nothin bad about it .
  • Andrea E.
    Andrea EhresmanJune 6, 2015
    Don't forget to hit up the salsa bar! The Demonic mango, habanero salsa is legit! Flavorful and spicy!!
  • AJC
    AJCMay 13, 2015
    After a few spins of the wheel, and an order of queso royale, we dive into a frozen mojito. And it's just what it sounds like - rum, mint and lime, blended and served frozen.
  • Elle G.
    Elle GreenMay 11, 2015
    The food was "meh" to me.They didn't have the tequila I wanted.The waiter kept rushing us to order & they forget to give us our "wheel" tickets. I liked that they put radishes in our guacamole though.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LampeJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun Fact: If you don't order the fried chicken taco, you disrupt the order of the universe. Also, the owner of the restaurant comes and slaps you in the face.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LampeJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    "A true revelation!" - Me, upon tasting the cheese dip
  • Ayesha G.
    Ayesha G.August 30, 2014
    Fried chicken tacos. Best queso I have had in Atlanta
  • Ayesha G.
    Ayesha G.August 8, 2014
    Finally found a taco that measures up to my Texas expectations....this place is a must try if you are looking for good Texas style tacos. The fried chicken is delicious and so is the queso & guac!!
  • AJC
    AJCAugust 1, 2014
    It embodies a dignity Sala never could claim while retaining a totally casual attitude -- the kind of place where families feel as at home as frat boys. Read more
  • Joy C.
    Joy CameronJuly 27, 2014
    The smoked chicken and chorizo tacos are divine. 😍😍😍 This place makes you leaving here wanting more. The chalkboard menu has great options as well.
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SomozaMay 10, 2014
    Have the el short stack!
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Wolitzky will investigate Challah, Babka, Coffee Cake & Rugelach and how these breads and pastries symbolize great moments with family in the South at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 5/29-6/1. Read more
  • Micah
    MicahJanuary 12, 2014
    The fried chicken tacos are delicious!
  • Rashid M.
    Rashid MuhammadOctober 25, 2013
    Two words: Oxtail Soup
  • Matt M.
    Matt MichelsonSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
  • Austin R.
    Austin RussellJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Definitely try the new BLTaco. The Red Fish taco is not to shabby either.
  • Molly S.
    Molly SandmanJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The jalapeño margarita is delicious!
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FordMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The sangria and classic trio is the perfect fix for a long day.
  • 4sqATL
    4sqATLMay 10, 2013
    Thank you to The Original El Taco for being a 2013 Atlanta Foursquare Day sponsor. Read more
  • Tracy
    TracyApril 29, 2013
  • Austin R.
    Austin RussellApril 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Nacho libre: thursday nights 8:30 - 10:30
  • Matt S.
    Matt SellersApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried chicken taco is fantastic, but the smoked chicken is a good sleeper pick.
  • Belinda A.
    Belinda AllenMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the fish tacos. Not spicy, just delicious!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JonesMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grapefruit Margarita FTW!
  • TJ
    TJFebruary 19, 2013
    I can't remember what type of margarita this is, but it's not the house nor the Texas one. It's a lot stronger. I think Aguva or whatever is in it. All I know is I like it.
  • TJ
    TJFebruary 19, 2013
    Definitely try the Roasted Chicken Taco and the Home-made Chorizo Taco. Definitely two of my favorites. And the salsa is good too.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HewittFebruary 17, 2013
    Hot with the toddler crowd. (Seriously, how many under 3 year old kids are there in here right now?)
  • Sunny -
    Sunny -January 29, 2013
    Danny is great. Love the El Feature drink:)
  • alem e.
    alem e.December 17, 2012
    ...gotta try the fish taco...pork taco...hell all their tacos...even the veggie taco is good and im a meat lover so you know it has to be good...
  • Dee B.
    Dee BNovember 4, 2012
    Their tacos are great and drinks are creative! Go and enjoy yourself!
  • Austin R.
    Austin RussellOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Green Chile Chicken enchiladas are a must
  • Chris Y.
    Chris YatesJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Danny, Wes, et al will steer you straight with a salsa trio & jalapeño margarita! Don't miss out...
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJune 22, 2012
    Try the Carnitas, Veggie, & Smoked Trout Tacos - My meal!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJune 22, 2012
    Try the Caipirinha, Different Salsas, & Chips - Watching the #NBAFINALS & grubbing!
  • Helencarnate
    HelencarnateMay 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Fried chicken tacos and fried fish tacos. Fried deliciousness.
  • Christina W.
    The fried chicken taco is to die for. Don't forget to order chips so you can try out all of their salsas from the salsa bar.
  • Taunja P.
    Taunja PeguesApril 13, 2012
    I love the Key Lime Margarita
  • Steve T.
    Steve ToneyMarch 9, 2012
    Danny is the best server I've ever had. So nice and knowledgable.
  • Peter
    PeterJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Three words: el short stack.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LampeJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Right after biting into a fried chicken taco, your life will flash before your eyes. Mainly because you'll wonder how you went this long in your life without this taco.
  • Steven N.
    Steven NgheDecember 21, 2011
    The Fish Taco is really, really good.
  • David B.
    David BrockOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Stop by the bar and say HI to Hillary
  • Jan S.
    Jan SauerOctober 22, 2011
    Great margarita
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