Holy Taco

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My mini food tour of Atlanta continues, and I was in need of some Mexican food. Sure, Atlanta isn’t the first place you’d think of when you’re looking for some Mexican food, but, if a city’s making it, I’m trying it. So, I was off to Holy Taco. To play off of the name, the decor fits its namesake with paintings and pictures of some crosses, mixed with a bit of a Dia de los Muertos vibe.

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They focus on a modern Mexican cuisine with a seasonal and locally influenced menu. I started off with their Organic Margarita, mainly because, I don’t think I’ve technically had an organic margarita, and I’ve tried many margaritas. So, yeah, it tasted like a regular margarita, but, it was still lovely and refreshing (and yes, I know you can’t taste organic).

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To start, as an appetizer, I ordered their Ecuadorian Salsa (pureed San Marzano tomato, serrano chile, scallions) and Guacamole (smashed avocado, onion, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro, lime) with chips. These were both awesome, along with the chips. The salsa had a really nice, fresh flavor with a little kick of heat, and the chips were crisp, perfectly salted, and a little bit on the thicker side, making them excellent little salsa and guac shovels. The guac was great, really fresh as well, excellent texture and just the right amount of spice.

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Then, I got two tacos, Vegan (black beans, saffron rice, avocado, radish, Ecuadorian salsa) and Fried Mahi Mahi (mexican slaw, chipotle mayo), both on corn tortillas. So, to my surprise, I actually favored the Vegan taco a bit. Wrapped in two tortillas, for extra filling support, this was a really substantial taco. You really can’t go wrong with the combination of ingredients here. All the flavors went so well together, and the salsa added some heat to round out the creaminess of the avocado, while the beans and rice added some heft. The fish taco was really nice as well, the fried Mahi Mahi had an excellent crunch, and I really enjoyed the slaw as well. I was maybe just missing a little bit of salt on the fish, just to bring out the flavors a little bit more, but, you can always add it afterward, to your taste and liking. 

The Shorts:
Name: Holy Taco
Location: 1314 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. What I actually liked just as much as the food, was the service. The staff was super nice and made the experience really great. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, they also have patio seating in the front. So, on a nice day, grab a drink, some snacks and tacos, and enjoy it all al fresco. 

The General Muir

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Still on my trip to Atlanta, it was time to find a great brunch spot. Now, I’m from NYC, home of the deli (I think that’s our motto?). So, when I see there’s a New York style Deli in Atlanta, well, they have some high bars to meet. I wanted to check out what they had to offer at The General Muir. With a menu full of some classic deli menu items, and some with a twist, the restaurant itself is beautifully light, open and inviting.

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I wanted to order both of the platters they offer, but, after being informed that they were for two people (and my dining partner with a specific food allergy), I had to forego and look to the single portion dishes. But, hey, more of a reason for me to go back. Either way, everything sounded amazing, and I decided to order the Fish and Potatoes (smoked salmon over latkes, sour cream, apples, arugula, lemon). This was fantastic. The greens were so lovely, and the lemon and salt with the arugula really actually stood out to me. But then, underneath you really have the treasure. The smoked salmon is abundant and fresh, a simply delicious. The latkes were crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and full of flavor, and went especially well with the apple sauce and sour cream on the side. It’s not a complicated dish, but it certainly didn’t have to be as fantastic as it was. I’m just a fish a potatoes kinda girl (that can be a thing, right?).

The Shorts:
Name: The General Muir
Location: 1540 Avenue Place, Suite B-230, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. It was like a little taste of NYC in Atlanta. And, those platters are calling me.
Would I recommend it? For sure, the dining room is beautiful, the service is great and the food is a real winner. And even if you don’t have time to sit, they have a deli counter where you can grab some deli staples and baked goods to-go.