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 District Miami

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While my hotel in Miami Beach was beautiful and had some fantastic food and beverage options, it’s important to branch out and experience some local gems. So, I entrusted in some locals to take me in the right direction, straight to The District Miami.

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They serve contemporary Pan-American cuisine, with the best dishes of North, South, Central America and the Caribbean, in a really warm environment with exposed brick and wooden clad walls. You’re brought out some little rolls to start, or as I’ll refer to them as, little butter bombs of deliciousness. They’re warm, with a slight crispness on the outside, but pillowy on the inside, a little sweet, and melt in your mouth.

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To drink, I had their El Limo (Don Julio Tequila, grapefruit puree, lime, spice). I can always have my drink a little spicier, so I think this one could have gone a little boost further, but it was a really nice drink, a bit of sweetness and tartness with a very smooth tequila. 

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To start, we had to get their Sweet Yellow Grilled Corn (chipotle mayo, crumbled feta cheese, ancho). Man, I love corn, especially when it’s served like this. Each little cob comes skewered, so you can save yourself from some of it getting all over your fingers. The corn was sweet, crisp, and coated with a creamy chipotle mayo, and a touch of salt and texture from the feta cheese. 

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I can never pass up octopus, if it’s on the menu. So, I ordered the Cast-Iron Octopus (quinoa, sweet peppers, cilantro, roasted eggplant puree, olive vinaigrette). We’ll get the minor issue out of the way, which was, I wish there was a bit more flavor to the quinoa, a touch of salt, a little pepper, just to enhance the sweet peppers and creaminess of the grain. But, there are little dots of olive vinaigrette, which, if combined with the quinoa, add for that perfect saltiness. Don’t even bother using that for the Octopus, because it’s perfection and doesn’t need anything added to it. It had the perfect amount of char on the outside and totally tender on the inside, with excellent flavor and pretty much melts in your mouth, just like those little butter bomb rolls. 

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Then, I had the Tuna Tacos (tartare, guacamole, Togarashi peppers, scallions, yuzu mayo, toasted sesame seeds). These were so delicious. What I immediately noticed, and loved, was that these were served in root-chips instead of the regular tortilla (think Terra chips, the white one with red flecks…yeah, you know which one I’m talking about). The tuna was fresh, generously portioned in the mini tacos, and the other components went so nicely, complimenting each other’s flavors.

The Shorts:
Name: The District Miami
Location: 190 NE 46th Street, Miami, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. The aesthetic is great, the service is wonderful, and the food is on point. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Everything on the menu sounded delicious, so, you might have a tough time deciding, but I’m sure you’ll love whatever you choose. Insider tip from my fellow diner, “the best burger I’ve ever eaten”. So, there’s that.