So here’s how it came about……Audra and I were on a road trip coming back from seeing Kenny Chesney at the FloraBama and were talking about jobs and such. Since I am currently unemployed after 24 years with Merck, she asked me what I wanted to do with my life. Even to my surprise and without hesitation, my response was “something having to do with food”. I was equally surprised by Audra’s response that she was looking for someone to help her do restaurant reviews for her blog.
The song playing on the iPod was one of our fave B52 songs, “I was heading down the Atlanta Highway” which provided a bit of inspiration for where I want to kick this boondoggle off! Every other week, Ms. AHA and I will head down the Buford Hwy looking for hidden gems and fun places that many might be timid to try.
Tuesday, after much research, we decided to try out El Rey del Taco Taqueria at 5288 Buford Highway. I will sum it up in two very translatable words…Muy autentico!
We started out with the guacamole dip and chips which was chunky and full of flavor. The chips were just like you get in Mexico…a little thicker than Tostitos and salted to perfection. They were served with a hair curling red salsa and a much tamer green salsa that was muy delicioso!
I was particularly excited about seeing two things on the menu that I had enjoyed on a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which you don’t normally see in most Mexican restaurants:
Chilalquiles: Are similar to an American version of nachos, but much better! Corn tortilla chips, delicioso queso, poblano pepper and your choice of red or green salsa. We chose the green (verde) which was amazing!
Michelada: Cold beer of choice (we chose Corona) on the rocks prepared with lime and tomato juices with a spicy valentine sauce. Audra summarized it perfectly by likening it to a bloody Mary spritzer. Very unique and refreshing! ($7.50)
For our entrees, we ordered a variety of tacos, which are all hand made tortillas ($2):
Audra enjoyed all BUT the Barbacoa because it is a stronger taste. I really liked it and you should try it if you are a fan of lamb or other gamey meats
We ordered side dishes of radish and grilled onions, which were fresh and delicious! ($1 each)
We ended our feeding frenzy with a Tres Leches cake ($4.50): Audra was not impressed because she likes a moister version. I liked it because it was more firm and not as candy sweet as some I have tried.
El Rey Del Taco is definitely worth a trip for an inexpensive, tasty cultural experience! We both have 7th graders at PCMS who are beginning in Spanish classes and agreed it will be on the Anders/Moncrief field trip destinations to visit for the dining and language experience!
p.s. Please comment on this post if you have a favorite Buford Highway restaurant….we might add it to our list!
Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement. The owners of El Rey del Taco have no idea that we are even writing this article. They saw us taking pictures and taking notes but we aren’t even sure they could understand what these two overeating gringa amigas were talking about!