Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
One recent Taurus birthday party was at El Azteca in Sandy Springs, a family celebration with lots of kids. But that didn’t stop the birthday boy from having a couple of shots of tequila.
But first, our table of 16 or so ordered some food….chips and salsa with guacamole (the chunky, freshly prepared style) and cheese dip to start, of course. The quality of their chips is inconsistent, although they were quite good on this visit.
El Azteca, with numerous locations, has become somewhat of an institution in Atlanta. The margaritas are weak and made with the traditional cheap sour mix and they still offer a multitude of combinations….could I get a #124 por favor? From tacos with ground beef on old-fashioned hard shells to enchiladas filled with cheese and covered with….what what? That’s right, more cheese, you can count on El Azteca to deliver the quintessential cheesy Mexican experience.
What El Azteca lacks in the food department, they make up for with their enormous patio. Really, there is nothing I’d rather do than sip a salty, tangy margarita in the sweltering Summer heat. I decided to buck tradition and ordered one of those new-fangled “skinny” margaritas, made with fresh lime juice rather than the aforementioned cheap sour mix that LC loathes.
We split the combo fajitas, a mix of grilled steak, chicken, and shrimp, gorging ourselves on chips and dips while we waited. It was a huge platter, served with the usual suspects….rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and “standard” guacamole as opposed to the chunky “homemade” style. Why bother having two kinds of guacamole? My guess is the standard kind is purchased in bulk rather than being made in-house, probably delivered in those big institutional boxes fitted with a spout. Tasty.
Certainly enough for two people, we were puzzled that the fajitas came with only three flour tortillas. Me and LC loaded ‘em up. I ate a shrimp and noted it was oversalted, a problem which was masked by the fixin’s. Then I tried some steak. Again, a bit too salty. LC agreed. The worst offender, however, was the chicken. It was so salty that we both found it inedible.
Another margarita hit the spot as we wished PC a happy birthday….cheers my Taurus friend!
5925 Roswell Road 404-252-7347