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More Tacos at La Parrilla

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Although La Parrilla is a chain with more than ten stores in the metro Atlanta area, LC and I reluctantly agreed to join friends AA and SP for dinner at the Toco Hills location. They love it and assured us we would too. LC and I arrived first and decided to wait at the bar where we ordered our first round of margaritas. Decor is traditional Mexican…festive blankets, sombreros, and such adorning the brightly painted stucco walls. Mexican tiles add a touch of authenticity.

Our wait was brief as our friends arrived before the drinks. We moved to a nearby table and started with the standard dips by which all Mexican restaurants are judged: salsa, queso and guacamole. Salsa here is thin, just coating the freshly fried tortilla chips, but spicy enough to satisfy. The queso was the variety I prefer, soupy and made with white cheese and jalapenos. We requested our server prepare the guacamole tableside…a bit of a show! The result was fresh and tasty, but not spicy despite the diced jalapenos.

La Parrilla’s menu features favorites like fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas, but also offers grilled entrees like salmon and steak tampiquena. Nevertheless, LC and I rarely stray from our taco routine. He ordered his usual fish taco while I ordered my usual carne asada and a pulled pork to share, all on corn tortillas. Our second round of margaritas arrived as we waited for the tacos. Toppings were typical…slaw, jalapenos and chipotle mayo on the fish, onions and cilantro on the beef. Quality and flavor were better than average.

This evening, everyone had a sweet tooth, so we tried an order of churros, long doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and an order of flan, decorated with whipped cream and fancy spun sugar. We ate every bite.

Although I have a general distaste for chains, La Parrilla has a winning formula of Tex-Mex favorites made with flavorful meats and fresh fixin’s. After all, it’s hard to screw up Mexican!

2945 N. Druid Hills Road 678-403-3831

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