Atlanta restaurant reviews, culinary news, and gluttonous gossip by admitted foodaholic Serina Patrick

La Hacienda…New Mexican in Midtown

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Midtown Atlanta’s dense population of restaurants includes many of the Tex-Mex variety. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to hear the old Silver Grill spot on Monroe would soon reopen as La Hacienda, the first intown location of this small OTP chain. (Details are sketchy, but it appears there is one in Fayetteville and Newnan.)

However, initial reviews of the food were unflattering to put it nicely. I purposely neglected to mention this to LC when I suggested we dine there. It was a hot summer afternoon and I wanted to check out their rooftop patio and get a taste for myself.

Parking was easy for Midtown as the restaurant has its own lot behind the building, who’s yellow stucco exterior reminded me of a lovely hotel in Cabo. Once inside, we were impressed with the architecture and decor. Not nearly as kitschy as most Mexican restaurants, La Hacienda achieves an authentic vibe with adobe tiles, arched doorways, rustic wood tables, intricate wrought iron pieces and a reproduction of one of Frida Kahlo’s famous self-portraits.

As we climbed the stairs to the roof the temperature rose, however, there were fans keeping guests cool once we reached the top. I was expecting awesome views of Piedmont Park and Midtown, but discovered the view to be completely obscured by a billboard. No worries, soon I’d be gazing at the salted rim of my margarita glass!

The extensive leather-bound menu was impressive, offering every possible combination of tortillas, meat, and cheese from enchiladas to tacos. There is also a section of traditional Mexican favorites like carne asada and chilaquiles. In an effort to avoid the items labeled unsavory by others, I suggested we share fajitas.

We ordered the combination steak and shrimp fajitas. The great thing about fajitas is the sizzling platter comes with all of the fixin’s to make your own gringo tacos: tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream. We requested corn tortillas and jalapenos on the side.

Our margaritas were refreshing, made with fresh squeezed lime juice and agave. We nibbled on chips and their nice and spicy salsa, but our wait was brief as our fajitas arrived in less than ten minutes. Although our server had to climb those stairs repeatedly, service was swift.

As we dug into the platter of thin strips of decent steak, nicely cooked shrimp, onions, and peppers, I informed LC of our friends’ unsatisfactory report of their dining experience here. Thankfully, everything we ordered was edible.

Few meals with LC end without something sweet, so we ordered the flan. Like everything else we tried, it wasn’t spectacular, but certainly on par with most Mexican restaurants in town. I was especially pleased with the massive quantity of whipped cream.

Despite the rooftop patio’s obscured view and the average food, I wouldn’t mind whiling away a summer afternoon at La Hacienda, sipping on margaritas and pretending I’m back in Cabo.

900 Monroe Drive NE 404-941-7890

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