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Tacos and Tequilas (Two Things I Love)

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Longtime friend SP and I decided to enjoy the beautiful summer weather while sipping margaritas, but where? There are numerous Mexican restaurants within a short drive, most with a patio. Then, she suggested Tacos and Tequilas, the newest tenant in the building across from Ponce City Market. For whatever reason, none of the previous tenants have been successful, so I was skeptical. However, SP confirmed the restaurant had a patio, so I was willing to give it a whirl.

The space was much larger than I had imagined, with upscale furnishings and a lively atmosphere, but we didn’t linger inside, instead heading straight to the spacious patio where we started with margaritas and the impossible-to-resist pairing of chips and guacamole.

With a name like Tacos and Tequilas, it wasn’t surprising to see a lengthy list of specialty margaritas, including what has become my regular choice, the skinny (or organic) margarita. Fresh lime juice and agave nectar replace the sugary sour mix that gives LC heartburn. Their guacamole was just fine, but like most gringo guac, it lacked jalapeno.

My margarita disappeared quickly. SP wanted to try the crispy calamari so we ordered it along with a second margarita for me, plus a shot of El Jimador blanco. More tequila! Calamari was presented with two dipping sauces, but unfortunately, the rings of squid were overcooked and chewy.

Now that I had tried the tequila, it was the taco’s turn. SP ordered a fried fish taco with slaw and I decided on a pork carnitas taco. I was impressed that our server asked our preference…flour or corn tortillas. We both chose corn, of course. When they arrived on flour tortillas, a manager was nearby to quickly rectify the error. My taco was served in authentic Mexican style, topped with diced onion and cilantro. I was pleased.

Tacos and Tequilas does a pretty good job with both. Add another Mexican patio to that list!

650 Ponce de Leon 678-705-5955

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