Taco news from Erica at The Reynolds Group:
Chef Adrian Villarreal opens first concept in Atlanta early this fall
Executive chef and owner Adrian Villarreal will debut Rreal Tacos, a colorful and flavorful taqueria, in Atlanta’s bustling Midtown early this fall. Chef Villarreal’s first independent concept, the eatery will offer a dynamic social atmosphere and vibrant Mexican fare inspired by Villarreal’s Mexican heritage.
Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, chef Villarreal has honed his skills in renowned restaurants both abroad and in Atlanta, where he most recently served as chef de cuisine to chef Richard Blais at The Spence, executive chef at TAP Gastropub and as chef de partie at JOËL Brasserie. At Rreal Tacos, he’ll combine these skills with Mexican traditions of his childhood.
“I am thrilled to introduce Rreal Tacos,” said Villarreal. “Many of the concept’s elements stem from my experimentation with different techniques and flavors in my pursuit to redefine familiar and authentic Mexican cuisine, and I can’t wait for everyone to try it out.”
Fresh, responsibly-sourced seasonal ingredients will shine on Villarreal’s inventive, traditionally-inspired menu. Charred corn tortillas will be served in lieu of the more familiar fried chips, however, a variety of customizable tacos will be the main attraction. Atlantans can look forward to options ranging from grilled adobe chicken to whole grilled fish and Villarreal’s iconic pork trompo. All tacos will be served on soft corn tortillas and topped with organic cilantro, onion and lime. A selection of soups and salads will be offered including Abulea’s salad made with iceberg lettuce, nopales, tomatoes, mango, avocado and queso dressed with Villarreal’s grandmother’s famous cilantro dressing.
A variety of festive beverages ranging from daily agua frescas to craft cocktails such as the “Paloma,” “Michelada”, “Cuba Libre,” and of course a selection of margaritas will be offered. Seasonal empanada dulce and a basket of crystalized fruits are just highlights from Rreal’s unique dessert menu.
Villarreal worked with HopArch architecture and Blue Ox Construction to bring his vision for the restaurant to life. Juxtaposing rustic concrete floors and high ceilings with brightly colored accents, the modern space is at once industrial and contemporary. Guests can expect elements of stained pine accented by authentic Talavera tiles and red pendant lighting.
110 6th Street 404-680-5318