REVIEW: HOLA Taqueria & Bar, Roswell, North Fulton
Leaving the office for lunch is a rare occurrence for me. Heck, most days I’ll just eat at my desk. Today though was different. I’d had my sights set on HOLA Taqueria & Bar for a week or so and it’s not too far from my office so a co-worker and I headed down Holcomb Bridge Road to Roswell.
Upon entering the restaurant you lose the feeling of any traditional Mexican restaurant vibe because it’s a modern, open, urban, trendy, industrial look. One of things I really like about HOLA Taqueria & Bar is their comfortable seating. The booths are spacious and inviting. The chairs at the tables are large, comfortable and supportive. I love the inside of this restaurant because its somewhere that you could come and spend a few hours watching the game and be perfectly comfortable the entire time. With College Bowl season coming up, that’s a good thing to keep in mind! (Note to self!)
We were seated right away and met our server. She was so cool and I could immediately tell that we were going to be well taken care during our visit there. She got our refreshments quickly and was able to answer all of our questions about the menu.
We were served chips and salsa and ordered some queso with jalapeños. We both particularly liked the homemade chips and salsa. The salsa was really interesting and not too spicy for those faint of heart. I should have asked for extra jalapeños in the queso, but for the meek these were just fine.
My guest chose the Carne Asada Taco with the corn tortillas that features grilled skirt steak and onions with cilantro and salsa. The meat was cooked to his liking and the steak was surprisingly tender for that cut. He enjoyed it immensely. He chose black beans and he seemed to enjoy them as well.
I went with the Camarones Taco which is grilled shrimp with kale and a chipotle tartar sauce inside of a flour tortilla. Much to my surprise the shrimp were butterflied (a plus in my book) and cooked just to the point of being chewy without being rubbery. Perfection! The chipotle tartar was a subtle zinger that was intriguing without overwhelming the smoky, grilled flavor of the shrimp.
For my sides, I followed the server’s suggestion of the Jalapeño Corn and Charro. I figured you can get Spanish Rice anywhere, so why not try the Jalapeño Corn. There’s nothing but a small strip of jalapeño but the flavor of jalapeño was infused into the corn and it tasted awesome. The Charro is Pinto Beans, which I think is cooked in chorizo that is a spicy pork. End result is fabulous. I mean this is right up my alley and I could eat this for a meal. I need to find out if I can get a quart for take-out.
So, let’s get real. I killed this dish and loved every minute of it. I called our server over and mentioned “Do you remember when you asked me if I wanted two or three tacos? Can I get TWO more?” Of course she agreed and I tried them on the corn tortillas just to check, but I have to say that I prefer the flour tortillas more. Obviously, it’s your personal preference and taste.
What a fantastic lunch! I was packed to the gills and ready for a nap! Now I remember why I seldom do lunch out – I don’t want to go back to work! Good friends, good food, a really cool server who took great care of us – what more could you ask for? See you next time at HOLA Taqueria & Bar. Guten appetit!