REVIEW: Taqueria del Sol, Cheshire Bridge, Atlanta, Fulton
I was embarrassed. I mentioned to someone in our office, I’d never been to Taqueria del Sol and people’s heads snapped around – WHAT?!? Okay, okay, but it always seems so crowded. Well DUH! That should tell you something right there, huh?
I have good reasons. Melanie has not been fond of Mexican food for some time. It just doesn’t agree with her. Also, Taqueria del Sol is just over 20 minutes from our office so it’s not a close lunch. But, on this day, I swore to make the journey, and the extended lunch, and check these guys out. My interest has been piqued every since Melanie and I left after reviewing JCT Kitchen in Westside Provisions District and saw the line outside of the Taqueria del Sol. I resolved to find out what THAT was all about.
There’s now three locations in Atlanta (Westside, Cheshire Bridge and Decatur), one in Athens and another in Nashville. On the way is a new Taqueria del Sol opening around Q1 2017 in the new Peachtree Crossing development near Chamblee with Whole Foods as the anchor.
The folks at Taqueria del Sol have something delicious that people are willing to stand in line for (yes, just expect it) and that spells out GOOD TIMES for diners. On our visit, there was plenty of indoor seating available and we were able to walk right up to the counter. Throughout our meal, the line fluctuated from 4-5 deep to almost out the door (and this was after 1 o’clock).
My friend ordered chips and queso with jalapeño and I had to have a taste. I’ve been to hundreds, if not thousands, of Mexican restaurants in my lifetime and I have to say this queso is unique. There is a creaminess within it that cannot be described, it must be experienced. So good!
My buddy ordered a Beef Brisket with Green Chili Sauce which he says was fabulous (as usual because that’s what he always orders). I want to try a few things so I got the Fish Taco, the Roasted Chicken Enchilada with Red Chili Sauce, the Jalapeño Coleslaw and the Shrimp Corn Chowder. Let me tell you, throughout this article I’ve lumped Taqueria del Sol into the “Mexican restaurant” genre. Once I tasted this food, I threw that idea out the window. I’m not sure show you classify this foodie goodness but it is fantastic maxed out. If you love spicy food, you will love the way the food is seasoned because you get the kick and can still taste the natural flavor of the meat and other ingredients.
My visit to Taqueria del Sol was fun-filled, enjoyable and enlightening! This was just a fantastic casual dining experience. Now I understand what all the fuss is about and why people will stand in line for this food. Chef Eddie Hernandez is killing it with Taqueria del Sol! It is certainly one of our MUST EAT at places in Atlanta. Guten appetit!