REVIEW: Plaza Fiesta, Buford Highway, Chamblee
One of my favorite things about Atlanta, is its pockets of ethnicity and charm. A distinct element of any culture is their food and Americans have come to embrace the foods of other cultures as we do its people. My lunch buddy Angel and I, had a wonderful experience going to Plaza Fiesta for lunch and then returning again for more. I love this place, because it is a part of the story that makes up America.
When I grew up in Atlanta, Lenox was the only mall that I remember. Northlake Mall came along, followed by Perimeter Mall and a whole host of other, smaller shopping malls sprouted up too. Unfortunately, for many malls their lifespan is often cut short. The overall economy has a huge effect, but also local economic and demographic changes take their toll as well. Plaza Fiesta, in the spirit of Atlanta, is a phoenix that rose from the ashes as is now a model of gentrification for today’s shopping centers. [Read Jan 26, 2016 WBAE 90.1FM story about Plaza Fiesta]
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Today, Plaza Fiesta is a vibrant epicenter of the Hispanic community proclaiming the tagline “El rinconcito de neustro pueblo” which means “The corner of our town”. Combining shopping, fun activities, and dining; Plaza Fiesta brings the mall experience with a distinctly Latin flair. If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t let that stop you from going! Much of the signage is in both English and Spanish (but not all), and merchants generally speak enough English to allow you to make a transaction.
Angel and I made a quick walk around Plaza Fiesta before making our way back to the food court. I should also add as part of my research, I found a brilliant article on Creative Loafing, A newbie’s guide to eating at Plaza Fiesta by Brad Kaplan. Thanks, Brad! Your article helped us tremendously.
We got started at Je Mar Cevicheria. If you aren’t familiar with ceviche, you’re in for a real treat. Served cold, the seafood of your choice is cooked by the acidity of either lemon or lime juice. Mixed with cilantro, sliced tomatoes, and avocado, it’s a real delight and this ceviche is some of the best! At $3.75 each, its also a fantastic bargain!
Next, we ventured to the outside of the mall to Carnitas Michoacan where I ordered the Enchiladas Michoacan which is served asada and fried potatoes. The asada is a thinly sliced steak, difficult to prepare correctly because its so easy to make this thin steak though. This was done nicely though – very easy to chew and eat, with a nice flavor. I enjoyed the potatoes as well, not greasy and done thoroughly. I was disappointed in the enchiladas though as they didn’t have much flavor. I should have paid closer attention to Brad’s article. #smile
Finally, we stopped at Squisito Pastelería & Café (pastelería means “pastry shop” in English). I spotted a Chocolate Oreo cake on our travels and had to go back for dessert. One thing I might add to our visit is to bring your VISA card because many places do not take American Express.
Plaza Fiesta is an absolute blast! This is about as close as you can get to going south of the border without boarding Delta. Viva Plaza Fiesta! Guten appetit!