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Monday, April 21, 2014

Atlanta's Best Taco: A Tournament of 16

Warning:  The following may be inappropriate for children under the age of 13 and those who think the best taco's are made by a talking Chihuahua

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The taco is a simple, yet expressive culinary delight brought to us by our friends South of the Border.  They can appear under their traditional Mexican guise, or in an eclectic package that includes Korean BBQ and even Beef Tongue Tacos.

I'm not referring to this "South of the Border"
As with the Hamburger and Sandwich Tournaments, we have four divisions.  These divisions are named after actors that are iconic in the action genre and vaguely relate to a certain type of Taco.

Some establishments will have multiple entries and deservedly so.  For example, Taqueria Del Sol has two entries and they are both weekly specials and not on their regular menu.  This is an absolute tragedy and I've asked them to get these up during the next month.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.

We've hit many different Taqueria's as well.  Mexican joints that happen to have incredible taco's and authentic Taqueria's that are phenomenal and probably are the best "bang for your buck" in Atlanta.

Here is the bracket and your divisions.

The Clint Eastwood Division:

"I'm not sure how many taco's I've ate.  5, maybe six.  So tell me punk, do you feel lucky?"

These are taco's that you would expect a man's man to eat.  Full of meat and an unpretentious presentation.  If you are nursing a hangover, these are the taco's that will hit the spot.

Holy Taco- Beef Tongue
Holy Taco- Pork Belly
Bone Garden Cantina- Carne Adobo
Bone Garden Cantina- Beef Barbacoa

The Sly Stallone Division:
Sly has enough PED's running through his veins to power a small country
The gourmet taco has evolved from the traditional fare.  Just like Stallone, who was an every man with his characters including Rocky and Rambo (movies he wrote, by the way).  Then he "jumps the shark" and makes Rhinestone and later becomes this guy in the picture above.  In some cases it works, like in The Expendables, then in some cases, he is a true parody of himself.

If you look at the selection below, these taco's would not have existed 20 years ago.  Thank god for innovation.

Taqueria Del Sol- The Philly
Verde- Short Rib Taco
Tin Lizzy’s- Buffalo Shrimp
El Taco- Fried Chicken

The Bruce Lee Division:

The Asian/ Korean Taco has really set the Taco World on fire.  You go to any Food Truck event and the Yumbii truck is lapping the competition.  And if you haven't tried it, Hankook (the brick and mortar Korean taco establishment) laps Yumbii in quality.  And Heirloom is a Korean BBQ joint that happens to make incredible brisket and has the best BBQ sauce in Atlanta.

Hankook- Pork
Hankook- Fish
Heirloom BBQ- Brisket Taco
Taqueria Del Sol- The Bob

The Erik Estrada Division:

I tried to find a Hispanic actor who defines the action genre.  But then again, what defines true hispanics more than "Double E" from CHiPS???  A Hispanic motorcycle police officer from SoCal?  Count me in.  And the man can sing too!

Here are Estrada Division Taco's:

Nuevo Laredo- Tacos de Cameron
Nuevo Laredo- Tacos Mole Pollo
Tacos La Villa- Chorizo
El Senor Taco- Baja Fish

Good luck to all of the taco's and feel free to give me feedback on your thoughts.  This is Atlanta's Best Taco, not The Dry Rubs!

Today's Footnote:

I love creativity with taco's, but this was going WAY over the line.  Just embarrassing.

Completely absurd

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