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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mi Barrio Mexican Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
La Oaxaquena Taqueria (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Superica (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Among the sea of Mexican restaurants to choose from - most with overcooked Spanish rice, runny refried beans, and chefs who can't pronounce 'quesadilla,' Nuevo Laredo Cantina is the needle in a haystack. Their authentic specialties, including chicken mole, chile relleno, and pork tender brisket, willmore...
Among the sea of Mexican restaurants to choose from - most with overcooked Spanish rice, runny refried beans, and chefs who can't pronounce 'quesadilla,' Nuevo Laredo Cantina is the needle in a haystack. Their authentic specialties, including chicken mole, chile relleno, and pork tender brisket, will transport you to the Mexican campo, minus the cost of a plane ticket. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best place to eat slutty Mexican food without feeling like a slut BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Elmyriachi

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican fusion BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Holy Taco

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Runners-up:


Mi Barrio


571 Memorial Drive, 404-223-9279


AND


Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best torta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Taqueria La Oaxaquena
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you've had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat lovers willmore...
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you've had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat lovers will rejoice. Vegetarians will be tempted. 605 Mount Zion Road, Jonesboro. 770-960-3010. www.taquerialaoaxaquena.com. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Runner-up
Taqueria del Sol
359 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-7668; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
La Oaxaquena Taqueria (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Dining at LA OAXAQUENA TAQUERIA used to sometimes be difficult because of the limited seating. But the restaurant has moved to an expansive new location where there’s plenty of seating and parking. The salsa and condiment bar is full of the same pristine choices. The sopes have the requisitemore...
Dining at LA OAXAQUENA TAQUERIA used to sometimes be difficult because of the limited seating. But the restaurant has moved to an expansive new location where there’s plenty of seating and parking. The salsa and condiment bar is full of the same pristine choices. The sopes have the requisite qualities of greatness — a crispy crust, soft masa center and fresh toppings. And there are tacos galore. But the restaurant's famous tlayudas — a specialty of Oaxaca resembling a large pizza made with a crunchy tortilla base and topped with chewy strings of Oaxacan cheese — are impossible to pass up. 605 Mt. Zion Road, Jonesboro. 770-960-3010. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
La Oaxaquena Taqueria (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
This is a difficult call every year because metro Atlanta has so many authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of them, however, are taquerias. In fact, ZOCALO operates a taqueria itself in Grant Park. But its Decatur and Midtown locations offer more substantial menus. The chili en nogada — a stuffedmore...
This is a difficult call every year because metro Atlanta has so many authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of them, however, are taquerias. In fact, ZOCALO operates a taqueria itself in Grant Park. But its Decatur and Midtown locations offer more substantial menus. The chili en nogada — a stuffed poblano pepper with walnut-cream sauce, garnished with pomegranate seeds — is a seasonal favorite. But you should also try anything with the restaurant’s homemade mole sauce. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
187 10th St. 404-249-7576 http://www.zocalocreativemex.com This is a difficult call every year because metro Atlanta has so many authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of them, however, are taquerias. In fact, ZOCALO operates a taqueria itself in Grant Park. But its Decatur and Midtown locations offermore...
187 10th St. 404-249-7576 http://www.zocalocreativemex.com This is a difficult call every year because metro Atlanta has so many authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of them, however, are taquerias. In fact, ZOCALO operates a taqueria itself in Grant Park. But its Decatur and Midtown locations offer more substantial menus. The chili en nogada - a stuffed poblano pepper with walnut-cream sauce, garnished with pomegranate seeds - is a seasonal favorite. But you should also try anything with the restaurant's homemade mole sauce. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
La Oaxaquena Taqueria (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
La Oaxaquena Taqueria (Where to Eat Recommendation)
For a true taste of Mexico in Atlanta, you need to head to the suburbs. That's where you'll find the small mom-and-pop eateries that serve the regional specialties of the owners' homelands. Our current fave is TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUE̱A, a crowded matchbox of a restaurant that serves tlayuda, a gloriousmore...
For a true taste of Mexico in Atlanta, you need to head to the suburbs. That's where you'll find the small mom-and-pop eateries that serve the regional specialties of the owners' homelands. Our current fave is TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUE̱A, a crowded matchbox of a restaurant that serves tlayuda, a glorious dish from Mexico's western state of Oaxaca. A jumbo-sized, griddled tortilla is spread with bean paste and piled with a riot of other ingredients (meat, string cheese, avocado - even radishes!) to create the ultimate stuff-yourself-silly finger food. But don't stop there: The tacos and tamales here are incredible, too. "6738 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. 770-960-3010." less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Silvia's Pastry
Pozole stew in a red chili broth served with limes and avocado slices on the side. Rich, intoxicating mole sauce spooned over chicken with smoky pinto beans on the side. Meatballs served in a tomato sauce laced with the haunting flavor of chipotle pepper. The food at SILVIA'S PASTRY may not be what youmore...
Pozole stew in a red chili broth served with limes and avocado slices on the side. Rich, intoxicating mole sauce spooned over chicken with smoky pinto beans on the side. Meatballs served in a tomato sauce laced with the haunting flavor of chipotle pepper. The food at SILVIA'S PASTRY may not be what you think of when you crave Mexican, but it should be. The thing that really elevates Silvia's to the top of the heap is their homemade tortillas. Supple and fragrant, they're so fresh they burn your hands when you take them greedily from their foil wrapper. But it's worth it. "6065 S. Norcross Tucker Road, Norcross, 770-496-4550." less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Oh ... Maria! (Permanently Closed)
Though they've regrettably scaled down the menu to more closely resemble that of sister restaurant, Zocalo, OH ... MARIA! still serves the most authentic modern Mexican cuisine in town. Languish in the hopelessly romantic setting, sip a margarita made with surprisingly smooth tequila, and try some ofmore...
Though they've regrettably scaled down the menu to more closely resemble that of sister restaurant, Zocalo, OH ... MARIA! still serves the most authentic modern Mexican cuisine in town. Languish in the hopelessly romantic setting, sip a margarita made with surprisingly smooth tequila, and try some of the memorable dishes that still linger on the menu, including pescado Veracruz - red snapper stuffed with huitlacoche, a corn fungus that is way more delicious than it sounds. "3167 Peachtree Road. 404-261-2032. www.ohmaria.com." less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Oh ... Maria! (Permanently Closed)
3167-G Peachtree Road 404-261-2032 http://www.ohmaria.com In addition to having one of the most complete tequila selections in Atlanta, Oh ... Maria! serves the city's most authentic gourmet Mexican food. From the same owners as Midtown's Zocalo, Oh ... Maria! makes no concessions to the chips 'n' salsamore...
3167-G Peachtree Road 404-261-2032 http://www.ohmaria.com In addition to having one of the most complete tequila selections in Atlanta, Oh ... Maria! serves the city's most authentic gourmet Mexican food. From the same owners as Midtown's Zocalo, Oh ... Maria! makes no concessions to the chips 'n' salsa crowd, so bring adventuresome taste buds and extra cash (it's not a cheap place). Demonstrating the possibilities of Nueva Latina cuisine, the restaurant offers intriguing dishes like the Ecstasy de Maria (a ribeye steak on a banana leaf) and the Pescado Ver-a-cruz (grilled snapper in green mole), all in a gorgeous dining room that suggests the most luxurious plaza in Mexico. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
El Azteca Mexican - Buckhead
Tacos, tortillas, enchiladas, rice and beans, chalupas and chimichangas, chips and chile con queso, cervesa and more cervesa. It's all, how you say, mucho autentico y delicioso, more or less. Anglos love this hometown chain but so do recently arrived Latinos. And pretty much everybody else packs in,more...
Tacos, tortillas, enchiladas, rice and beans, chalupas and chimichangas, chips and chile con queso, cervesa and more cervesa. It's all, how you say, mucho autentico y delicioso, more or less. Anglos love this hometown chain but so do recently arrived Latinos. And pretty much everybody else packs in, too. Why? Like any successful multiple-unit operation, God is in the consistency. If you like it at one stop you'll like it at the next. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Frontera Mex-Mex Grill
Magnets for gringos and Latinos alike, the Atlanta-based chain offers reliable, authentic, home-style cooking in several locations. At two units, affordable, wide-ranging Sunday brunch buffets feature authentic versions of classics such as ceviche, posole, menudo, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, porkmore...
Magnets for gringos and Latinos alike, the Atlanta-based chain offers reliable, authentic, home-style cooking in several locations. At two units, affordable, wide-ranging Sunday brunch buffets feature authentic versions of classics such as ceviche, posole, menudo, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, pork tips in tomatillo sauce and unusual desserts — all washed down with horchata and accompanied by ranchera musicians less...

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