These days, if you mention Latin food to Atlantans, I wouldn’t be surprised if food trucks, or carts as they are often known, enter the conversation early and often. In that respect, it’s kind of funny that I, along with a couple of buddies, stumbled upon La Carreta Taqueria in Marietta.
La Carreta, whose given name is La Carreta Hispanic Grocery and Taqueria, translates as “the cart” or “the wagon” depending on which Hispanic country you find yourself in. In reality, this full-service restaurant and amended market does little to remind me of those mobile eateries popping up all over the country.
I have no real framework for La Carreta’s history and popularity. Until I drove past and ultimately around and up to the free standing building, I had neither heard of nor knew of anyone who had been to it. Thus, I don’t know who runs it, where they come from, or how long La Carreta has been there. Follow up research online turned up a seemingly devout following via a few social food sites but little else. Maybe it’s the proximity to The Big Chicken that leaves me so surprised. With that in mind, on with a longer than usual post.