It seems like nearly every denizen of the metro Atlanta area has made at least a handful of trips to the unusually situated Nuevo Laredo Cantina. Located in Atlanta’s version of no man’s land [though I’ve lumped it in with the Westside], it’s a wildly popular Tex-Mex spot with a dedicated following. Often times, it’s publicly lauded; and so far as my experience has gone, privately snickered at. Still, I’m not 100% sure why I’m penning this piece, as I don’t have any startling revelations to offer up. I’ve been there as many times as most, and I’ll play it out as I see it.
As mentioned, NLC doesn’t attempt to be authentic Mexican. Instead, it focuses on the Mexo-American cuisine of towns like Laredo, TX. As logic would follow, I’m as baffled by those who walk out slamming Nuevo for its lack of authenticity as I am by those who praise it for its traditionalism.