Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria Del Sol: Inside The Chef’s Kitchen 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 01, 2010

eddie hernandez - taqueria del sol ITCKWhile executive chef Eddie Hernandez may not be a household name, his restaurant chain sure is.  Ask someone to get tacos in this town, and there is a good chance that they’ll suggest one of the three Taqueria Del Sol locations as their destination du jour.  Started a few years back with a single location over on the Westside, the restaurant now stretches across Atlanta’s waistline like Orion’s Belt.  With locations on Cheshire Bridge and in Decatur, this taco bar empire has even showed up in Athens.

At the epicenter of this tortilla fest is founding chef Eddie Hernandez.  Along with Mike Klank, the duo opened the Westside location way back in 2000 [Holy Crap! That’s 10 years ago].  You may have caught wind of that; this past month TDS celebrated their anniversary with a handful of events.  They also made an appearance at the Souper Jenny Food Truck Extravaganza.  If anyone is capable of handling all the running around, it’s Hernandez.  The politically inclined gent once served as the mayor of Rosebud, TX.  How’s that for a career change?

In any event, Hernandez has turned in his pen and paper and taken up a knife and tortilla maker.  Thankfully, he found some time to join us for a little Q&A on this week’s edition of Inside The Chef’s Kitchen.  Taqueria Del Sol is as popular as ever, and Hernandez is the reason.  So get your Mint Julep (it’s Derby Day after all), kick back … and welcome to ITCK!

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Taqueria Del Sol Restaurant Review In Pictures: Chile Rellenos And All – Westside, Atlanta, GA [Quick Hits] 9

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 18, 2009

taqueria del sol - is that a table food of mexican, or are you just happy to see me? by you.

I think it would be presumptuous of me to assume that the majority of the people who happen upon this little love of mine have no idea about Taquería Del Sol.  In that spirit, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this little chain of taco bars (aka taquerías) is the darling of Atlanta’s Mexican restaurant scene.  For better or worse, TdS seems to roll off a number of tongues when the conversation turns to “What Mexican restaurant do we want to eat at?”

With four locations locations, a strong following, and more visits under my belt than I could possibly remember, it was only a matter of time before I felt the need to drop some lyrics on my fellow foodie groupies.  However, given the circumstances, most notably my lack of free time right now, I thought it might be nice to just hit ya’ll with some pretty little pictures and a few notes.

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Celia’s Carniceria Y Supermercado In Norcross: Mmmm … Tacos [Great Finds] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 11, 2009

celia's carniceria - signage celia's carniceria - dos tacos celia's carniceria - salsa tray

People often say that bloggers, critics, and the like get the most pleasure from writing a scathing note.  While I can’t speak for the rest of them, I’ll tell you that this guy gets the most joy out of recapping an impromptu meal that was anything but expected.  It doesn’t happen often, but when it does … you’ll find me smiling wider than the Cheshire Cat.

That smile hit me during a little excursion to Norcross.  Thanks to the predictably unpredictable Atlanta traffic, I found myself twiddling my thumbs while my dinner buddy battled the bumper to bumper.  Idle hands, being what they are, led me to go for a stroll in the Merchants Square Shopping Center that housed our destination.

Seeing as the strip was peppered with a mix of eateries, and I was armed with a Titanic sized appetite, it was time to be productive.  I decided a snack was in order.  The stroll actually took me the length of the walkway; it seemed nearly every place that peaked piqued [THANKS DG!] my interest was either closed for dinner or closed for good.  Still, I kept walking, and whether it was a consequence of fate or the dumb luck of free will, I ended up circling around the back of the center only to find a Mexican supermarket.  Celia’s, with a demonstrative sign and quirky sombrero incorporated into the logo, was it.

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Verde Taqueria Restaurant Review – Brookhaven, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 28

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 15, 2009

So last Tuesday (yes – el Cinco De Mayo), a friend whose culinary prowess dwarfs my own, decided to join me for lunch.  She was in the mood for some margaritas; and, Verde Taqueria, the newly opened Brookhaven taqueria, got the call.

verde taqueria - the entrance wayWhile the delay in getting this up could be attributed to a busy week, that’s not really the case.  From what I have been told, this is the first foray into the restaurant biz for the owners.  Given the fact that these guys are getting their feet wet in every respect, I wanted to make sure I put things in the appropriate perspective.

While all new restaurants deserve some leeway, one such as this (rookie owners, low price point, casual atmosphere) gets a bit more of a pass.  Meanwhile, franchises, chef driven restaurants, and pocket pinching establishments(think BLT Steak or Dogwood) need to be relatively well run right off the bat.

Though I fear this may sound particularly harsh, the meal was pretty unimpressive and left me apprehensive.

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Proof That Famous People Eat Crappy Food: Ashton Kutcher stops by Tin Lizzy’s

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 27, 2009

So apparently … this is big news.  The AJC decided to write that Atlanta was tweeting when Ashton Kutcher showed up at Tin Lizzy’s in Buckhead.  Uh … I did a handful of searches on Twitter, and the one I linked to had 4 posts (more than any other search).

What can we all learn from this?  Just because you’re worth millions doesn’t mean you have to eat expensive food.  Mmmm… nothing like paper tortillas and over priced meat!  Now if we could only get Ashton to stop in at La Pietra Cucina before it closes for a month to renovate.

Verde Taqueria To Open Soon In Brookhaven 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 13, 2009

According to their website, Verde Taqueria and Cantina is scheduled to open by the end of April.  No word on a firm date; however, I drove by today and noticed that the restaurant looks like it’s ready to rock.  The installation is over at the Village Place shopping center in Brookhaven.  Their website is fully functional and their menu is up.  Looks like your pretty standard fare; however, there are a couple of twists [see: buffalo tofu taco].  I’ve taken the time to add it to the April Dirty List

Verde Taqueria y Cantina Restaurant Address & Information:
1426 Dresden Dr, Atlanta, GA 30319 // P: 404.254.5319 // Verde Taqueria Website // Verde Taqueria Menu

The Original El Taco Restaurant Review, Virginia Highlands – Atlanta, GA 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 17, 2008

1186 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Restaurant Website
Restaurant Menu

So a friend of mine is on her way to the Original El Taco, so I am throwing up this old review from about a month ago. In fact, this was from 11.17.08, so that’s exactly one month! Spooky huh!  Enjoy the read everyone! As a quick aside, in my return, I tried the Mexican pizza (similar to a Tlayuda). It was solid and you should check it out if you go.

I was flying solo last Thursday, so I decided to drop in at the new “The Original El Taco” (yeah – that makes sense).  The name freakin’ bothers me.  Granted, it’s just your basic Spanglish bastardization – but can’t we do better than “The Original The Taco“???  Oh well – it doesn’t factor in the score.
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