Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Taqueria La Oaxaquena : Atlanta

I think Taqueria La Oaxaquena was one of the first Mexican places I had read about, since first moving to Atlanta, so have wanted to try it out for quite some time now.  But given that it's a good half hour away, I never really had the opportunity to drive down specifically just to try it.  Fortunately we were on our way back from Savannah, which made for a good time to stop by.

Tamale in Corn Husk - Steam cooked corn dough with Chicken & Green salsa
Yes, I realize the photo looks like someone got sick on a torn up plastic bag (and no, we had not started eating it yet.   But this was actually quite tasty.  Tender chicken, with corn dough tasting like a slightly sweet steel cut oatmeal, slathered with some tomatillo (?) based salsa to lighten up the texture.

Oaxaca Tlayuda (Steak) - Homey, each ingredient provided its particular flavoring, but sadly did not combine for something greater. Granted each ingredient was pretty decent. The flat bread like crust was fairly freshly made, slightly flavored with black pepper (?). Then covered with a coat of mashed beans. Then flavored beef, chunks of steak, avocado, jalapeno pepper, queso fresca.

And a random picture of salsas we grabbed from the salsa bar.

Huarache Pastor - Everything atop a layer of deep-fried corn-meal. Al pastor flavoring with a strong and familiar chile flavor that I can never remember the name of. A very pellet-like cheese, looking like cottage cheese, but a bit more tart in flavor. Rather tasty in a truly unhealthy way.

Overall, I don't think this is a destination place; I don't think I would drive here specifically to eat here, especially with some of the Mexican selection around where I live.   But certainly if we were in the area, we might check it out again.

Taqueria La Oaxaquena
605 Mount Zion Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236 (Map)
(770) 960-3010

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