Located in a strip mall across the street from Whole Foods, at first glance it may appear that Red Pepper Taqueria is a typical neighborhood dive not worth serious foodie consideration.
But you’d be wrong.
It’s a chef-driven restaurant with a focus on local and organic ingredients.
Alboumeh, who has lived in Italy and Spain and so has been immersed in some of the world’s best food-centric cultures, offers a menu that blends tradition and creativity. Items are fresh, flavorful and reasonably priced. Servers are eager to please. This is the sort of place where you can dress casual, have a beer and chat with friends, without compromising on food quality.
Start with a beer or margarita, dig into some guacamole, then bite into spinach and shrimp quesadillas, braised pork or blacked Georgia trout tacos, mild chile relleno stuffed with vegetable quinoa, goat cheese and mild salsa, or whatever else whets your whistle. Just be sure to save room for the churros con chocolate, sinfully delicious sticks of fried dough that melt in your mouth.
Red Pepper Taqueria
2149 Briarcliff Rd.
UPDATE: A second location is slated to open in May 2013 on the corner of Piedmont Road and Peachtree Road in Buckhead.
-Chef photo courtesy Red Pepper Taqueria; food photos © HSP Media LLC
Thanks to Chef Mimmo Alboumeh for hosting a recent media dinner; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.