Eat in Atlanta — 07 February 2013

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.

 

Chef Mimmo AlboumehChef/Owner Mimmo Alboumeh brings over 20 years of experience and knowledge to the restaurant he and a business partner opened December 2011.

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.

Flan at Red Pepper TaqueriaBottom Line: Great addition to the North Druid Hills/LaVista neighborhood–and worth driving to if you don’t happen to live down the street.

More Information…

Red Pepper Taqueria
2149 Briarcliff Rd.
404-325-8151

Red Pepper Taqueria on Urbanspoon

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

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s reviewed restaurants for several Atlanta-based newspapers and magazines for more than 10 years. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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