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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)

    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Rey Del Taco (Featured)

    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Progreso #14 (Featured)
    The regulars refer to El Progreso tacos as 'prison tacos,' as this joint is right next to the federal pen, but their tacos are as classic as they can be without a passport. Inside might feel a little south of the border, with lost cell service and rows of authentic Mexican products lining the adjacentmore...
    The regulars refer to El Progreso tacos as 'prison tacos,' as this joint is right next to the federal pen, but their tacos are as classic as they can be without a passport. Inside might feel a little south of the border, with lost cell service and rows of authentic Mexican products lining the adjacent market, but guess what? You're actually in taco nirvana. less...

    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Let's Taco Bout it

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2017
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Rey Del Taco (Featured)
    EL REY DEL TACO’s traditional fillings and ultra-fresh homemade tortillas still can’t be beat. Go for the melty slow-braised goat or fatty and crisp pork carnitas dressed simply with cilantro and onion. 5288 Buford Highway N.E., Doraville. 770-986-0032. www.elreydeltacoatl.com.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    bartaco - West Midtown
    And other metro Atlanta locations.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And other metro Atlanta locations.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And other metro Atlanta locations.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And other metro Atlanta locations.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    Tacos La Villa
    Located in a Smyrna shopping center, Tacos la Villa has Atlanta's most legitimate tacos thanks to exceptional fillings such as chorizo, asada, and carnitas. The soft corn tortillas will rival your abuela's homemade ones.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And other metro Atlanta locations.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And other Metro Atlanta locations.

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And other metro Atlanta locations

    Best tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)

    And other metro Atlanta locations.


    Runner-up: Holy Taco


    1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com


    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)

    And other metro Atlanta locations.
    Runner-up
    Holy Taco
    1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)
    And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

    Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Rey Del Taco (Featured)
    There are three components that make a taco superb: the tortillas, the filling and the salsa. TAQUERIA EL REY DEL TACO gets them all right. Pat yourself on the back if you're lucky enough to catch one of the tortilla mavens making handmade tortillas that emanate the unmistakable smell of fresh masa.more...
    There are three components that make a taco superb: the tortillas, the filling and the salsa. TAQUERIA EL REY DEL TACO gets them all right. Pat yourself on the back if you're lucky enough to catch one of the tortilla mavens making handmade tortillas that emanate the unmistakable smell of fresh masa. When it comes to tacos, the chivo (goat) and cabeza (beef cheeks) are standouts, and the salsas – although limited – are pure picante perfection. A chilled glass of horchata (a drink made with cinnamon, rice, milk and other ingredients) is a refreshing addition to your meal. less...

    Best Taqueria BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Molino
    There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitasmore...
    There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitas on weekends), savory tacos (try the al pastor) and perhaps the city’s best authentic posole (available weekends only). What keeps us coming back is Carlos the cook’s weekday preparations of two daily specials — home-style dishes like chicharrones en salsa verde — that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. The ambiance is zero and English is only haltingly spoken, but the specials are always displayed at the order window. Point and ask. Be patient. less...

    Best Taco BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Rey Del Taco (Featured)
    Tacos — mini-tacos, no less — are king at EL REY DEL TACO. The hard-to-beat price of around $1 each allows you to munch on roasted goat, beef tongue and cheek for the same price as a pint of beer. In addition to these slightly exotic offerings, El Rey del Taco’s more familiarmore...
    Tacos — mini-tacos, no less — are king at EL REY DEL TACO. The hard-to-beat price of around $1 each allows you to munch on roasted goat, beef tongue and cheek for the same price as a pint of beer. In addition to these slightly exotic offerings, El Rey del Taco’s more familiar favorites, such as the intensely beefy barbacoa, savory carnitas and pulled barbecued chicken, are equally outstanding. Bonus: The corn tortillas these fantastic little tacos are served on are pressed fresh to order. less...

    Best Taco BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    El Taco Veloz
    Small yet heavy with silken tongue, toothsome barbacoa or tantalizing carnitas, EL TACO VELOZ's cilantro-and-onion-topped tacos are the real deal. Push pleasure/pain boundaries with a heavy lashing of habanero salsa, go gooey over a chile relleno taco bursting with molten white cheese, order your 3-year-oldmore...
    Small yet heavy with silken tongue, toothsome barbacoa or tantalizing carnitas, EL TACO VELOZ's cilantro-and-onion-topped tacos are the real deal. Push pleasure/pain boundaries with a heavy lashing of habanero salsa, go gooey over a chile relleno taco bursting with molten white cheese, order your 3-year-old a chicken taco - there's something for everyone here. Unless, of course, you prefer your food chichi and bland. At $1.69 each, all-you-can-eat is not an entirely immodest proposal. "5084 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-936-9094, and other locations." less...

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