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Atlanta. Norcross. El Cabrito, Tacos de Chivo

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Atlanta. Norcross. El Cabrito, Tacos de Chivo

Steve Drucker | Jan 19, 2005 05:13 PM

Another Norcross find. This one humble, but very, very good.

El Cabrito serves a range of tacos on medium thickness homemade tortillas. The tortillas I'm guessing are made with white maize (corn meal) and are perfect with the fillings, which overflow the tortilla and ought to as El Cabrito charges $2.00 per taco, well above the rock bottom $1.60 price common at other tiendas.

The chivo (goat) was exactly like it should be--that's to say rich, well cooked, all meat, with that full young goat taste. The lengua (tongue) is tender and very good too (not too mention having almost zero fat!).

The salsa riojo, made from dried red chiles has multiple depths of flavor, as does the tomatillo sauce. Also served is a guacomole sauce, did not try. In addition to the tacos de chivo, its possible to order the 'consomme' (i.e. the chile laden cooking liquid) that the goat is cooked in. A squirt of lime to cut its richness is the way to go, maybe a little of the salsa rioja to make it more picante. Side dishes of fresh cilantro and minced onion are provided for you to dress your own tacos.

The menu advertises other taco fillings such as choroizo con papas, carne asada and pollo and the avaiability of sopes (corncakes with toppings); and menudo ($5 'chico' and $10 'grande') on the weekends.

A dozen or so imported from Mexico bottled soft drinks round out the menu.

Where is it?

El Cabrito is located on Buford Hwy at the corner of Hillside Drive, a few blocks north of Amwiler and about a mile south of Jimmy Carter in a surprisingly neat 15 chair slightly ramshackle hut tucked up against the side of a Mexican grocery. A sizable sign announces 'El Cabrito' 'Tacos de Chivo'. Doubt whether they have a separate phone as they share facilities with the small grocery to which they are attached.

Well worth a stop if driving by, and a Sunday lunch time drive going out of your way for if chivo with handmade tortillas whets your whistle. Interested to know if the sopes themselves are also handmade, or are of the pre-packaged variety that seem to have become so common.

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