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Latin options in Athens, GA

slave_to_the_passions | Mar 21, 200808:25 AM

What are the best Mexican and Central American restaurants in Athens? My wife and I are not rich at the moment, so we tend to go for tacos and a la carte items like tortas, tamales, and empanadas. We really like La Estrella's tacos, and the nice people who work there, but our current favorite is Sabor Latino. Great salsa, excellent, flavorful tacos, and delicious tamales (the masa is beautifully creamy and tender -- maybe this is non-standard since most other tamales I've had are firmer, but it definitely works). So far everything we've ordered there has been good to excellent.

Places that have come recommended on this board but that have not wowed us:

Agua Linda (meat in tacos lacks flavor -- needs more salt, marinating, something)
Cali N Tito's (same problem)
Las Conchitas Calientes (I thought this place was really quite bad -- tamal was cold and tasted slightly off, tacos were blah at best, empanada almost certainly came out of a box, and the one Peruvian specialty we had, which the waiter specifically recommended, tasted like the chef had dumped several tablespoons of dried thyme into it)

Also, we do not like the new place on Baxter, Tu Metapan. Nothing really terrible about it, just blah. Seemed like they did not put enough care into their food, which strikes me as a pretty common problem in Athens restaurants generally. The place that used to be there (Los Pepes) was better. I got a fish sandwich there that was really out of this world, served with some kind of delectable creamy spicy green cilantro sauce. I wish I could find a sandwich like that somewhere else, but so far no luck.

Are there some other places we should visit for really flavorful, well prepared, inexpensive Latin food?

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