Friday, January 3, 2014

Tin Lizzy's Cantina - Atlanta, GA

The à la carte taco menu at Tin Lizzy's Cantina provides diners with an extensive list of affordable lunch options.

Taco lunch at Tin Lizzy's Cantina - Atlanta, GA

One of the things I love the most about blogging is getting to know so many fabulous people. Granted, most of the time I'm interacting with those people online, but there are those moments when I cross paths with them in real life. 


When Stephen and I were in Atlanta a few months ago, I had a chance to have lunch at Tin Lizzy's Cantina with Casey from The Fat Foodie. While he was busy with meetings, we had fun time lingering over our lunch and chatting up a storm. We made our way through batch after batch of fresh tortilla chips and an entire bowl of Spicy Red Salsa ($2.99) made with tomatoes, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a mixture of seasonings. The salsa's heat was intense but not overly so, and it didn't take long for me to become addicted.

Spicy Cilantro Steak Taco - Tin Lizzy's - Emory Point - Atlanta, GA | Taste As You Go
Spicy Cilantro Steak Taco - Tin Lizzy's Cantina - Atlanta, GA

Filling up on chips and salsa was probably the reason why I limited myself to only two tacos. You'd think picking which two to try would be easy, but the à la carte taco menu was so extensive that I had calculate some pretty complicated mathematical equations in my head in order to come to a decision.

Since I'm not afraid of spicy food, I ordered a Spicy Cilantro Steak Taco ($3.49) filled with grilled steak, jalapenos, diced onions, and cilantro. Simple, flavorful, and with a distinct heat to it, this taco was actually quite filling. I slathered on some guacamole to help balance all the flavors and found myself wishing that I had ordered two of them.

Korean Barbecue Pork Taco - Tin Lizzy's - Emory Point - Atlanta, GA | Taste As You Go
Korean Barbecue Pork Taco - Tin Lizzy's Cantina - Atlanta, GA

To shake off that mild feeling of regret, I moved right on to my second taco, the Korean Barbecue Pork Taco ($3.29). This was one of the Specialty Tacos at Tin Lizzy's, and it didn't disappoint. The pulled pork was tender and the barbecue sauce had both a touch of sweetness and a touch of smokiness that I truly enjoyed. But what really made this taco memorable was the Asian slaw and spicy chili salsa that topped it. I don't normally go for slaw, but the crunchy texture and heat from the salsa pulled everything together and lightened up the pulled pork.

And, um, a little confession? I enjoyed the Korean Barbecue Pork Taco so much that I managed to convince Stephen to return to Tin Lizzy's with me for dinner later that same day! Those who know me really well that I don't like to have the same dish for successive meals, so the fact that I wanted to go back to the restaurant for more tacos says a lot.

Casey, thanks for meeting up with me for lunch! I hope we're able to get together again the next time I'm in Atlanta or if you decide to plan a trip up this way! PS. I told you it would be a few months before my review landed on the blog. ;-)

Tin Lizzy's Cantina
Emory Point
1540 Avenue Place
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 537-5355 | Map

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