This place is, hands down, our favorite place for tacos in Atlanta – Teela Taqueria. It’s a casual joint located just off Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, perfect for a quick dinner when you really don’t want to cook, but, it’s also a great place to meet friends and always a place we take our visitors! Baring in mind, Mexican food wasn’t really on our radar until we moved Stateside, I think we’ve adapted to it very well indeed.
Inside it’s a little dark, but it has all the bright colors of Mexico – oranges, reds, yellows, greens. There are cute cushions on the benches and tables painted to look ‘rustic Mexican’ if that’s even a thing! It has a great, vibrant atmosphere that’s perfect for couples, friends and families alike.
So, the first thing you should do when going to Teela is order a margarita! You’re in a Mexican restaurant, it would be rude not to! This place does great margaritas, from originals to flavors like peach and blueberry. The German always indulges in a Dos Equis (again, when in a Mexican restaurant!) but there’s a whole host of other drinks to choose from with the restaurant sporting a full liquor bar.
You cannot visit this place without ordering the queso, you know how addicted to queso I am and this place does it well, along with those perfect restaurant chips that leave you fighting for the ones with the most spice on them, yes, the German and I actually do that. There’s also a good sampler appetizer that includes queso, guacamole and salsa – all three are definitely worth it!
Then it’s taco time. Available in soft flour tortillas, corn tortillas and lettuce wraps (which are surprisingly better than you’d think – I tried them during the wedding diet!) these things are just the BEST! My personal favorite is the brisket – slow cooked beef with queso, pico de gallo and lettuce and it is divine! I usually order 2, sometimes 3 if I’m really hungry and always leave this one until the last! The German on the other hand, has a favorite in the fried tilapia – strange for a man whose main diet is meat and doesn’t really like fish! It comes with a jalapeño slaw and does taste pretty darn good but if you ask me, the brisket has the edge!
Other favorites of mine include the Southern BLT (fried green tomatoes, bacon, lettuce, feta cheese and smoked chili alioli), the Pork Carnitas (twice cooked pork with corn and pepper pico, cilantro and onions) and the Fried Pollo (chicken strips, red pepper and chipotle alioli, lettuce and tomato). The German often orders the Fajita Steak (grilled steak, sautéed onion, green pepper and jalapeños and sweet chipotle dressing) and the Holy Mole Chicken (pulled chicken with mole sauce and sesame seeds). There’s also the Bang Bang Shrimp, Buffalo Chicken, Greek Gyro and Chorizo Stuffed amongst others including the vegetarian Mushroom that my friend Clare loved when she came to stay!
This place also serves up enchiladas, quesadillas, soups and salads but I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried any of them – the tacos rule! Nachos are also on the menu, which again I haven’t tried but I’ve watched them head out of the kitchen and they are huge! They also look amazing – maybe one day I’ll tuck into a plate of them!
If you’re ever in the area, you simply have to visit this place! I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.