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This Buford Highway taqueria brings an authentic taste of Mexico

The family-owned El Rey del Taco is focused on fresh and authentic Mexican fare

Do handmade tortillas, chips, and sauce suit your taco-loving taste buds? Then, head to Buford Highway’s El Rey del Taco on Buford Highway.

"We make our own corn tortillas," Lupita Macias said. “We make everything from fresh…from chips, to sauce, to tortilla by hand.”

For Macias, El Rey del Taco isn’t just a connection from Mexico to metro Atlanta. It’s a family affair.

“My youngest brother came in 1970 and opened the first restaurant,” Macias said, adding she used to be in charge of the daily task of tortilla making. “He tried to do the traditional food, but people were not ready.”

Let’s just say, a lot has changed since.

“They tried to put the tip of the chip in the salsa, and they were like, ‘Ah! That’s too spicy!’” Macias said. “Now they finish it!”


“How does this dish represent Mexico?”

“When you talk about Mexico, tacos is everything,” Macias said. “This is a taqueria, so usually taqueria is more popular … it comes from generations and generations.”

“This one is carne asada, carnitas which is pork, and this one is between the two,” she said.

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