Restaurants -> Mexican and South American

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2080 Timothy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-0154 View Map

    • 1376 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1500 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Friendly and family-owned, Agua Linda has two locations: Prince and Timothy. Menu: Lots of Ameri-Mex standards (burrito supreme, etc.). Your kids can get chicken fingers, but if you're willing to be more adventurous, there's also horchata, Mexican-style tacos with al pastor or barbacoa, tortas and more. Drinks: Margaritas (frozen and non), bottled and draft beer, sangria and micheladas (beer cocktails).

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

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    Locations

    • 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-0300 View Map

    • 1739 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1866 View Map

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-9954 View Map

    • 259 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-9008 View Map

    • 2 S. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1228 View Map

    • 680 N. Hwy 29. 706-543-5299

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer (Clayton St.), catering, outside seating, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Locally owned burrito (etc.) chain. Menu: Health-oriented Mexican fare. Build your own burrito (or quesadilla, fajitas, tacos, nachos or salads) as you walk down the counter. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, plus the "7 Under 7" menu that has seven options with less than seven grams of fat each and a salsa bar.

  • Bella Noche

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1501 View Map

    File Under: Italian, Mexican and South American. Features: Reservations, catering, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Quiet dining in a Watkinsville shopping center with a covered patio. Menu: Many Italian standards but some Latin accents, too, especially in the sides section, where you can get sweet or savory plantains to go with your chicken piccata. Gluten-free pastas, kids' menu and lunch specials on pastas and sandwiches.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's Eastside

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1254 Cedar Shoals Dr. Athens, GA 30605. 706-355-7087 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Outside seating, beer and wine, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue-Sun. The Look: Take a left at the palm trees across from Cedar Shoals High School and enter another world, with coin-operated children's rides, vintage Mexican movie posters, an airplane hanging from the ceiling, a full-size fountain and much more. Menu: The menu is almost the same as at the original Cali ‘N' Tito’s, but there are some differences, like chicken dishes under the heading Pollo Criollo and, of course, beer, wine and margaritas. It also takes credit cards through Square.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1427 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-227-9979 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Cash and Checks Only. Features: BYOB, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Tons of outdoor seating (covered and not), boats to play in and sometimes a parrot; it's like nothing else. Menu: Latin American food with a Peruvian influence, from tacu tacu (rice and beans topped with eggs) to lomo saltado (steak, french fries, tomato, red onions), big delicious sandwiches, yuca frita, plantains two ways (sweet and savory), fish burrito and more. Lots of veggie choices. Show up early if the weather's nice; the lines can get long.

  • Chipotle

    chipotle.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 165 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-7210 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Diablo's Southwest Grill

    facebook.com/diablosofathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Bogart, GA 30622. 706-543-3399

    File Under: Mexican and South American Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Catering, counter service, take out. The Look: Fast-casual burrito chain with a saddle by the door (to sit on) and free charging stations for your phone. Menu: Basically the intersection of Moe's, Willy's and Barberitos: Pick a protein, then have it as a burrito, tacos, salad, etc., with a wide variety of toppings and a few different salsas.

  • Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina

    athens-dospalmas.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3523 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7771 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Big, beachy mural, chill atmosphere in a shopping center. Menu: Americanized Mexican staples: tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, big burritos, enchiladas, queso, fish tacos, fried ice cream. Drinks: More than 30 tequilas, a couple of draft beers, more in bottles.

  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop

    fuzzystacoshop.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 265 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0305 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat.

  • J & J Flea Market

    jandjfleamarket.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 11661 Hwy. 441 N. Athens, GA 30622. 706-613-2410 View Map

    File Under: American, Mexican. Features: Outside seating, counter service, cash only. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Sat and Sun. The Look: Georgia's biggest flea market has several large buildings with regular eateries and a ton of tables outside selling fresh, well-priced produce. Menu: Biscuits and burgers at the Flea Bite Cafe, barbecue, boiled peanuts, pizza and the wonderful Taqueria Mi Tierra, serving up excellent and authentic Mexican food, including fantastic pollo a la brasa. The big building in the back houses Backwoods Grill, serving homemade burgers, smoked pork and brisket, veggies and breakfast.

  • La Cabaña de Don Juan

    facebook.com/cabanadedonjuan

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-4490

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Americanized Mexican restaurant: booths, TVs, sombreros. Menu: Queso, burritos, combo plates, many varieties of fajitas and quesadillas, and lots of lunch specials, too. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers and a few draft brews.

  • La Estrella

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 400 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-8557 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed–Mon. The Look: No frills but plenty of warmth, with awesome murals and beach-inspired decor. Menu: Breakfast starts a little late but is a nice option, with eggs and pancakes. The menu has all the Americanized standards but also wonderful seafood specialties (mojarra frita, caldo de siete mares) and excellent al pastor. Drinks: Margaritas plus beer and wine.

  • La Fiesta

    athens-lafiesta.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1395 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-5933 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian–Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, live music, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Eastside restaurant with colorful decor and a large covered outdoor patio. Menu: Popular Americanized Mexican fare: burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, taquitos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Special entrees and combo plates. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers, domestics and house wines.

  • La Michoacana

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1635 Glenn Carrie Road Hull, GA 30646. 706-521-8008

    • 3700 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-380-9698

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Mexican. Features: Outside seating. Hours: 12–9 p.m., seven days. The Look: Bright pink and green environs connected to the gas station in front of the Ingles. Second location in Georgia Square Mall. Menu: This ice cream chain of sorts popular in Mexico makes flavors fresh in-store daily (try the tequila ice cream), as well as gorgeous paletas full of fruit, smoothies, aguas frescas and a variety of Mexican street-food snacks like Dorilocos and loaded potato chips. Tostadas de ceviche on Fridays.

  • Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant

    facebook.com/losreyesmexrest

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1880 Hwy. 29 N. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-8308 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Delivery, outside seating, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: It might be in a gas station, but you wouldn't know it from the inside; new covered patio. Menu: A large menu of authentic Mexican fare. Excellent tacos (filled with cilantro, onions and fish, al pastor, barbacoa or lengua), big tortas, menudo and a molcajete full of grilled meats and veggies. Drinks: Margaritas, beer and beertails.

  • Moe's Southwest Grill

    moes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1320 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-7776 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

    ontheborder.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3640 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-247-7290 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Panadería Tacuari

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 150 Fritz Mar Lane Athens, GA. 706-850-8220

    File Under: Mexican and South American, Bakeries. Features: counter service, take-out. Hours: Sun–Fri, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. The Look: Adorably decked out small bakery next to a Crossfit business, off Newton Bridge Road. Menu: Uruguayan choripan, chicken milanesa torta and a few other options, plus fresh fries. The baked goods are excellent, a huge array of Latin American sweet breads at super-cheap prices, and don't slouch on the empanadas, both sweet and savory.

  • Polleria Pablo

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3075 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-461-2533

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Cash only, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu–Sun. The Look: A counter and a few tables at the back of a convenience store by Sandra's Salon. Menu: Mostly Peruvian dishes, with a few Salvadorean offerings and some Mexican standards. Excellent ceviche, magical roasted/grilled chicken with cilantro-infused rice, good lomo saltado (beef, french fries, onion, tomatoes) and some desserts. Menu on a whiteboard for easy alteration.

  • Sr. Sol

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2455 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7112 View Map

    • 175 Tallassee Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-1570 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Tallassee location has limited seating but a few tables outside (and is attached to a gas station). Broad Street location is better for big groups. Menu: Plenty for the kids and folks who don't venture beyond the traditional arena of Mexican food, but there's also horchata to drink, real Mexican-style tacos (corn with onions, cilantro, lime and fatty meats) and an awesome hamburguesa topped with ham and pineapple. Drinks: Margaritas served frozen or on the rocks come in many flavors. Beer, too.

  • Taco Stand

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2230 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-5481 View Map

    • 247 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-1446 View Map

    • 670 N. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-2894 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar (Broad St.), beer (Milledge Ave. and Eastside), outside seating (Broad St. and Milledge Ave.). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: The original location on Milledge is the most spartan but has its own charm. Downtown is big and open, with sports on TV. Eastside is in a strip mall but clean and neat. Menu: Tacos (derr), but also burritos (with meat, chicken, tofu, beans), giant Mega Nachos, veggie chili in the cooler months and wonderfully simple quesadillas (with onions and jalapenos). Don't expect a plate. Slight menu variations among locations. Drinks: Frozen margaritas downtown; beer at the other two.

  • Tacos los Plebes

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3077 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-1930

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Counter service, take-out. The Look: Food counter in the back of a small but well-stocked Sinaloa supermarket with a few tables. Menu: Limited but well-executed choices, cooked right in front of you on the flat top. Pollo, lengua, cabeza, al pastor, chorizo, carnitas, barbacoa, asada and tripa prepared as tacos, sopes, tortas, burritos or quesadillas; menudo on weekends and a big cooler of horchata.

  • Takorea

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 311 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-521-8131

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Taqueria Del Sol

    taqueriadelsol.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 334 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3890 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Atlanta-based chef-crafted taqueria in a wonderfully renovated gas station. Menu: This location of the franchise is run by the original owners, with an eye toward consistency and quality. The menu is small, but everything is good, and a few fun specials change weekly. Pork, brisket, fried chicken, carnitas, fish and veggie tacos are small and intensely flavored. Guacamole is made fresh. Everything runs like a top. Drinks: High-end tequilas, bottled beers.

  • Taqueria El Agave

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1280 Oconee St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-2639 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Lots of booths, bar in the back, soccer on the TV. Menu: Some Americanized Mexican standards but also Mexican tacos (lengua, al pastor), seafood, aguas frescas and weekend specials including menudo and seafood soups. Drinks: Mexican beers, margaritas.

  • Taqueria La Jalisco

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3750 Old Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-316-3560 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: A small taqueria housed inside a Mexican grocery store. Menu: Authentically prepared Mexican cuisine including menudo, carnitas, chorizo tacos, tortas, al pastor and a few freshly made salsas. Great baked goods in the grocery section.

  • Taqueria La Parrilla

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1431 Capital Ave. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-9991 View Map

    • 2439 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-549-4977 View Map

    • 855 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-5040 View Map

    • 473 US Hwy. 29 N. Athens, GA. No # specified

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar (Jefferson Road and Gaines School Road), beer and wine (Watkinsville), delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Family-friendly Mexican restaurant with festive decor. Menu: Lots of friendly standards, well executed, like big burritos to which you can add cheese dip, tons of vegetarian options, taco salads, fajitas and combo after combo. There are also Jarritos, a low-cal menu, Mexican tacos, sopes and tortas. Something for everyone and great for big groups. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers, regular bottled stuff, pitchers.

  • Taqueria Tsunami

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0040

    • 320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-621-7999 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Mexican and South American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Outside seating, take-out, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Small Atlanta-based chain with two of six locations in Athens. Menu: Asian/Latin fusion tacos: bulgogi and shiitake; teriyaki chicken with pineapple pico de gallo; tofu with sesame-soy vinaigrette; more. Apps, bowls and salads, too.

  • Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1225 N. Chase St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-9301 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Brightly colored cinder-block building near the loop on Chase Street; some picnic tables outside by the substation. Menu: Named for the Aztec rain god, this restaurant has a cult following for its Central American specialties and real-deal Mexican food. Pupusas, massive tortas, regular specials and fantastic mole. Breakast starts at 9 a.m. and features eggs, beans and pork products. Drinks: Margaritas, beer.

  • Viva! Argentine Cuisine

    vivaargentinecuisine.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 247 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8284 View Map

    File Under: Latin American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Bottleworks restaurant in blue and white (like the Argentinean flag). Menu: Argentinean cuisine is known for beef, but Viva has made many of its dishes vegetarian. Empanadas are a popular option, with many fillings, and if you do eat beef, know that it will be well cooked and can be served with delicious chimichurri sauce. Cupcakes in regular and mini sizes, each with a soft filling in the middle, are a highlight. Drinks: Beer and wine.

  • What's Cooking

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2546 Commerce Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-850-0606 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Cash only, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSun. The Look: An under-the-radar, roadside spot located off of Hwy. 441. Order at the window and take a seat on the colorful patio surrounded by cacti, tropical plants and kitschy decor.  Menu: Authentic Latin cuisine like fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, tortas Cubanas, sope, tacos Mexicanos and mole.

  • Willy's Mexicana Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1920 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, delivery, outside seating, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.