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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

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    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Friendly, family-owned restaurant with Normaltown and Timothy locations. Menu: Very popular with folks who consider fajitas the height of Mexican food, but you can also find horchata, Mexican-style tacos with al pastor or barbacoa, tortas and more. Kids menu. Drinks: Margaritas, bottled and draft beer, micheladas (beer cocktails) and sangria.

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

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    Price: $

    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 Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5299

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    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 chain. Menu: Health-oriented Mexican-ish fare, with seven options that have less than 7 grams of fat each. Customizable burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and salads, lots of veggies; vegetarian and vegan options.

  • Birrieria & Taqueria Jalisco

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 494 Broad St. Nicholson, GA 30565. 678-767-2912

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Counter service, take out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Unfancy restaurant attached to a convenience store in Nicholson. Menu: There are tacos and grilled meats and standards, but the real attraction here is the birria, a meaty stew highlighting goat or lamb, darkly spicy with ancho chiles. Goat and lamb cooked similarly can also make for good taco fillings or sope toppings. Salsas in the cooler.

  • 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: A kid's paradise, with coin-operated children's rides, old video games, an airplane hanging from the ceiling, tricycles, a full-size fountain and much more. Menu: Similar menu to the original on Lumpkin, with tweaked Peruvian specialties. La Michoacana… es Natural operates a booth with ice cream, paletas and street snacks inside the restaurant.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Mexican and Latin American, Vegetarian Friendly, Cash and Checks Only. Features: BYOB, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Magical wonderland that continually changes. Most seating is outside, but a lot of it is covered. Menu: Latin American food with a Peruvian influence and big portions: plantains (sweet and savory), steak and fries, tacu tacu (rice and beans topped with eggs), fish burrito, great empanadas and more. Lots of veggie choices. Show up early if the weather's nice; the lines can get long. Small fee to BYOB; ATM in the gas station next door.

  • Chipotle

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Counter service, take-out, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Diablo's Southwest Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out.

  • Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina

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    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: Margaritas and more than 30 tequilas, some draft beers, more in bottles.

  • El Barrio

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1331 S. Milledge Ave. Athens GA 30605. 706-850-0708

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Full bar, outside seating, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Renovated house in Five Points with mostly outdoor seating, tattoo-inspired murals and a putting green. Menu: Tacos from the dudes behind The Pine. Housemade tortillas, fajitas, guac, churros, Jarritos, etc. Happy hour on tacos 46 p.m. daily. Kids menu. Drinks: Tons of tequilas and mezcal, housemade sangria, craft and domestic beers.

  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop

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    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, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat.

  • Giana's Mexican Grill

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Plenty of booths, bar in the back. Menu: Lots of Mexican favorites. Drinks: Mexican beers, margaritas.

  • J&J Flea Market

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 11661 Hwy. 441 N. Athens, GA 30607. 706-613-2410 View Map

    File Under: American, Mexican. Features: Outside seating, counter service, cash only. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Sat–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. Food truck nights. La Michoacana… es Natural has an ice cream truck there on occasion.

  • La Cabaña de Don Juan

    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 and a big fireplace. 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 Fiesta

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, 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 Antojitos Mexicanos

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3750 Old Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-206-5260

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Mexican. Features: Counter service. Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m., seven days. The Look: Rainbow-hued palace of paletas and helados, attached to La Jalisco grocery store and taqueria. Strongest Instagram game in town. Menu: Street-food snacks like Cheetos with crema and Valentina or chopped fruit with chile, but mostly a gazillion flavors of housemade popsicles (cream-based and fruit-based) and ice creams, including some with gummy bears. Try the avocado popsicles.

  • La Michoacana Es Natural

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Mexican. Features: Outside seating. Hours: 12–9 p.m., seven days. The Look: Bright pink and green environs in front of the Ingles. Second location inside Eastside Cali N Tito's. Truck at J&J sometimes, plus local events. Board games. Menu: Independently owned Mexican ice cream shop that makes flavors fresh in-store daily (try the tequila ice cream), as well as gorgeous paletas full of fruit, rollitos (rolled ice cream), smoothies, aguas frescas and a variety of Mexican street-food snacks, like Dorilocos and loaded potato chips. Tostadas de ceviche on Fridays.

  • La Tienda Los Amigos

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 109 Rowe Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-9637

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Counter in a lively Mexican grocery store with a few booths. Menu: Tacos, tortas, burritos and a few other things, all made with meat available at the butcher's counter next door. The "American taco" comes with lettuce and cheese and is actually quite tasty. Homemade tortillas. Horchata and aguas frescas with tamarind, pineapple and hibiscus to drink. Browse the wide selection of goods while you wait.

  • Latino's Taqueria y Mariscos

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 400 Hawthorne Ave., Ste. 12 Athens, GA 30606 . 706-850-9151

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Lunch, dinner. Hours: 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun.

  • Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant

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    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: Large, authentic Mexican restaurant with a nice patio, attached to a gas station. Menu: Excellent tacos (filled with cilantro, onions and fish, al pastor, barbacoa or lengua), big tortas, menudo, tostadas de ceviche and a molcajete full of grilled meats and veggies. Drinks: Margaritas, mixed drinks and beer.

  • Mifflin House

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2467 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-850-6806

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Take-out, BYOB. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Simple decor, with street signs that say "Mifflin" and "House." Menu: Big menu focuses on Peruvian standards: lomo saltado, aji de gallina, tallarin, lots of ceviche choices and seafood, causas and causitas (mashed potato terrines with lime and chicken, tuna or shrimp salad). Lots of potatoes and lime juice. Excellent lunch specials. Complimentary cancha on the tables.

  • Moe's Southwest Grill

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    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

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    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.

  • 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. Featured on John T. Edge's SEC Network food show.

  • Punta Cana Latin Grill

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 367 Prince Ave., Ste 1 Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8960

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Dinner, Full bar, Lunch. Hours: 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun–Thurs. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat. 

  • 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 and has mariachi sometimes. Menu: Plenty for people looking for burritos, but there's also horchata to drink, real Mexican-style tacos (on corn tortillas with onions, cilantro, lime and fatty meats) and an awesome hamburguesa topped with ham and pineapple. Drinks: Margaritas served frozen or on the rocks, available in a variety of flavors. Beer, too.

  • Taco Stand

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2270 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

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    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar (Broad), beer (Milledge and Barnett Shoals), outside seating (Broad and Milledge). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: The original location on Milledge is the most spartan, but has its charm. Downtown is big and open, with sports on TV. Eastside is in a strip mall, but clean and neat. Menu: If you just get tacos, you'll miss the great strengths of this small local chain: burritos (beef, chicken, tofu, bean), Mega Nachos, veggie chili in the cooler months and basic quesadillas (with onions and jalapeños). 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 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 (some of the best in town), tortas, burritos or quesadillas. Menudo on weekends, a big cooler of horchata. Credit cards accepted, cash preferred.

  • Tacuari Sabor Latino

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2131 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6333

    File Under: Mexican and South American, Bakeries. Features: Counter and table service, full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Sweet bakery and restaurant in a Watkinsville strip mall across from Publix, with a nice kids area. Menu: Uruguayan steaks and choripan, chicken milanesa torta, breakfast all day, chivito, churrosco del sur and more, with a much expanded menu at dinner. Great baked goods, especially Latin American sweet breads, and tasty empanadas, both sweet and savory. Some gluten-free items.

  • Taqueria del Sol

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Chef-crafted taqueria in a cool, clean, efficient space. Menu: This location of the Atlanta-based franchise is run by the original owners, with an eye toward consistency and quality. The menu is small, but everything is good, and specials change weekly. Pork, brisket, fried chicken, carnitas, fish and veggie tacos are intensely flavored. Follow the system (order at the counter, then sit down), and everything will run smoothly. Drinks: Great selection of premium tequilas, build-your-own margaritas, bottled beers.

  • Taqueria Juaritos

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3875 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-521-5260

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Taqueria with some seating inside the Petro Express. Menu: Tacos, sopes, gorditas and burros (burritos) with fillings including asada, chicken, al pastor, barbacoa, carnitas, desebrada (shredded beef), tongue, tripe, chorizo and buche (stomach), plus hot wings. Don't skip the hot pickled onions on the condiment bar, and get the veggie-heavy shrimp soup if it's available.

  • 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 and paletas in the freezer.

  • 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

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar (Jefferson and Gaines School), 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 standards well executed, like big burritos to which you can add cheese dip, tons of vegetarian options, taco salads, fajitas and combos. Also a low-cal menu, Mexican tacos, sopes and tortas. Something for everyone, 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: 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 and more. Apps, bowls and salads. Drinks: Margaritas, cocktails, sangria, craft beers.

  • Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant

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    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, with some picnic tables outside. 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. Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. and is served all day, featuring eggs, beans and pork products. Drinks: Margaritas, beer.

  • Viva! Argentine Cuisine

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: South American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Open space with a small bar, black-and-white tiled floor and color scheme that reflects the Argentinean flag. Menu: Not just beef, lots of vegetarian choices. Empanadas are a popular option, with fillings including sausage and rice, spinach and mushroom and ham and cheese. Dinner options include lomo con papas fritas, as well as chicken, shrimp and steak entrees. Cupcakes in regular and mini sizes, with a soft filling in the middle, are a highlight.

  • 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. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.