Intown Dining scene hits the Suburbs

After living in Atlanta for many, many years – with the birth of children, the call of the quiet suburbs beckoned. Nice spacious homes, big lawns, plenty of garages all created a new home that was equally enticing as the lure of constant traffic and sirens. However the food scene has always slacked behind our urban counterparts.

Eventually, someone decided to bring a little intown dining out to Peachtree Corners. Longtime food industry group, Lucky Dog and Associates, recently opened the fast casual concept Taqueria del Mar. Combing a menu of tacos, sides and entrees, Taqueria del Mar brings freshly prepared food, fresh seafood, and very low prices to a small corner in a shopping center next to Ingles on Peachtree Parkway. Order at the counter, and the kitchen prepares the food from scratch. Hit the full bar for some very tasty margaritas made with real fruit juices and cane sugars – not the glow in the dark versions you see at other “Margarita” bars around town. Feeling good about the stock market? Order the top shelf margarita and the grilled Ahi Tuna. The bartender squeezed fresh fruit right in front of us, while mixing in organic Agave syrup and our favorite tequila – Herradura. the Ahi Tuna came out grilled to a perfect medium rare, garnished with a fresh asian salsa with hints of Ponzu.

While the food was outstanding, the service was still getting it’s legs. Some of the food came out after others, while some appetizers and drinks were late getting to our table. Overall, these type of things are to be expected in the first opening weeks of any restaurant.

Overall, the food was excellent, and once the service comes around to the level of the food, this should be a “go-to” destination for the west Gwinnett crowd.

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