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🙂 = High chairs, changing tables, water cups for kids, kids menu with coloring sheet on it and crayons provided, kids menu includes dessert and drink, outside area that has heaters for cold weather, tokens on each table for an hourly wheel spinning for prizes

🙁 = No kids eat free, parking lot is small and tight so if you have a big car it could be tricky to maneuver. Their chips have a seasoning on them which tastes amazing but the color (red) may put some kids off

Hours: Mon-Thurs 5P-10P; Fri 5P-11P; Sat 11:30A-11P; Sun 11:30A-10P

Note: Once an hour they spin a wheel and the winner gets a prize. Each table has tokens with the numbers on it, and it’s our kids favorite part, even though they have never won, which is good because the prize seems to always involve alcohol, so it could be a let down if your kids win and they can’t enjoy the prize! Be sure to join the Fifth Group Loyalty Club, which earns you 1 point for every $1 spent and you can earn money towards meals at their restaurants. You also get $20 the first time you dine with them during your birthday month each year! 

New Years resolutions are in full swing, and I keep hearing grownups talking about dieting and eating healthy and kale, but all I know is that I don’t think anyone can resist a diet that allows you to eat tacos to lose weight, right? I know, I know, my parents are skeptical as well but they figured if it was the new ‘thing’ they may as well try it out at one of their favorite taco places, El Taco in Virginia Highlands.

My brother and I love eating at El Taco, because they have coloring sheets and are super nice to kids, they never seem annoyed when they see kids walk in and always give us extra menus to color on when we go up and ask nicely. And if we eat well we get ice cream, jello or yogurt for dessert! The kids menu has chicken, fish or beef tacos, a cheese quesadilla or even a black bean and steak tostada, and since my picky brother doesn’t eat most of that the cheese quesadilla is perfect for him. Me? I prefer to test my taste buds with some black bean dip followed by El Short Stack, which is a perfect combo of black beans, red and green sauces, mexican cheeses and egg. I mean, could you ask for a better combo of protein and dairy and deliciousness? My 4 year old mouth doesn’t think so.

Coloring sheets, ice cream with the kids meal and the token for the spinning wheel!

Coloring sheets, ice cream with the kids meal and the token for the spinning wheel!

Like all Mexican restaurants we started off the meal with a very non-diet friendly bowl of queso, just the right consistency to satisfy our bellies, but for anyone who wants to skip the high caloric starter you can explore their salsa bar and try out their huge variety of salsas.

Mommy always gets chicken tacos, but she has to ask for them without cilantro, cause yuck, she says it tastes like soap, but all I know is that the little green flecks just get in the way of eating the better stuff. Daddy loves the fajitas, which come out sizzling and full of meat or shrimp and sides of perfectly grilled vegetables, which are always great to be shared amongst the table, if he’s feeling generous!

Sizzling chorizo fajitas!

Sizzling chorizo fajitas!

I’m not sure if this taco diet is really our thing, especially at a restaurant full of so many belly filling choices, but I think El Taco will stay in our rotation of restaurants even throughout this resolution filled winter season!

And, if you are traveling, check out their airport location, in the International Terminal and Concourse C, giving you even more reason to get to the airport early and enjoy a real meal before you fly!

1186 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

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