Are You Guilty Of This Strange Restaurant Habit?

Hi, my name is Jessica and I go to the same restaurants over and over again. And one of them is bartaco and I have no shame in it.

Hear me out. I love asian and mexican cuisine. I also love inexpensive food and really good margaritas. So it’s no surprise that I’m kind of slightly obsessed with bartaco.  Plus, they’ve been very kind to me and this blog.  They invite me in often to try their newest #bartacosecret and last week I just took over their Instastories. So like, how could you not love it? But in all seriousness, I’m guilty of this really annoying habit that actually drives me crazy.

It’s a habit I loathe when I do it and even when others do it too. I will say, I usually try new items off a menu, but hey it happens! Take Charleston for example. Even when I go visit, I tend to go to the same old spots. Part of it is the nostalgia of it, but the food is good. The other part? I just know I’m guaranteed a great meal!

Part of my new habits for 2018 are to try new restaurants, but I’ll never forget old faithful ones like bartaco. It’s home to my favorite margaritas, best guacamole and it’s the first restaurant to ever turn me into a plantain fan. Don’t even get me started on the key lime pie (my go to dessert) and the poké. Oh yeah and the corn and portobello bowl. Alright, so the list goes on and the menu is perfect.

Do you sometimes fall into this routine of same restaurant, same menu choices? I’m going to try to break out of the habit and aim to visit new spots in the city this year. If you’re in Atlanta, give me your favorite off the beaten path spots so I can give them a try!

One of my favorite cocktails to order at bartaco are their watermelon jalapeño margaritas.  They’re spicy, but refreshing. And who can resist a pink cocktail? Always ask what sort of fruit they have for margaritas because it can change on the season as they use whatever’s fresh.

If you’re looking for a non taco option, you can get all their tacos wrapped in lettuce if you like. Their tuna taco’s come like that automatically and are one of my favorite ones on the menu. Another personal menu item favorite that I tried recently are their portobello bowls. Topped with peppers, onions and chunks of griddled cheese with their salsa, it’s a favorite. I always order it because it’s pretty big and usually end up taking half of it home for lunch the next day.

Photos by JNelly

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 1.5.18
    Laura Leigh said:

    i do the exact same thing! Even with the Charleston thing. I always go to the same 5 or so restaurants in Charleston and typically get the same thing. Sadly, my favorite restaurant closed so i really am just narrowed down to like 5, i need to expand haha. In Charlotte, we do try other places but revert back to Tupelo Honey alot! Thanks for inspiring me to branch out more haha.

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 1.5.18
      Jessica said:

      Ooh Tupelo honey is pretty good though! I also can’t believe I’m going to admit this, I even went to Bartaco last night. IT was like the only thing open and we were STARVING after an event. It’s just SO good!

  2. 1.5.18
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  3. 1.11.18
    Chantel said:

    Ok, so i’ve never seen Jalapeño Margs on the menu at Bartaco, do i need to request them specifically? I’ve been on the hunt for a good one in/around atlanta for almost a year, and that’s not an exaggeration! Any other spots around town that have good Jalapeño Margaritas? Please share!!


    • 1.11.18
      Jessica said:

      Yes they make them! Always ask what kind of fruit they have to I like to mix it in with the jalapeño. Whiskey Blue used to make one, I think they still do. Happy margarita hunting!