Dinner at Urban Pl8 (awesome Paleo)

So… I signed up for the BTB45 and decided to go to UrbanPl8 (a paleo friendly restaurant).

They are located off of Huff Road. It’s a really cool place. Sat at the bar and was amazed at all the paleo friendly dishes they serve. (menu)

I decided to go with the recommended Hanger Steak with grilled artichokes and Jalapeno Cole slaw.

I can’t wait to return so I can try the….

(no… not the krispie kreme doughnut – THE PALEO DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIE)


Forgive the dark pictures… I took them with the iPhone which doesn’t take great night pics.

On The Border – Buckhead

Had dinner this evening at On The Border located at the Buckhead Crossing and 400

On The Border is a national franchise chain and which ever location you go to you know you are going to get the same thing. From the esthetics (very nice as always, made me feel good) to the usual home made flour tortillas to the wierd half fried tortillas (as opposed to the traditional 4cut tortilla chips) served with their home made salsa.

I walked in and there was at least 8 people ahead of me waiting to be seated with plenty of tables available. this led me to beleive that the hostess was not on her game this evening. Once seated we were served our fountain drinks which were flat. The tortilla halves and salsa were decent. The tortilla halve was a bit bland aside from the salt. The salsa was a little wattery.

I decided to stray away from my usual fajita choice (and they offered an ultimate fajita with chicken, steak, shrimp, and carnita) so I chose the fish tacos accompanied with black beans and rice.

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El Taco Veloz – Buford Hwy

Had lunch at one of my favorite hole-in-the-wall places in Atlanta. El taco Veloz #1 located off of Buford Hwy and Shallowford Road. I usually have a burrito of carne asada, onions, and cilantro but I decided to include their carnita tacos and a large horchata.

This place hasn’t changed at all since it opened some 20 plus years ago. I can’t even remember what it was before El Taco Veloz. It does have a drive thru and only outside patio seating. The tabels are old picnic tables with 12×12 tiles serving as table top. Nevertheless, I don’t go there for their appearance. The food is good if you want real traditional basic Mexican food.

Appearance: ★★☆☆☆

Food Quality: ★★★★☆


Price: ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★★★☆

La Fonda Latina – Peachtree Road

Had dinner at La Fonda Latina on Peachtree Street in Buckhead. Had the traditional chips and guacamole dip along with a nice frozen Texas margarita (x2). The chips were about a 3.5/5 on a thickness scale and the guacamole was actually pretty good. I ordered 3 tilapia tacos served on flour tortillas with lettuce, tomatoes, and tarter sauce accompanied by yellow rice and black beans.

La Fonda is always next door to a Felini’s (same owner I think, pretty neat). It was a cool evening and there was Mexican music playing in the background. Both restaurants were busy and bustling with Buckhead folks. The ambiance was good and relaxing. The service was decent, nothing spectacular. I was disappointed that I could not mix my taco order. I wanted 2 tilapias and 1 chicken but they wouldn’t have it.

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Ernesto’s Mexican Restaurant

I went to Louisville, KY on business and felt like having a margarita and some good Mexican food. I remembered that I had a customer/friend who opened up a Mexican restaurant off of Shelbyville Road and decided to visit him. Unfortunately, he was not there but I decided to have a late lunch there anyway.

Here is my review:

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I was very disappointed with my experience. I had heard such great things about this location. I assume that maybe the economy the was it is that they decided to buy cheaper quality items in order to maintain low food costs. Unfortunately, the quality was sub par.

The chips that were served we overcooked and thick. The frozen margarita I ordered was slushy and half was just crushed ice, the guacamole was watery and the trio fajitas was decent. The shrimp was a little rubbery.

Ernesto’s Mexican Restaurant
10602 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40223

Appearance: ★★★
Food Quality: ★★