Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quick Bites: Michoacan Mexican Restaurant on Buford Highway

Mr. AT, little brother and I ventured out to Buford Highway the other night for some authentic Mexican eats. We had intended to check out Churreria after reading a glowing review of it elsewhere, but we showed up and found it to be little more than a counter, pastries and empty ice cream serving bowls. So we hightailed it next door to Michoacan, a Mexican restaurant next door.

We speak no Spanish, and the waitress spoke little English, but from what we understood she highly recommended the daily special, which she described as a beef soup. We ordered a bowl of that and some basic tacos (asado, el pastor and cabeza to be exact).

Imagine our surprise - the bowl was big enough to feed a horse, thank goodness we ordered just one. Yikes double surprise - the meat in it had an unfortunate organy look - what exactly was this?!? It had a pale fatty layer on top of it and it was more pink than brown. Hmm... Stomach perhaps? We inquired to our waitress and she went to ask someone in the back - yes it was indeed stomach. Now I'm an adventurous eater. I love me some fois gras or sweetbreads, but this stuff was just too much for me. I tried to take a bit, and the squishy, spongy texture was just not something my American taste buds could handle. Blech!

Admittedly the guys at the next table over were devouring the stuff, so clearly it's not a bad dish if you've got a taste for cow stomach. I simply DO NOT.

Yikes, seriously, if you're going to recommend a dish, maybe you should give a hint that it's made of something like stomach. I'm all for trying things like that, but I'd like to know what I'm getting into. In the end, we paid $9.00 for a bowl of soup we barely touched, and we had to fill up on their quite tasty $1.75 tacos. On a bright note, their horchata, at least, was out of this world!

We followed that up with a quick trip to Churreria for churros, which also were highly disappointing. They were stale and had clearly been sitting out for far too long. I took a couple bites and trashed it. Not my finest hour on Buford Highway...

3336 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 477-1811

Taqueria Michoacan on Urbanspoon



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