Spicy Date Night
"Where are we going?" asked my husband. I had a hard time
describing the event we were about to attend. Its a block party
at Taqueria Del Sol to celebrate a chile crop. "Where is
Taqueria Del Sol?" was his response. Obviously, I need to get my
husband out of the house more often...
Taqueria Del Sol hosted their 3rd Annual Hatch Chile Festival
this past Sunday evening. My husband and I were both
(eventually) very happy to attend and experience the fun first
hand. Hatch, New Mexico is known worldwide for their chile crop,
and to the die hard fans, they stock up bushels of chiles in
their freezers. We are novices, but I can tell you, the food was
phenomenal! Everything had a moderate heat factor, and we
enjoyed the tastings like they were a fine wine, ohhhing and
ahhhing over the yumminess of it all.
If you have not been to this restaurant like my husband, you are
not living life to its fullest. The original Taqueria Del Sol is
located westside of Atlanta at 1200-B Howell Mill Road. They
have some amazing menu items year round, and its an affordable
way to dine out inexpensively without sacrificing great food.
Their casual atmosphere makes any visit a great one. For this
event, they blocked off part of the parking lot and put up tents
and food stations. They sold tickets online for a 5pm or 6:30
seating at $18.50. There was a band playing and they offered a
cash bar (for alcoholic drinks). Pitchers of margaritas were
In the parking lot, the chiles were roasted and skinned of their
char, and then sent in for the kitchen to transform into amazing
dishes. Some of the dishes included a slider with roasted chiles
as a tasty condiment, cheesy grits infused with chiles and
topped with a tasty brisket, a mango slaw, a chicken burrito and
the best dish of all, a chile relleno - a whole roasted pepper
stuffed with cheese, then breaded, fried and served with a
delish tomato-jalapeno salsa.
Then they had desserts and yes,
they were spicy too! One was a rich chocolate ice cream with
caramel throughout. The caramel was infused with, you guessed
it, a lovely chile spice!
There was also my all-time favorite
cookie, a shortbread cookie with little flakes of peppers in the
thin icing glazing. Beyond yummy! I would have never imagined a
new favorite food category for me - Spicy desserts!
My husband came around very quickly after assessing the venue,
the food stations and the cash bar locations. It doesn't take
much to make him happy. We had a great time communing with
fellow table-mates and enjoying a nice evening sans child. I've
decided this is an event we will visit again. A relaxing date
night on a Sunday evening in early fall is a great way to
reconnect while bonding over Hatch chiles.
Taqueria Del Sol's core menu includes just a few exceptional
mainstays with revolving weekly lunch & dinner specials. Not
only do they serve the same menu items for lunch and dinner, but
they also serve the menu items at the same price! In addition to
the Howell Mill location, they also have a Decatur, Cheshire
Bridge, and Athens GA + Orlando FL locations. Find them online