Revel in the made-from-scratch Mexican feast made for two, alongside secret top-shelf margaritas, and a decor lined with skulls and devils. (The festive, happy kind, of course.)
Forget every mediocre Tex-Mex experience you've ever had, because Bone Garden couldn't be further from fake cacti and speedy gonzales combos. And while you're forgetting, go ahead and do away with notions of taquerias that, sadly, have not an ounce of ambience. This cantina, tucked away on the Westside, has the best of both worlds: a lively, margarita-fueled vibe, and a menu of legit, from-scratch Mexican food just like your abuela would make it. The folks behind the Vortex have taken the kind of genuine, home-style tacos and tamales you'd find on Buford Highway and brought them into a cantina atmosphere, where the 100% agave tequila flows freely and the skull-adorned, Dia de los Muertos-inspired decor is unlike any other Mexican restaurant you'll find in Atlanta.
With ingredients like hibiscus flower, braised goat, and blackened tilapia, all unique creations from the kitchen, the taco selection here ain't exactly your typical ground beef 'n lettuce formula. Bone Garden's fans have flocked to the carne adobo taco, with grilled steak marinated in guajillo chile, but there's plenty of room to explore your culinary curiosities (hola, chicharrones) or dabble in something a little different (tongue, anyone?). And you'll definitely want to get your paws on the best tamales in town, made in small batches each morning and afternoon and steamed in corn husks (or, in the case of the puerco azteca, a banana leaf). And the perfect libation for all these tasty homemade victuals? A fresh margarita, of course. Bone Garden's bar rocks an extensive selection, but you'll have the password to the Rosangel Authentico—a semi-secret, off-the-menu elixir that mixes fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and Gran Centenario Rosangel tequila (translation: the really good stuff). It's the staff favorite, and it makes those other restaurants' syrupy imposters green with envy. Literally. The cherry on top of this Mexican feast? A warm, sweet, cinnamon-y banana empanada, the perfectly crispy, delicious dessert to finish off your taco-tamale-tequila fiesta.
There are few of life's tribulations that can't be solved with a bowl of queso, a round of tacos, and a strong margarita. And really, you deserve much better than once-frozen fare on a "Combination J" plate. Luckily, this lively hidden spot and its tacos, tamales, and tequila are the perfect holy trinity... and there's nary a plastic cactus in sight.