Long on informality and comfortingly Americanized Mexican and Southwestern fare. It's decidedly short on glitz as guests order at the bar and carry their own drinks. Stand in line, take a seat and wait for your tacos. In Atlanta, sometimes we like our Mexican food with a little Southern flair — fried chicken taco, anyone — fun ingredients such as hatch chilies in an enchilada, and, of course, a cold beer or margarita. Visit Taqueria del Sol on the Westside and other metro Atlanta locations.
The folks behind Rathbun's opened Krog Bar in a tiny building in the parking lot of the Stove Works complex. It's the closest thing to a genuine tapas bar's ambiance our city has ever seen: The interior is tiny and you'll likely be forced, just as you are in tapas bars in Sevilla, to sit at long tables with strangers. Cured meat and other nibbles comprise the menu, to be consumed alongside vino from an astutely composed list.