I haven’t eaten at Taco Veloz for years, but still remember their authentic Mexican tacos as being absolutely delicious. The original “Taco Veloz” is a small Taco “Stand” located among the diverse selection of international restaurants lining Buford Highway in the City of Doraville. Most of their business is drive-thru, though they have a few benches for outside dining and take out.
At Taco Veloz, you can expect great tasting tacos served the way they should be in a fast food setting.
The Doraville Taco Veloz location was recently featured on Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover: 36 Hours in Atlanta, which originally aired on January 14, 2013 on the Travel Channel. Renowned food critic and chef, Anthony Bourdain ordered a couple of “tacos de lengua” (Beef Tongue Tacos) in the drive-thru and was instantly impressed with their authenticity and flavor. After watching the show, I knew it was time to return and check if their tacos are still as great as I remember.
Since their opening, Taco Veloz has opened up a handful of locations around the Atlanta area in more traditional restaurant settings. Don’t expect anything fancy and you won’t be disappointed. You can expect great tasting tacos served the way they should be in a fast food setting.
The tacos are small and wrapped with two fresh tortillas. A few tacos will fill you up fast. I tried three of their most popular tacos. I started with a traditional Taco Carne Asada, which is grilled steak with cilantro and my favorite. Next I tried the Taco Chile Relleno (Cheese Stuffed Pepper), which was spicy and delicious. Finally, I wrapped up with Bourdain’s favorite, Taco de Lengua (Beef Tongue Taco). The meat has a very strong, distinct flavor and almost melts in your mouth.
Although they are famous for their tacos, they also serve up some fantastic authentic Burritos and Tortas (Mexican Sandwiches). They also have a number of traditional sides like beans and rice. Wash it down with a cold Coca Cola or a more authentic drink like a Horchata, a traditional Mexican beverage made of rice and milk.
Their menu is very simple and the service is always warm and genuine. Don’t expect any “Tex Mex” chips and salsa brought out to your table. This is the real thing. Most of their locations are open late night and the Doraville location is open until 4 a.m. Taco Veloz has won a number of awards including being Voted “Incredibly Intense and Fresh” from the Atlanta Dining Guide, 2004. Read a few of their online reviews on Yelp and you’ll realize how popular this place really is.
The Doraville restaurant is located at 5084 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30341 (770) 936-9094). For more information and additional locations, visit TacoVeloz.com.
– Barry Stepe
Marketing & Communications Manager
DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau