Monday, March 28, 2016

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant - Sandy Springs Georgia

You can find this location of El Azteca at 5925 Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs GA 30328 in Sandy Springs, just north of the perimeter and in the same shopping center anchored by Lowe's Home Improvement. parking is in the lot surrounding the restaurant with most of the overfill to the right, just south of the building.


This is another one of those restaurants I've visited many, many times over the years starting in the 90's - there's a bit of an odd story to this restaurant in that a family member opened a second location just a short distance further north so at one point there were two El Aztecas, a couple of miles from each other and competing for the same locals.

This location (and the one remaining) has a rather expansive footprint with plenty of room to handle just about any sized party. I especially like to meet friends out on the patio and have margaritas while munching on chips and Mexican cuisine. This is a Tex-Mex style Mexican restaurant that's been around for a long time - the food is more of what I call the schwag-Mexican variety - mostly fare for Americans. The chips are good but the salsa could use a bit more kick. All the food in general is quite palatable but nothing special, still this is a solid restaurant.

The margaritas here are OK but nothing special - ask for the Texas style if you want to get a buzz and having something a bit better. The bar is decent sized and not a bad place to spend the afternoon after work. I do love the graphs on the latest incarnation of the menu - nothing like muscular Aztec warriors to get the excitement going. There are also unusual painted artwork along this vein on the walls.

The service here is exceptional and has been great for as long as I can remember. If you come a lot the servers remember you and they often know what you order. The food itself is typical of these types of Mexican restaurants and sure to please most American palates. While El Azteca isn't anything special, it is a location for this type of food and if you're like me, you'll get into situations where this is exactly what you're looking for. Combine the food with the service and you'll have a solid experience (especially after a margarita or two).

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
El Azteca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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