I’ve written about the unearthly “Torta Cubana” in the past – a sandwich that typically includes no less than 3 proteins and a plethora of other cholesterol inducing nightmares.
The La Cubana at Tacos La Nortena is rather tame in comparison to past experiences: milanesa (a breaded and fried beef cutlet), al pastor (pork marinated in chilies and pineapple, then roasted) and ham on bolillo (a Mexican style baguette) with tomatoes, avocado, onions, cheese and who knows what else. I say tame, because usually you’ll find at a minimum fried eggs, occasionally bacon, beans, sausage, hot dogs, mounted deer heads, etc.
Tasty in the “I’d enjoy this more if I were hung over, or at least still drunk” way, it’s definitely a meal that you’ll be packing around for a while. Needless to say, skip it if you’re about to undertake any manual labor or strenuous exercise, like say, walking back to your car.
The experience is definitely enhanced by the atmosphere – the food court at Plaza Fiesta is bathed in that weird neon glow that you find in movie theatre lobbies, or when you drift off to the “cheap” restaurants in a Las Vegas casino. Nowhere else in Atlanta will you eat with huge poster of a luchador peering over your shoulder.
Tacos La Norteña
In the food court at Plaza Fiesta
4166 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30345