It’s not Taco. It’s not Mac. But it’s good.

While in Atlanta, one of my coworkers recommended going to a local chain with a large beer selection – Taco Mac.  One evening, a couple of us popped out to enjoy a brew from their extensive beer selection, and give the food a try, too.

After arriving, I was shocked at how extensive the draught beer selection was. 

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I was impressed with the beer menu.

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What was even better, there was a great selection of Georgia beers.  I’m a big fan of both Terrapin and Sweetwater breweries, so I was excited to try some beers that are generally unavailable in Las Vegas.

They didn’t just have beer, though.  As our reader is probably aware, Coca-Cola is housed in Atlanta.  Evidently, Coca-Cola is trying out a new drink dispensing system – basically a new kind of soda fountain.  Taco Mac, being a local Atlanta merchant, had this new system.  The beverage selection was, just as much as the beer selection, extensive.

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After surveying the beverage selection, I did, in fact, decide on a beer.  One of my all-time favorites – Terrapin Rye.

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I also ordered a bite to eat.  Boneless chicken fingers (known as chicken nuggets or chicken fingers when I was in elementary school) and French fries.

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As it turns out, the food was actually really, really good.  The fries were perfect and the tenders were juicy with great sauce.  It was all top-notch, which I didn’t really expect.  I generally expected the beer selection to compensate for what was otherwise mediocre/lackluster food.  Not the case, though!  The beer was everything I hoped for, while the food exceeded my expectations. 

I topped it all off with a second beer – Sweetwater IPA.  Georgians definitely know how to do craft beer.

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It was “just a bar,” but everything about it was a step above everything I expected.  I made my way back again (to a different location – it’s a local chain) while I was in Atlanta, and found it to be just as tasty.  I was even more excited when I heard that Taco Mac had opened a shop in our very own, Charlotte (South Park)! 

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3 thoughts on “It’s not Taco. It’s not Mac. But it’s good.

  1. I’ve been meaning to ask you this for ages, but keep forgetting (until now obviously) – have you been to The Pub in the Monte Carlo hotel? I’m sure you have but I don’t remember reading about it, and just on the off-chance as I know you don’t spend that much time on the Strip… 70 draft beers, microbreweries & imports included… I went there last November, and I loved it! Didn’t try the food in there as I was on my way to a different burger place for lunch, but it looked OK if you just want something like a burger to soak up all those beers!

  2. Chrissie – Thanks for the tip! I’m pretty sure the Husband hasn’t been to The Pub yet (I know I haven’t) but we’ve thought about checking it out. He had been a fan of The Pub’s predecessor (whose name I’m forgetting). We’ll add it to the list and hopefully will have it on the site soon :-)

  3. Hi, Chrissie,

    Sorry for the uber-delayed response! I’m having a problem with my comment-tracking setting! The Pub at the Monte Carlo has changed it’s vibe several times since it opened. I used to be a huge fan of it back in the 2001-2005 timeframe – when they actually had the brewery right there and working. Since then, they have gone through some big changes. The last time I went, I really wasn’t all that impressed with it, so I haven’t gone back. It didn’t have 70 beers on tap back then, though, THAT’S for sure. I’ll have to put it back on my list, and we’ll make it a point to go check it out. We’ll be sure to blog about it, too! Thanks!

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