The new Bad Dog Taqueria – located in the old Sprouts Café space – is bringing fresh, unique offerings and an international flair to Emory Village.
It’s the first restaurant for owners Tracy Mitchell and Bardo Arroyave, who are neighbors and friends in Ormewood Park. Tracy said, “I’ve been an accountant and I’ve built new homes, but I’m a foodie at heart. I’ve done a lot of international travel and love trying local specialties. I’d been thinking about doing a restaurant, so when I saw this space I went for it.”
Bardo was in tech sales, but also grew up with a special interest in food, recalling, “My dad was a chef for Pan Am.”
Why open an internationally-flavored taqueria? Tracy realized there wasn’t a locally-owned one in Atlanta. “Emory is so multi-cultural – it seemed like a great fit,” she said.
Not only are Bad Dog’s soft tacos made locally – virtually all of the fillings are also obtained from local and organic sources. Plus, they’re also priced at just $2.99. For example, the Tastes Like Chicken taco features plantain-encrusted chicken breast, creamy cilantro sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. And the vegetarian Bollywood is made with traditional Indian samosa with curried potatoes, peas, plus tamarind coriander chutney.
As you can see, Bad Dog’s primary goal to have a menu filled with delicious offerings you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, there are burrito versions of the nine core tacos, as well as salad versions. And for a uniquely cool dessert? Try Bad Dog’s coconut jalapeño paleta – a traditional Mexican popsicle, sourced fresh right here in Atlanta.
Bad Dog’s hours: Lunch, Mon.- Sun., 11:30-2:30; Dinner, Sun.-Thurs., 5-9; Fri.-Sat., 5-10. 404-370-8822; www.facebook.com/BadDogTaqueria.