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Daily Candy: Tacos, Macked

Another recent Daily Candy piece, on Shaun Doty's new gig as consulting chef of The Original El Taco.
October 17, 2008 Tacos, Macked The Original El Taco Opens Yes, we know. Money and gas are super tight. But that’s no reason to haunt the 99-cent menu of every Tom, Dick, and Wendy’s within driving distance. Degrease a wrapper and grab a pen. The Original El Taco opens Tuesday. The new taqueria in VA-HI/Morningside does modern interpretations of Tex-Mex dishes. Traditionalists will go for chili cheese enchiladas; creative cravers will stay for pork belly tacos and Mexican Coke floats. Exec chef/partner Shaun Doty’s take? Effortless and fun. The proof: an open salsa bar; SCAD-commissioned murals of lucha libre figures, Frida K., and tacos; a roulette wheel for win-a-drink contests. The casual setting (did we mention the margarita machine?) means you won’t need fancy threads to make a night of it. And you know what that gives you. Another day, another dollar. The Original El Taco, 1186 North Highland Avenue, Morningside (404-873-4656).

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