There’s a new taco shop on the Midtown block – and the chef is focusing on authentic and quality meals.
Rreal Tacos is the most recent project from Adrian Villarreal, former chef de cuisine at the Spence. The taqueria made its debut last month and is now serving up an authentic dose of Mexican cuisine ranging from traditional tacos to more unique offerings.
“I want people to be pleasantly surprised when they eat the dark horse dishes like the fideos secos – a traditional Mexican vermicelli pasta dish,” Villarreal shared.
Rreal Tacos is admittedly a bit of a directional change for the chef, who says in the past he’s cooked what he thinks people should like, appreciate, and find interesting. Villarreal relocated to Atlanta after spending two years in Paris. While abroad, he worked his way through the ranks of notable establishments while also assisting with chef demonstrations for students at Le Cordon Bleu. With this new venture, Villarreal is focused on going back to the basics
“At Rreal it is not about trying to cook things that might be unknown or luxurious, things that you that you might eat on your birthday or anniversary,” he said. “I instead wanted to cook something that is still real but that people want to eat every day – that I want to eat every day. I believe I can bring something authentic to my guests that they will enjoy and do it the way I like cooking, sourcing and eating.”
That last portion is particularly important to Villarreal. He’s passionate about creating genuine Mexican flavors by pulling from his childhood in Mexico – but is using natural, local, and organic foods whenever possible.
Although Villarreal doesn’t live in Midtown, he shared he’s worked in the same five block radius for the last eight years and the vibe and people in the area have captured his heart.
“The neighborhood and my friends have been very supportive,” he said. “We have a great staff and I believe each day we are getting better at what we do.”
As for the vibe inside of his restaurant? Villarreal says he’s going for a casual fun but home-friendly feel – but that he gave most his attention to the food rather than décor.
If you’re stopping by the new spot, Chef Villarreal has his recommendations and personal favorite menu items.
“Pork Trompo taco with our handmade tortillas, salsa roja and any our daily made and seasonal agua frescas,” he said. “I guess that makes more than a single item -sorry still hard to choose!”
Rreal Tacos is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and stays open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Chef Villarreal says the shop will have its liquor license soon.