Lunch Dates: La Carreta

Mags McDee is a loyal reader and pretty close neighbor in East Cobb. She is very enthusiastic about La Carreta and we plan a date so I can check it out. It’s located right next to Harry’s Farmers Market in a building that once housed a fast food establishment. We have driven by it hundreds of times and probably never would have gone in without some friendly persuasion.
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When we arrive at 1pm on a Monday it’s pretty busy. By the time I take this picture a few hours later, we are the only ones left!
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It’s a big place with a nicely-stocked bar. Apparently the margaritas are excellent, but since we both have busy afternoons planned, we pass on the alcohol. Maybe next time!
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That’s a basket of fresh limes. Mags says that’s what makes the margaritas so good. Alas, we settle for a wedge in our waters.
Do not miss the Tostones con Guacamole. A fried plantain and corn patty is served with some of the best guac this reporter has ever tasted. The half-order is perfect for two people to share.
I order an enchilada plate. It comes with 3 enchiladas, black beans and rice. You can choose red or green sauce, which I get on the side. The green sauce is flavorful. It’s got a kick, but it’s mild enough so that I do not suffer as I eat it.

one chicken, two brisket
one chicken, two brisket

Margaret orders hers with some green and some red sauce. It’s much prettier and probably has more of a kick!
We get a side order of coleslaw to share. It’s pretty bland, which is sometimes a welcome accompaniment to a spicy meal.
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I should mention that there is also a Latin market on the premises. Here’s a peek inside.
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The verdict: Do not be deceived by the plain exterior or the old building. This place is cooking up some delicious Latin treats. Don’t expect any free chips at this authentic Mexican-Columbian restaurant. Save the room for high-quality, expertly-prepared real food.

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