Plaza Fiesta, near the intersection of Buford Highway and Clairmont Road, offers 350,000 square feet of shopping and eating. We did the research for you, finding delicious treats we think you’ll enjoy eating there or will want to take home. Our three recommendations are all conveniently located around the mall’s main food court.
Ceviche from Mariscos Malecon Express
Mexican food isn’t all tacos and enchiladas. In fact, the country is famous for its seafood dishes and Mariscos Malecon Express is offering incredibly fresh seafood at Plaza Fiesta. We wanted something cool and refreshing so we went for ceviche, a dish of seafood cooked in citrus juice and garnished with fresh vegetables. We tried the ceviche mixto, a combination of tilapia, shrimp, octopus and surimi (imitation crab) combined with tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers and avocado. It came with crisp tostados (for crunch) and lime wedges (to add more fresh flavor). And it was delicious. And even though we ordered the small serving, it was definitely enough for two.
$15.99 for a small serving. Mariscos Malecon Express at Plaza Fiesta, 4166 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta. 404-963-2656. https://www.plazafiesta.net/
Venezuelan Arepas and Empanadas from Taqueria La Norteña
Arepas are pastry pockets made of corn flour, especially popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They’re cooked on a griddle like a pancake and then filled with meats and/or cheese, and if you wish, lettuce and tomato. At Taqueria La Norteña, they offer arepas with a variety of fillings including carne mechada (roasted beef), pollo mechado (roasted chicken), jamon (ham) and queso (cheese). The same dough is used to make empanadas (small turnovers) that come filled with your choice carne mechada, pollo mechado or queso among other choices. Don’t miss the sauces that put these over the top. We tried the garlic sauce, one flavored with chipotle and a Central and South American favorite, pink sauce (a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise). You’ll want to enjoy these right away because they’re best while still hot.
$4.99 for arepas, $2.50 for empanadas. Taqueria La Norteña at Plaza Fiesta, 4166 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta. 404-325-4455. https://www.plazafiesta.net/
Churros from Churros Mi Terra
Not familiar with churros? Think jelly doughnut but in the shape of a long ridged stick. A not-too-sweet dough is quickly fried into a 12-inch long tube, then dredged in cinnamon sugar. The hot churros sit waiting for you to decide how you’d like to fill the hole in the middle. The ten choices of fillings include cajeta (Mexican caramel sauce), chocolate, durazno (peach), fresa (strawberry), vainilla (vanilla), manzana (apple), guayaba (guava) and piña (pineapple). We tried the cajeta and the guayaba and enjoyed every sticky bite. The photo shows the chocolate filling.
$3 per filled churro, $2.50 for unfilled. Churros Mi Tierra at Plaza Fiesta, 4166 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta. https://www.plazafiesta.net/
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