This is the best Mexican restaurant in Georgia, a new ranking says

Winner: Best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta 2019

Chicken in mole sauce and tlayudas make this Jonesboro joint stand out, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Taqueria La Oaxaqueña's website claims it's "the best Mexican food in town!" Financial website 24/7 Wall St. disagrees. In its latest ranking, 24/7 says the Jonesboro restaurant is the best Mexican food in the state.

"Mexican street tacos with ten different fillings plus three American-style tacos are on the menu here, but it's the Oaxacan specialties — like chicken in mole sauce and tlayudas (a bit like pizzas on oversize corn tortillas) — that make this place stand out," the website wrote.

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Tlayudas are an Oaxacan specialty at Taqueria La Oaxaqueña in Jonesboro. This one is topped with chorizo and al pastor meat. A cabeza taco is at upper left. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK

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To identify the best Mexican restaurant in every state, 24/7 reviewed the top-rated restaurants nationwide in Yelp’s Mexican and New Mexican categories. To be considered, restaurants needed to be in or near a city with a population of at least 100,000 people. In states with few or no cities of this size, restaurants in smaller cities were considered. Chain restaurants, food trucks, takeout places with no seating, pan-Latino or Central American establishments, and restaurants specializing in Korean-Mexican and other hybrid cuisines were eliminated, as were Mexican markets unless they had in-store restaurants.

“The mole sauce was as rich as it looked,” a Californian wrote on Yelp. “The beef tongue was tender without being mushy like many places. The hand made tortillas were icing on the cake.”

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The chicken mole is a wonderful way to sample the traditional Oaxacan fare at Taqueria La Oaxaqueña in Jonesboro. Above left: a tamale with pork and green salsa and a sope with lengua. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK

If a drive south of the airport doesn't appeal to you, head over to Buford Highway, where you can take a Mexican food tour without leaving Plaza Fiesta.

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