Tacos have become as common as burgers on America’s dinner tables.
A fast-food staple now, tacos are believed to have been invented by Mexican silver miners in the 18th century. The word “taco” referred to the charges the miners used to excavate the ore.
“These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved in the rock face. When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite,” Jeffrey M. Pilcher, a history professor, told Smithsonian.com.
Nowadays, you can get a taco without leaving your car, thanks to Glen Bell and his Taco Bell chain.
But Atlanta’s favorite tacos aren’t from a chain.
When we asked readers who makes the best taco, more than 1,000 people responded.
Our third- and fourth-place winners, Bartaco and Taqueria El Rey Del Taco, respectively, were separated by only five votes.
No. 2 in voting was El Taco Veloz in Gwinnett.
Which taco did you pick as the best?
Taqueria del Sol in DeKalb was the clear winner, with more than 25% of the votes.
Looking for something other than tacos? Here is a list of other Best of Atlanta winners:
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