Filling up at this metro Atlanta gas station is tasty

Barbacoa and pollo tacos are on the menu at Taqueria Taquito Express. Angela Hansberger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Barbacoa and pollo tacos are on the menu at Taqueria Taquito Express. Angela Hansberger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dish of the Week: Tacos at Taqueria Taquito Express

If there is a long line at a taco stand, you usually are in the right place.

Taqueria Taquito Express is a chain of taco stands located at gas stations in Dunwoody, Chamblee, Kennesaw, Alpharetta and Atlanta’s Virginia Highland neighborhood. You quickly forget you are in a gas station when you see the action behind the counter, with stacks of tortillas, a sizzling griddle, quesadillas being flipped and a bin of ready-to-go containers of red and green salsas above a sign that reads, “Straight Outta Mexico.”

With tortas, tamales, breakfast burritos and empanadas on offer, and a wide selection of meat fillings, it’s impossible to go wrong, but a standout — and my go-to order — is the barbacoa taco. The tortilla is fluffy, yet strong enough to hold the heaping portion of slow-cooked beef tucked into it. Inside, the meat is hot, tender and juicy, made perfect with cilantro, onions, a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of the salsa roja. Better yet, add the cooling green tomatillo salsa, too.

Taqueria Taquito Express. 5418 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-512-3336, taquitoatl.com

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