Who can turn down the opportunity to sample tacos and drinks? I sure can’t. A few weeks ago, I was invited to try out the menu at Teela Taqueria in Sandy Springs. I was somewhat familiar with the ownership as they also own Tin Can Fish & Oyster House (Sandy Springs) and Tin Can Oyster Bar (Brookhaven).
It was a great way to spend a Wednesday night and, of course, the meal was incredible. The eatery, from brother and sister team Artemis “Arte” Antoniades and Nikitas “Nik” Panagopoulos, marries a flavorful, robust menu with colorful décor and vibrant ambiance, with the addition of live music every Wednesday.
I had my eyes and taste buds set on quite a few selections under the ‘Tacos with a Twist’ ($3.95 each) portion of the menu when I pulled into the City Walk shopping center. And even with an expansive menu, I stayed on task.
The Southern BLT taco intrigued me, sheerly because I wanted to know how this classic sandwich would translate stuffed into a folded tortilla. And you know what? It works! Almost immediately I was struck by the two, large slices of bacon that were placed crisscross on top of the taco. And they didn’t just serve any tomato, but a fried green tomato at that. Other ingredients include mixed greens, feta cheese, and a creamy, smoked chili aioli. In other words, this was worth it!
The Seafood Medley taco was hands down my favorite out of the trio I tried. Stuffed with fried calamari, shrimp, baby scallops, Parmesan cheese, shredded lettuce and a lime tartar sauce — this taco was full of great flavor. You can never go wrong with calamari and shrimp and the sauce really put the taste over the top.
Probably one of the most adventurous was the Greek Gyro taco. Again, this was another home run stuffed with lamb gyro, tzatziki yogurt sauce, lettuce, and tomato. And if you love gyros, then you’ll definitely salivate over the taste of this taco.
For dessert, I opted for the Flan ($4.50) — the perfect cool and creamy treat to balance all the flavors of the tacos. And of course, I had to have something to wash everything down with. With a separate menu full of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, I picked the Passion Georgia. A delicious mix of Epic peach vodka, passion fruit pulp, muddled oranges, and Sprite. It was a sweet concoction that doesn’t have too strong a taste of liquor, which I like but is one to pace yourself on.
Teela Taqueria is a treasured and lively space for the Sandy Springs area and for those who want to venture outside of their area. This is a great after work spot, a place to meet up with friends and on Wednesdays a place to take in the sounds of the band, while you sip and dine.