The tide keeps bringing in the big foodie contenders for Atlanta’s hottest new development, and the latest wave delivers Bartaco, fresh from the So-Cal beaches to the old Dixie Packing Company site. Now, surf shack chic meets an industrial edge for the perfect Baja-come-to-town feel.

Whitewash clapboard, weathered wood, fishing basket mixtures, bring seaside style into a former industrial space to create an urban retreat at Bartaco Westside.

Whitewash clapboard, weathered wood and fishing basket pendants bring seaside style to the urban retreat known as Bartaco Westside.

The modern tapas menu keeps the atmosphere casual yet offers up some decidedly new tastes. Tables set with individual ordering tablets and pencils let everyone mix-and-match selections to cure whatever their cravings. Though the cuisine radiates it’s Mexican inspiration, a variety of flavors splash about, including some Asian and Mediterranean twists. Taco platters may take center stage, but the supporting entrées, salads and sides play leads in their own vignettes. (The chopped salad and mushroom mole tamale … still craving it! I may need a minute … )

Menu tallies keep up with the steam of tapas and tacos coming to the table at Bartaco Westside

Menu tallies keep up with the steam of tapas and tacos coming to the table.

A full taco platter ready to be devoured. (Image courtesy: Bartaco)

A full taco platter ready to be devoured. (Image courtesy: Bartaco)

Taco close-up... try not to drool on the pictures from Bartaco Westside.

Taco close-up … try not to drool.

Still room for dessert? How about some cinnamon-sugared churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce?

Still room for dessert? How about some cinnamon-sugared churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce?

The large bar and beautiful drinks make this spot ripe for the active Atlanta social scene. Somehow, even when crowded, the beachy atmosphere keeps the mood sunny … or maybe that’s the tasty tequilas talking. A huge patio space truly brings the inside out, and when weather permits, the outside in with the opening of wide glass panels.

Bartenders use the best ingredients for refreshing cocktails at Bartaco Westside. (Image credit: Jeff Herr Photography)

Bartenders use the best ingredients for refreshing cocktails. (Image credit: Jeff Herr Photography)

The Bartaco patio echoes that surf shack appeal and begs for fun group of friends with margaritas flowing. (Image credit: Jeff Herr Photography)

The patio echoes that surf shack appeal and begs for fun groups of friends with margaritas flowing. (Image credit: Jeff Herr Photography)

There’s a simple sophistication to every aspect of Bartaco, from the menu to the interior design. The beach resort feel creates a mood that fits business casual or family-friendly during the day, and transition to date night fun when evening glows. Plan ahead for a visit — Bartaco currently takes no reservations and doesn’t split checks, and the congested location necessitates valet parking. Once seated, just relax and relish the cool California style of Bartaco Westside … laid back, light and layering on the flavor.

Bartaco Westside is located at 969 Marietta St. Learn more at www.bartaco.com.

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