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Alma Cocina Finally Brings Its Pork Tamales and Chicken Mole to Buckhead

The Buckhead location of the downtown Atlanta modern Mexican restaurant opens Tuesday, February 4

pork tamales at Alma Cocina
Pork tamales
Fifth Group Restaurants
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The second location of modern Mexican restaurant Alma Cocina opens for dinner on Tuesday, February 4, in Buckhead. The Fifth Group-backed establishment resides on the ground floor of building 100 in the Terminus complex at the corner of Peachtree Street and Piedmont Road.

Alma Cocina first opened at One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta nine years ago. Longtime Alma Cocina chef Chad Clevenger now leads the kitchen in Buckhead, while former Alma sous chef, Robert Rambo, takes over at the downtown restaurant.

Most of the Buckhead menu remains similar to that of its downtown location, with a few new dishes from Clevenger like masa fried shrimp and chile en nogada, a poblano pepper stuffed with fried cauliflower, black beans, butternut squash, pomegranate, and walnut sauce. Popular Alma dishes such as the roasted chicken mole, fried avocado tacos, and pork lechoncito (suckling pig) tamale are also on the menu in Buckhead.

As for drinks, expect cocktails using agave-based spirits as well as pisco, mezcal, and rum.

Roasted chicken mole at Alma Cocnia
Roasted chicken mole
Fifth Group Restaurants
Two churros with three dipping sauces at Alma Cocina in Buckhead Atlanta
Fifth Group Restaurants

A weekend brunch is served starting at 11 a.m. offering breakfast burritos filled with scrambled eggs, chihuahua cheese, and chorizo, tres leches French toast, and a savory breading pudding (capirotada) consisting of chorizo, rajas, and chihuahua cheese.

Lunch service begins Monday, February 10, followed by weekend brunch starting on Saturday, February 15.

Other Fifth Group restaurants include: multiple locations of South City Kitchen, Lure in Midtown, Ecco (Midtown, Buckhead, Hartsfield), and La Tavola Trattoria and the Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland.

Hours beginning February 15: Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday - Thursday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

3280 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.

Alma Cocina

191 Peachtree Street Northwest, , GA 30303 (404) 968-9662 Visit Website


40 7th Street Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 347-9555 Visit Website


1106 Crescent Avenue Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 817-3650 Visit Website

The Original El Taco

1186 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 873-4656 Visit Website

South City Kitchen

1675 Cumberland Parkway Southeast, , GA 30080 (770) 435-0700 Visit Website

La Tavola Trattoria

992 Virginia Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 873-5430 Visit Website


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1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30305 (404) 347-5291 Visit Website