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Opening September 20, Chicheria MX Kitchen Becomes the Newest Restaurant to Debut at the Works

With a menu created by “Top Chef” and Hugh Acheson restaurant alumnus Whitney Otawka, Chicheria MX Kitchen brings the dishes of Baja to the Works

Three smoked maitake mushroom tacos on a green plate stuffed into blue corn tortillas garnished with poblano rajas, garlic crema, and a crispy cheese “blanket” from Chicheria MX Kitchen in Atlanta.
Smoked maitake mushroom tacos.
Erik Meadows
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Chicheria MX Kitchen becomes the next full-service restaurant to debut at the Works in Underwood Hills, when it opens Wednesday, September 20, at the complex. And it features dishes styled after those found along the Baja peninsula and a takeout window for food and drinks to go.

Located on Chattahoochee Row near Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Forum Cocktail Club, and Taste Wine Bar and Market, owners Juan Sebastian Calle and Adam Berlin tapped cookbook author and Top Chef alumnus chef Whitney Otawka to consult on the menu in collaboration with head chef Alejandro Tamez. Tamez’s previous kitchen stints include Quintonil in Mexico City, considered one of the world’s 50 best restaurants.

Otawka is no stranger to the Atlanta dining scene, having worked for Hugh Acheson at his Athens restaurants Five and Ten and Cinco y Diez (now closed) and hosting dinners and pop-ups in both Athens and Atlanta over the years. She grew up in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. While writing her cookbook, “The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South”, Otawka worked as the executive chef of the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, a barrier island off the Georgia coast.

Otawka and Tamez, who are also longtime friends, spent time traveling throughout Baja exploring the foods and culinary traditions of the region. This includes learning to make blue corn tortillas by hand, which are a highlight on the menu and made daily for tacos like the crispy Baja fish, smoked maitake mushroom, and crunchy coconut shrimp.

Look for other dishes such as fajitas with all the accoutrements served with blue corn tortillas and a plate of tender slices of carne asada served with sides of guajillo salsa, sliced avocado, and black beans, a dish Tamez particularly favors.

Two Baja fish tacos on blue corn tortillas topped with a salad of diced onions, tomatoes, and cilantro from Chicheria MX Kitchen in Atlanta.
Baja fish tacos.
Erik Meadows
Slices of medium rare carne asada accompanied by sliced avocado, black beans, greens, pickled onions, and radishes from Chicheria MX Kitchen in Atlanta.
Carne asada.
Erik Meadow
Genetian spritz cocktail mixed with vodka, lemon, avèze, orgeat, cucumber tonic, and peychaud’s bitters garnished with cucumber and lemon in a wine glass from Chicheria MX Kitchen in Atlanta.
Genetian spritz cocktail
Erik Meadows
Blood read Chicha Morada agua fresca made with blue corn tea and red fruits from Chicheria MX Kitchen in Atlanta.
Chicha Morada agua fresca.
Erik Meadows

Chicheria MX Kitchen features six different margaritas, ranging from a classic version and a spicy margarita mixed with jalapeno and habanero tequilas to a lager topped with frozen margarita and another using red bell pepper-infused tequila mixed with red bell pepper and strawberry syrup. Look for other cocktails like the Genetian spritz and coconut water-infused rum drink Playa Paraiso, along with non-alcoholic agua frescas like the Peruvian chicha morada, local and Mexican beers, and wines by the glass.

Chicheria MX Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner, with seating available in the dining room and at the bar, as well as outside on the patio under a cedar canopy.

Take a look at the food and drink menus below:

Open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

202 Chattahoochee Row, Atlanta. chicheriamx.com.