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Where to Find Menudo, Mexico’s Spicy Weekend Soup, Around Atlanta

The labor-intensive dish is usually only available on the weekend

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Walk into any one of Atlanta’s family-run taquerias or Mexican markets with a counter-service taqueria in the back, and the menu likely lists a traditional “weekend-only” soup called menudo. Made from beef tripe (cow stomach) and hominy (made from whole kernels of corn), the slow-cooked broth is seasoned with red chile peppers (to which it owes its brilliant hue), oregano, and garlic. It’s enhanced further with raw onions, shredded cabbage or cilantro, and a squeeze of lime to taste, and comes served with a side of warm corn tortillas or small, crusty rolls for sopping up the juices. This aromatic, protein-packed breakfast soup perks up hazy weekend mornings. Here’s where to find it around Atlanta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

El Jefe Taqueria

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Brito Supermarket’s taqueria moved to a new location recently and renamed itself El Jefe Taqueria. However, the food remains the same here with a variety of tacos on its menu, including al pastor and carne asada. Head in on Sundays for menudo. The soup contains a mix of large chunks of tripe and slivers of honeycomb tripe, with hominy swimming in a slightly pungent chile broth. Menudo is served with a basket of crusty bread, similar to a small French baguette.

Sinaloense Pollo Asados

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While better known for its heaping platters of pollo asado (roast chicken), this family-owned restaurant featuring food from the Sinaloa region of Mexico also serves menudo on Saturdays and Sundays. The rich and fragrant stew-like broth is seasoned with oregano and bay leaves and contains generous amounts of hominy, spongy honeycomb, and chunky tripe. Look for Sinaloense Pollo Asados’s bright yellow signage next to Mozart Bakery on Buford Highway.

Supermercado Chicago

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The counter-service taqueria located in the back right of Supermarket Chicago offers menudo on Saturdays only. The deep red broth carries hints of chile spice and oregano, made even more aromatic by the sizable, thick slices of soft honeycomb tripe. Add a sprinkle of extra red pepper chile flakes to really bring out the heat in this broth. The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. on the weekends.

El Taco Veloz

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The menudo at El Taco Veloz may lean more fast food than homemade, but this substantial bowl of soup comes out quickly with plentiful amounts of soft, chunky tripe. The broth has a somewhat vinegary undertone, so that squeeze of lime may not be necessary. It’s available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Chamblee-Dunwoody and Norcross locations only.

La Pastorcita

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Most associate this unassuming Mexican restaurant on Buford Highway with its freshly made tacos, but don’t skip La Pastorcita’s menudo, offered on Saturday and Sunday. This comforting bowl consists of spongy chunks of tripe and slices of tender honeycomb tripe swimming in a rich and moderately spicy chile pepper broth. Be sure to spoon in some green and white onions. Top with a pinch of cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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Located along Cheshire Bridge Road in the Lindridge-Martin Manor neighborhood, this modest meat market and grocery includes a counter-service taqueria with seating along one of the aisles. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which can be made hotter by adding the market’s red salsa to the mix. The soup may need more onions and lime juice to curb the heat. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. daily.

Carniceria El Ejido

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This congenial, family-run butchery and taqueria in East Point keeps its menudo simple but spicy. The spongy-soft chunks of tripe really soak up the savory red chile pepper broth in this soup. If more heat is desired, add a dab or two of the red-hot salsa to the bowl. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. daily.

El Jefe Taqueria

Brito Supermarket’s taqueria moved to a new location recently and renamed itself El Jefe Taqueria. However, the food remains the same here with a variety of tacos on its menu, including al pastor and carne asada. Head in on Sundays for menudo. The soup contains a mix of large chunks of tripe and slivers of honeycomb tripe, with hominy swimming in a slightly pungent chile broth. Menudo is served with a basket of crusty bread, similar to a small French baguette.

Sinaloense Pollo Asados

While better known for its heaping platters of pollo asado (roast chicken), this family-owned restaurant featuring food from the Sinaloa region of Mexico also serves menudo on Saturdays and Sundays. The rich and fragrant stew-like broth is seasoned with oregano and bay leaves and contains generous amounts of hominy, spongy honeycomb, and chunky tripe. Look for Sinaloense Pollo Asados’s bright yellow signage next to Mozart Bakery on Buford Highway.

Supermercado Chicago

The counter-service taqueria located in the back right of Supermarket Chicago offers menudo on Saturdays only. The deep red broth carries hints of chile spice and oregano, made even more aromatic by the sizable, thick slices of soft honeycomb tripe. Add a sprinkle of extra red pepper chile flakes to really bring out the heat in this broth. The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. on the weekends.

El Taco Veloz

The menudo at El Taco Veloz may lean more fast food than homemade, but this substantial bowl of soup comes out quickly with plentiful amounts of soft, chunky tripe. The broth has a somewhat vinegary undertone, so that squeeze of lime may not be necessary. It’s available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Chamblee-Dunwoody and Norcross locations only.

La Pastorcita

Most associate this unassuming Mexican restaurant on Buford Highway with its freshly made tacos, but don’t skip La Pastorcita’s menudo, offered on Saturday and Sunday. This comforting bowl consists of spongy chunks of tripe and slices of tender honeycomb tripe swimming in a rich and moderately spicy chile pepper broth. Be sure to spoon in some green and white onions. Top with a pinch of cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

Located along Cheshire Bridge Road in the Lindridge-Martin Manor neighborhood, this modest meat market and grocery includes a counter-service taqueria with seating along one of the aisles. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which can be made hotter by adding the market’s red salsa to the mix. The soup may need more onions and lime juice to curb the heat. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. daily.

Carniceria El Ejido

This congenial, family-run butchery and taqueria in East Point keeps its menudo simple but spicy. The spongy-soft chunks of tripe really soak up the savory red chile pepper broth in this soup. If more heat is desired, add a dab or two of the red-hot salsa to the bowl. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. daily.

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