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Pure Taqueria, owned by the same people as Aspen’s and Bistro VG now has 3 locations in Atlanta. The first, opened in Roswell, and seems to be crawling with people every night. Many ITPers eagerly awaited the opening of Pure Taqueria in Inman Park, and they even had a sampling of their foods during the Inman Park Festival although technically they weren’t open. But I digress. The third Pure Taqueria in Woodstock, opened several months ago without a splash.
I actually wouldn’t have even known about this location, had I not visited Canyons Burger Company which happens to be Pure’s neighbor. It was earlier this fall that I sat outside and enjoyed the warm air. I absolutely relish those days of warm weather with low humidity – rare in Atlanta. On a recent Sunday where the high was 75 (in November!), I knew I had to sit outside and Pure Taqueria was just the place I wanted to visit.
If you live remotely close to Woodstock, it is worth a visit to Pure, if not for the food, at least the atmosphere. The Sunday afternoon I visited, the upstairs bar / lounge was completely full and I snagged the last available table. It all seems to be first come, first serve with no wait list. No one was inside, but I can’t blame on the such a beautiful day.
I started off with the Pure Margarita. At $5.75, it was decent and definitely got the job done. However, one more would have put me over the edge, and I’m not a lightweight. I fully intended to order the smoked salmon chips as an appetizer, but somehow it slipped my mind and we ended up ordering just entrees, which turned out to be fine as they were very filling.
We had a mix of chicken taquitos, a chicken burrito and the beef brisket tacos. I sampled the chicken and not only was it a generous portion, but pretty tasty. Definitely recommend either one as an entree.
My beef brisket tacos are another story. I really dislike the taste of the corn tacos, maybe they are healthier for me but I just don’t care. The strong taste seems to overpower any other flavor and renders the dish unsatisfying. Pure should give you a choice of flour or corn tortillas. If you visit, and prefer flour tortillas remember to ask for them when placing your order.
Besides the corn tacos being offensive, they can’t even support the filling inside the taco. And this wasn’t the end of the meal, this wasn’t even the middle of the meal, this was about 2 minutes after the plate was set in front of me. I picked up my taco and it completely fell apart. Of course, the other argument is if they put less meat inside it wouldn’t fall apart but then I’d complain they were skimping on the meat. Which, btw, the meat was very fatty and clumpy – not the best for taco filling.
Here’s my $.02: put less meat in the taco and charge less for the 3. I really didn’t feel the 3 tacos were worth $12. Better yet, offer 2 tacos (with rice and beans of course) for $6.99. That’s a much fairer price point.
Another point is that you must order tacos in quantities of 3 and they don’t offer a mix and match. I would have loved to have tried 1 fish, 1 beef and 1 chicken but that’s not an option at Pure.
Pure Taqueria is a pretty place and some folks who live in Woodstock are happy it’s there, but the feedback seems to be that it is good, considering there isn’t much else around, but expensive for what you get. Chicken seems to be a safe choice here.
405 Chambers St
Woodstock, GA 30188
770 952 7873