On the left, you see our very favorite Mexican restaurant. It is called Mi Barrio (that's to say, My Hood), and it rocks. It's hard to tell from this picture, but the windows are barred & the sides have a lot of graffiti. It's not exactly the most obvious dining choice. However, if you are brave enough to go inside (and it's perfectly safe, by the way) your tummy will be happy. The folks that work there seem to be from about 4 generations of the same family - great grandma is in the kitchen with grandma & mom rolling the tamales & cooking! We've been the only non-Latino people in there before, which is also usually a pretty good sign of quality.
Since the beginning of December or so, it's been closed. :( I kept hoping they were closed for Christmas, but it was starting to look bleak. Tonight, I resorted to the Internet, where I learned that indeed, the entire family packs up & returns to Mexico for the holidays! The restaurant is, naturally, closed till they return. Since today is Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas for those of you who didn't grow up fake-Catholic), which is a huge deal in Hispanic cultures, I can only assume they'll be headed back to Atlanta shortly.
And I will be headed to Mi Barrio, home of the only cheese quesadilla I've ever had that compares to Mrs. Escavedo's. It's the real deal, friends.