This Cabbagetown staple has become quite the destination eatery since it opened in 2000 – and it’s easy to see why. Agave has been serving up some of the most authentic Southwestern eats this side of the Rio Grande, in one of the most lively and jovial atmospheres in town. (We’re guessing that has something to do with the bevy of tequila they’ve got behind the bar.)
Up until 2000, Atlanta may have thought we were getting authentic flavors of the Southwest inside the perimeter – but as soon as Agave opened its doors (amidst a tequila shortage, none-the-less) we wizened up. All it took was a sip of their freshly-made margaritas and a slurp of their hatch green chile stew to make us believers. After that, there was no going back to those run-of-the-corn-mill-joints. (Adios syrupy margaritas, hola Agave Partida Anejo!)
Start off your culinary tour of the southwest with the patron libation of the region – a traditional margarita. And not just any margarita, mind you, these delights have gotten a tip o’ the hat from numerous publications as the best in town. At its base? Freshly squeezed lime. (None of that mixed mumbo-jumbo in this neck of the desert.) So a drink or two in you’ll soon realize the difference in quality between a fresh one and whatever it was you were
drinking slamming back on that spring break misadventure during your college days.From there, you will have to pry your hands off their fresh, authentic guacamole & delicious entrees like the slow-cooked Chipotle Chicken Tostada.
The whole menu showcases the passion Founder and Chef Jack Sobel has for bona fide Southwestern eats. Though Chef Jack may have learned to cook from his Sicilian grandmother back in the day, it was Mexican and Navajo immigrants who really helped him hone his skill at the Cafe del Sol in Albuquerque. That fiery passion shines through with each bite of his signature Chopped Salad, chock full of greens, black beans, mango, tomato, avocado, corn, red bell peppers and Applewood smoked bacon, drizzled with a green chile vinaigrette and spicy ranch. And of course, we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t give a nod to Agave’s entrees, such as their decadent Ancho Grilled Baby Back Ribs with spicy southwestern mac & cheese and collard greens, or their tantalizing Herb & Chile Grilled Mahi Mahi, served with asparagus and New Mexico hatch green chile cream sauce and a drizzle of cilantro oil. The menu at Agave is constantly popping up new, flavorful thrills for us to try, and we simply can’t get enough.
And be sure to loosen your belt a notch for one of Chef Sobel’s confections. Their Spicy Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Spiced Pecan Brittle may be some of the best parting gifts we’ve ever had. Yup, there’s certainly a reason Agave has earned its accolades as a destination dining spot here in the A, and the proof is all in the