It’s a small locally owned chain, El Jinete, and it’s one based on Atlanta Tex-Mex with a twist. Yes, you can get a Speedy Gonzales here, but they are trying to make sure they have some unique items. For example, they serve a queso to dip your chips into, but the queso comes with a little chorizo in it. They have a good looking chicken soup, with chunks of avocado in it. Not content with beef and chicken tacos, they have fish tacos and also their rather graceful tacos el jinete (beef, sausage and onion taco). Their milanesa steak looks very appetizing.
I came here for lunch recently. They were fast to the table with chips and salsa (one red salsa), the chips were crisp and largely dry. Service was good, at times very good. The tacos el jinete came with beans, rice, onions, chopped cilantro, and a brown sauce to pour over the meats. The tacos were good, but somehow I kept wanting more flavor from them, as if the sausage should have been giving me more taste. Serving size was more than ample. I took a lot of it home with me.
The restaurant is located on Highway 124, a bit south of 124 and Zoar Road, in a shopping center with an Ingles in it, next to a dollar store. The front of the restaurant is neat, with a spanish tiled facade.
Verdict: Recommended. Atlanta Tex Mex with a fair number of interesting twists. Good food, but I keep hoping for more from this place.
El Jinete Mexican Restaurant
3303 Centerville Hwy
Snellville, GA 30039