Mexican restaurant and tequila bar D Boca N Boca opens June 17 in Summerhill, Atlanta

After nearly three years of delays due to construction and permits, Mexican restaurant and tequila bar D Boca N Boca finally opens on Friday, June 17.

The opening date of the Georgia Avenue restaurant has changed several times over the past two months, much to the frustration of chef and owner Helio Bernal. But when asked if this time the opening date at Summerhill was firm, the answer was a firm ‘yes’.

D Boca N Boca transforms Bernal’s longtime pop-up, the Real Mexican Vittles, into his dream restaurant, where he shares his family’s heritage in Veracruz on the Gulf Coast and Yucatán through the food. Family recipes serve as inspiration for many dishes at D Boca N Boca.

Herbal guacamole with pomegranate seeds and blistered pumpkin seeds.
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Ensalada de Cardoba: a salad with red peppercorns, eight lacoche and escamoles at D Boca N Boca in Atlanta.

Ensalada de Cardoba: a salad with red peppercorns, eight lacoche and escamoles.
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Other dishes come from places like Mexico City, with its famous street tacos, or the pollo asado, ceviche and aguachile of Sinaloa and Monterey. There’s also huachinango (Veracruz-style roasted red snapper) on the menu and Huitlacoche (corn char), often referred to as the Mexican truffle.

A dish even winks at an Atlanta legend, Braves baseball player Hank Aaron, who hit his 715th career home run just down the street at Fulton County Stadium, now a parking lot, which includes a historical marker listing Aaron’s record achievement in 1974. Aaron is also commemorated on the menu at D Boca N Boca, with the Hammerin’ Hank Chop – a spice-rubbed steak described as a “legend cut of meat” served with salsa and vegetables.

Hank Chop Hammer

Hammer Hank Chop.
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D Boca N Boca’s bar offers local and Mexican beers, as well as tequila and mezcal to make margaritas, palomas and original cocktails. Mezcal and tequila flights are also available.

For now, Bernal plans to keep D Boca N Boca’s tight menu centered around drinks and snacks in the late afternoon and dinner in the evening. Lunch and weekend brunch are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

Take a look at the menu:

D Boca N Boca joins several restaurants and bars now open along Georgia Avenue in what has become a bustling food district in the Summerhill neighborhood, including Little Bear; How Crispy Express fried chicken shop; Halfway Crooks beer; Big Softie ice cream shop; Hot Dog Petes; and Wood’s Chapel BBQ.

Chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reggie Washington will open Southern National across from Little Bear later this year. Chef Richard Tang (Girl Diver, Char Korean) also plans to open a Press Start game bar along Georgia Avenue in 2022.

39 Georgia Avenue, Atlanta. Temporary hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Possibility to sit on the terrace with fireplaces.

668 Highland Avenue North East, GA 30312
(404) 781-0931

71 Georgia Avenue Southeast, GA 30312
(678) 705-3531

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