When it comes to restaurants, I tend to gravitate more toward the local end of the spectrum. There's something about an eclectic design paired with a great wine and beer selection that I can't resist. Add a patio and you have the perfect Jas trap.
When Clint suggested we go to Noche, I looked at him skeptically. Noche? Didn't that place belong a chain of restaurants owned by That 70's Show's and Demi Moore's boy toy, Ashton Kutcher? I had never been to a celebrity endorsed restaurant before. I have been denying their existence ever since I saw VH1's footage of people running from Britney Spears's NYLA as they screamed, "Don't eat the meatballs!"
*Note - An anonymous tipster left me a comment saying that Here to Serve Restaurants are is owned by/affiliated with Ashton Kutcher. Whoops!
Yet, two phrases pulled me up from skepticism:
"They have an enormous patio,"
"Monday is $2 taco night."
You wouldn't suspect that behind the small, quaint exterior of the Virginia Highlands location of Noche was a bustling interior full of delicious smells and a colorful array of locals, almost all of whom seemed to be in good spirits - and indiving them, too. Almost half the tables seemed to be splitting a glass jar of sangria, so I made a mental note to order some. The interior had a good size to it, but nothing prepared me for the second I stepped onto the deck.
Patio. Miles and miles of patio. The kind of patio that could have comfortably fit all of William and Kate's wedding reception.
This is only a small chunk. It basically stretches as far as the eye can see.
We grabbed a seat and immediately ordered the most adorably generous pitcher of sangria - the perfect beverage for a hot, Atlanta evening. It had the perfect blend of everything that I like and left me feeling laxidasical and satisfied. Mm.
Check out the glass vase that the sangria comes in. Cute!
Because Noche is a tapas restaurant, the menu boasted a massive selection of delicious sounding appetizers. While we mostly stuck to the $2 tacos, we each ordered one regular ap from the menu. I ordered a chicken empenada because I'm fancy like that and Clint ordered the taquitos because he likes the way the word sounds.
I love that the staff brings you the dishes as soon as they are ready. You ordered three things at once? No worries; you get them one by one. Boom, boom, boom; right as they come out of the kitchen. The staff stays on top of it. Love it.
The $2 tacos? Amazing. I hardly ever eat red meat anymore, but their steak tacos (pictured below) came topped with fresh ingrediants that fell into place on top of a spinach tortia. The preportions were dead-on: I ate it with no spillage.
All photos, including this photo of a delicious steak taco,
were made extra hip looking courtesy of Instagram!
I thought that chicken empanada and taquitos were fantastic as well - a little spicy, but my tastebuds are ultra sensitive. Clint, who adores spicy food, absolutely loved them.
Bottom line: we were able to order six delicious dishes and a pitcher of sangria for a ridiculously amazing price. In addition to their choice location, great specials, and exceptional staff, Noche boasts that look and feel of those local spots that I absolutely love.
That's a keeper!
1000 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Mon-Thu 5:30 pm - 11 pm
Fri 5 pm - 12 am
Sat 1 pm - 12 am
Sun 1 pm - 10 pm