Kristin Benoit, Bone Garden Cantina

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Bone Garden Cantina is easy to miss- it’s located at the back of an old lumber yard- but once you’re there, you won’t forget it.  Great food, a wide variety of tequila, and a super-chill environment.   The good folks over at Bone Garden are celebrating their two-year anniversary  Saturday, and the opening of their new Tequila Club.  Co-owner Kristen Benoit on Atlanta, tacos and tequila…

Q. Most underrated thing about Atlanta?

A.  I’m constantly amazed by how many new and unique restaurants continue to open, even in difficult economic times. Atlanta’s dining scene is pretty impressive, and I’m not sure a lot of people outside the city realize that.

Q. Most overrated thing about Atlanta?

A. Well, I’m going to plead the fifth on this question, because calling anything “”overrated”” is certainly going to get someone upset. Come into Bone Garden and we can talk over margaritas!

Q. Favorite Atlanta neighborhood?

A. I enjoy living in Midtown because it’s interesting and diverse with the beautiful old homes, the high-rise buildings, the shopping, Piedmont Park, and the bars and restaurants.  It is also fun and easy to walk around Midtown, which I do quite a bit now that I have a dog.

 

Q. Under the radar gems?

A. One of my favorites is the Cyclorama in Grant Park.  I take everyone who visits Atlanta to see it.  Also, I may be biased, but Bone Garden is also under the radar.  It’s a little joint that I’m basically running for the pure love of real, authentic Mexican cooking. The idea was that other people looking for this type of food would seek us out. What we do is not for everyone. Some folks just want the “”Speedy Gonzales Combo #2″”.

Q. Coolest thing about being located in an Old Lumber Yard?

A. The old train tracks in the back are pretty cool. We picked this location because it was off the beaten path. Even after you find the Lumberyard, you still have to look for Bone Garden. It’s hidden in the back. But being such a large piece of property over-all, there’s plenty of free parking. In the City of Atlanta, THAT’s pretty cool.

Q. What is Bone Garden’s Tequila Club, and why is it awesome?

The tequila club is an opportunity for folks to learn more about the differences between tequilas and discover what they like the best.  We have 50 premium tequilas, and each one is different.  It’s definitely okay to lick, slam and suck when it comes to tequila, but it’s also nice to sip and appreciate the art of tequila crafting.  We’ll keep track of the different tequilas you try, and reward you along the way.  When you’ve tried them all, you get the chance to create a custom margarita that will be featured on our menu as well as a Members-Only t-shirt that my husband is currently designing.  Also, we are organizing tequila tastings – the first one is on Saturday, August 7th at 4pm.  We are featuring six tequilas with interesting information about each one, as well as some light snacks.  You can call us for more information if you want to attend!

 

The Details

Bone Garden Cantina

1425 Ellsworth Ind Blvd NW # 6

Atlanta, GA 30318-4154

(404) 418-9072

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