The best of Baja is right in Buckhead, just head over to Chido & Padre’s and taste for yourself. Inside the restaurant’s colorful and fun atmosphere you’ll find a fresh and curious menu that gives coastal Mexican dining a whole new meaning.

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Seated just in time for the end of happy hour, I had to order a super fresh C&P margarita– for five bucks, why not? Their simple and fresh spin on a classic Mexican drink was beyond refreshing. Another great margarita to try is the Mango Rico. Crafted with cazadores resposado, ancho reyes, fresh lime, agave nectar, and mango puree, this drink will absolutely send you into Baja heaven. Another must-try drink, just for safe measure, is the Frida Bandida. With hibiscus infused Frida Kahlo tequila, it’s tasty and as beautiful as its namesake.

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When it came time to eat and see just what this eclectic place had to offer, the exotic menu made it hard to choose our vices for the night. Seriously, everything looks amazingly appetizing. The staff at C&P was beyond generous and helpful during our visit. They brought us a whole spread of the best and most fresh of what the curious menu boasts to its patrons.

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The Baja fresh catch ceviche garnished with orange + lime juice, plantains, guava, and herb salad is such a clean and perfect appetizer to launch your eating experience at C&P.

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For the main show we got to try the best of the best, as if recommended by Chido and Padre themselves. The grilled shrimp skewers were almost too beautiful to eat, as they lay atop a bed of sweet potato mash, grilled knob onion, and chili-lime pineapple. We had to savour them to say the least.

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If you’re in a taco mood, which most people are when they go out for Mexican food, the smoked beef brisket tacos are the way to go. The sauce was made of avocado cream and the brisket was so tender and flavorful. The tacos are authentic, each with a unique C&P twist to set them apart. We will be back for those, rest assured.

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We were #blessed to try a couple of signature chef-recommended dishes that C&P proudly showcases on their menu. The guajilla and pineapple marinated skirt steak and the Baja style fish of the day were beautiful and mouth-watering and we can’t say enough. You’ll have to check them out for yourself. The skirt steak was beautifully showcased atop roasted cauliflower, swiss chard and salsa verde. The steak honestly gives actual steakeries a run for their money, and if you’re a fan of cauliflower, C&P’s is roasted to perfection.

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The fish of the day was swordfish. Not only was the presentation just gorgeous, but the taste is simply amazing.  Authentic and fun, and we didn’t have to go all the way to Cabo just to get these flavors! Fresh is Chido and Padre’s middle name, I’m sure of it.

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By this point, we were stuffed with some of the best Baja tastes we’ve had in a while, but they didn’t leave us hanging. We got to try a couple desserts that haven’t even made their menu-debut yet! The flan and another Mexican-style cake adorned with a delectable cinnamon sauce were petite and unique and a perfect little end to our evening. Chido & Padre’s will give you a run for your money, their beautiful atmosphere will transcend you to Baja Sur Mexico and their eclectic menu won’t leave your taste buds hanging– try them in Buckhead today !

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Reynolds Rogers is a lifestyle and editorial photographer based in Atlanta, she is an avid tea sipper & craft beer connoisseur and practices yoga to stay sane— catch her bustling around Atlanta taking in all the city has to offer.
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