THE DISH: Tin Lizzy's Cantina


Tin Lizzy’s serves, from left to right, a Southern comfort taco, a Korean barbecue taco, a spicy tilapia taco and Southwest chicken Cobb salad. (Staff Photo: Jenna Soucia)


Tin Lizzy’s, located at the Mall of Georgia, has a large dining room, open-concept bar and outdoor patio seating. (Staff Photo: Jenna Soucia)

Open since: Nov. 22

Owners: Andy McKoski, Chris Hadermann, Mike Everton and J.P. Myler

Location: Tin Lizzy’s is located at The Village at the Mall of Georgia next to P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sundays

Atmosphere: Tin Lizzy’s is the newest addition to The Village at the Mall of Georgia.

“We are excited to give the Gwinnett County residents an affordable dining destination, where they can experience the finest food in a lively atmosphere,” co-owner Andy McKoski said. “Our outgoing staff is looking forward to meeting our new neighbors and providing exceptional service.”

The 7,442-square-foot Buford location seats close to 200 guests and has 20 high-definition televisions. The interior is bright and vibrant with pops of color and wooden accents.

Guests can choose to sit in the main dining room, the open-concept bar or outside on the patio, weather permitting.

Each table is set with an 1800 Tequila bottle filled with colorful sand and a flower. The walls are covered in license plates and retro pictures. Many of the light covers are dented metal barrels and buckets.

For the holiday season, all of the windows have been painted with wreaths, trees and other Christmas scenes. Inside, the staff has hung stocking around the restaurant for extra flair.

Several times a week, live musicians set up shop and entertain for the crowds. Noon to 2 p.m. Fridays, the restaurant features live music as part of its “Live at Lunch!” program to get you ready for the weekend.

Menu: The menu is Tex-Mex with a twist. Tin Lizzy’s offers a variety of tacos, dips, salads, skillets and more.

The tacos are a la carte, so you can mix and match as many flavors as you’d like. There’s everything from Chop Chop Shrimp (grilled shrimp with an Asian cole slaw, roasted pumpkin seeds, onions and cilantro) to Southern comfort (grilled chicken, goat cheese, grilled onions, fried pickles and barbecue sauce).

The eatery also serves quesadillas, nachos, soups and desserts.

For those who need to watch what they eat, there are many gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Behind the bar, there is an extensive margarita list, cocktails and more than 30 beer selections. One of the most popular drinks is the basil watermelon margarita.

“We run out of basil all the time because people love it,” general manager Brian Harris said. “We can easily go through a bag of basil a day.”

The restaurant also provides catering options for corporate meetings, tailgates, family gatherings and any other party.

Thing you might not know: There are five other locations: Buckhead, Midtown, Grant Park, Perimeter and Emory Point.

3333 Buford Drive, Buford