Our story

Zócalo is a fixture of Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood, pridefully serving an authentic Mexican experience since 1995. As a local, family-owned, minority-owned business, the Martinez family honors their heritage through their food and their hospitality.

The roots

Prior to Zócalo, the Martinez family siblings recognized a gap in the market for authentic Mexican cuisine in Atlanta. Chef Lucero Martinez, along with her brothers Macro and Luis, discussed their dream of brining family recipes to the city. In 1995 they obtained the last garage bay of an old gas station and began building their restaurant from scratch. “Zócalo,” meaning “center of the city or town, a place where everyone gathers” and decorated the space with colorful art pieces and tiles from their parents native towns in Guanajuato.

the Family Recipes

Their menu boasts the Martinez family’s treasured recipes, such as Cochinita Pibil and Mole Rojo, which have been passed down through generations. Since 1995, Zócalo has earned recognition from prestigious publications such as Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, as well as national TV shows including Cooking Channel’s “Food Paradise” and Turner’s “Dinner and a Movie.” Chef Lucero Martinez even competed on Food Network’s “Chopped”. Zócalo is honored to share its culture and cuisine with patrons over the years, and is grateful for the continued support. ¡Salud!

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