Crushing on Nashville Mexican Restaurants
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Crushing on our Favorite Nashville Mexican Restaurants
This week, my crushing on Nashville post is a few days early, nudging you to try any of these favorites over the weekend.
Let’s start with the premier Mexican Cultural Center, Plaza Mariachi.
Plaza Mariachi is a latino cultural center on Nolensville road. There are several eateries from casual to more fancy. This is a must visit center. There’s food, coffee, entertainment, and grocery. You can check out the directory to see the places to try. You will find palatas, tacos, street corn, gryos, lattes, aqua frescos and so much more!
Here’s what I’ve had at Las Tapas. They offer a menu of rotating tapas and tuna tartare was a special that day.
Here’s the steak and potatoes I’ve had at Tres Gauchos. You can see how good this hangar steak was.
There are a few Nashville Mexican restaurants that really have my heart and their very different from each other.
Bar Taco is trendy, but friendly and casual and a little upscale, with an awesome patio. You can eat healthy here, by getting lettuce wrapped tacos. See the article I wrote about them here.
Mas Taco, is super casual order at the counter, but legendary, located East Nasvhille. Read Why We Nashville Loves Mas Tacos Por Favor.
We love Mas Tacos, especially for their signature Tortilla Soup, which I did a copy cat of here.
St. Anejo in the gulch has the best brunch, sangria and chorizo queso. They have premium tequila and a mezcal menu with over 120 labels. Large-group friendly and you can rent out the tequila bar upstairs for a private party.
Look at their cornbread with chorizo queso. Amazing.
Rosepepper Cantina an all around East Nashville favorite and known for their margaritas.
Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village- Funky fusion tacos and skinny margaritas, but go for the sweet potato fries. I especially like the taco choices and the sweet potato fries. If you are low-carbing it, they have a chicken with green sauce.
Local Taco in Sylvan Park, East Nashville and Brentwood. I admit I like the southern fried buttermilk chicken taco.
Fried mac n cheese. How crazy is that?
They do have a gluten free menu.
Baja Burrito in the Berry Hill Neighborhood. We’ve eaten there a zillion times. Casual, grass fed beef.
San Antonio Taco Company – Doug’s all time favorite. Very casual, make southwestern tacos your way.
La Hacienda Taqueria in Nashville. Nice owners. I did a lot of residential faux finishing for them They also have a tortilla factory next store. Authentic, tried and true. I love the barbacoa.
Solario at the Opryland Hotel is off the hook.
Chago’s Cantina I just sampled the food at food events. Fresh Mexican and Latin American.
Williamson County Mexican Restaurants
Los Primos Grocery and Bakery in Franklin – This is the most authentic place in Franklin. It’s a Mexican bakery, grocery store and out the door line for tacos. They have all kinds of prepared meat, including goat. This is the place I buy Mexican Crema and all kinds of Mexican groceries.
Pueblo Real (in Franklin) – This is a hidden gem that everyone in Franklin knows about, because it’s always busy. I love the chips and the service and pretty much anything on the menu. It’s the type of Mexican restaurant that’s not modern nor cool and everything comes with rice and beans. I especially like their Tacos Pastor. There is an awesome paletas store on the side of the building.
Pueblo Real, my little secret cheap and wonderful place. Don’t go this weekend unless you go at 4:00. They are just as crowded on Monday nights. I can’t believe I’m sharing this. It’s hard enough to get a seat.
Sopapilla Fan favorite, clean, fresh take on Mexican and nice outdoor patio.I love their fish tacos.
El Segundo in my neighborhood in Franklin. Once a week night we get a chicken tortilla soup to go. It’s all chicken, with a little rice and they provide tortilla strips, avocado slices and pico de gallo on the side. My next favorite thing is their shrimp cocktail. I’ll get the large as an entree. Get it and see why!
Uncle Julio’s – has a great happy hour and ask them to make you their version of a skinny margarita, not the mix.
This is just a sampling of places. There are lots of great cheap taco places in the Nolensville road area.
Do you have a favorite I didn’t mention? I’d love to include them.
Get Authentic Mexican Pops at Las Paletas
Las Paletas Cool off with wildly inventive Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles dipped in Olive & Sinclair, or any number of fruited popsicles.
Here are few of my Favorite Mexican recipes that I make for Cinco De Maya.
Carnitas is one of my most popular posts here at Spinach Tiger. I’ve made this so many times and it’s a party favorite. We love it with Roasted Salsa Verde.
How do celebrate cinco de maya and do you have a favorite Mexican recipe that I need to have?
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I love fish tacos and chicken tacos. I cook this recipe every Sunday. It’s yummy.
we need to go to chago’s cantina. I really really like it.
Angela – Just wanted to tell you that the first time I have ever heard my brother-in-law mention a blog in conversation, ever, it was this past weekend, mentioning this round-up of restaurants. Got us talking about tacos and places to try soon! : )
we’re lucky because Rosepepper is in walking distance from our house – it’s one of our favorite restaurants for a great mexican meal + the fact that we can walk there is wonderful!
Good Mexican restaurants are not the norm here but as soon as I cross the border into the States it is a different story. While in Seattle I went to a place north of there in Anacortes that is a real treasure.
I love the shot of the Margaritas. I’d frame it and hang it in the kitchen.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Oh, glorious food! I wish i could visit Nashville and eat at one of those restaurants.
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