Finding some solid options for authentic Mexican food in Tennessee can prove to be a bit of struggle. Our landlocked little state struggles to find guacamole authenticity only because we’re just
so far from the motherland of street tacos and salsa dancing. That’s why we did all the hard work for you. We’ve pulled together a couple of state hot spots for your next street corn fix, no matter where you live.
1. Senor Taco - Knoxville
Known for their quirky, mustached taco, Senor Taco is a teeny-tiny hole in the wall that serves up some solid Mexican. You can find their rave reviews by happy customers spread all across the internet, and it's the neatest thing. We love you, Knoxville!
2. Agave Maria - Memphis
Two for one margaritas? In a 'fancy' Mexican spot? We'll take it! If you're looking for someplace a little more upscale than the local taqueria, then this is precisely the place for you. It leans a bit more to the Tex-Mex side, but we're still craving it!
3. Los Amigos - Maryville
The family owned spot in Maryville is a fun, festive spot that keeps East Tennessee on the map. Their fish tacos are a solid staple, plus they offer some pretty solid veggie options.
4. Rosepepper - East Nashville
Known for their fun quotes fixed to their front wall, Rosepepper is a quirky, Christmas light-strewn restaurant that has all the eclectic vibes of an authentic Mexican hole-in-the-wall with enough space for you and your friends.
5. La Altena - Chattanooga
Considered by many to be the greatest Mexican in little ol' Chattanooga, we've also heard some good things about their margaritas. They may take up only a tiny bit of room, but they are usually packed. Prepare for a wait!
6. Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana - Memphis
It's an easy, casual vibe that offers great Mexican street food. Although some say it's a bit on the expensive side, you're going to die for their guacamole.
7. Mas Tacos - Nashville
Mas Tacos is the little food truck that could out here in Nashville. Cash only, fixed prices keep their menu in check and their tiny storefront is always packed around the block. Simple tacos, great street corn, horchata that's nothing short of addicting and their legendary tortilla soup have put this Nashville staple on the map.
We’re craving a really good plate of tacos right about now. So…we’ll be back. After our guacamole fix.