Nestled in the heart of honky-tonks and souvenir shops is a new restaurant, Nashville Street Tacos, offering Baja and Sonoran cuisine from Mexico. I was expecting a small building with heavy, greasy, Mexican food, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Nashville Street Tacos is a two-story restaurant and lounge with a sleek, Nashville vibe. Along the brick walls inside the restaurant you will find pictures and guitars that pay homage to our wonderful city- which is great in case you forget that you are NOT actually on vacation in Mexico when you are eating. That may sound far-fetched, but once you taste their food you will understand. Nashville Street Tacos uses Choice Angus flame grilled over mesquite charcoal brought in from Mexico daily!
Instead of attempting to perfect a host of Mexican food entrees like a lot of restaurants, I appreciate that Nashville Street Tacos specializes in a few things to keep the experience and flavor authentic to Mexico. For an appetizer, I started off with their chips, guacamole, and queso. The chips are thicker so as not to break when dipping (I hate when that happens!). I was pleasantly surprised to find out their chips are actually fried corn tortillas made daily which they cut in to chips. They even make their own chips!! When I commented on how cheesy and savory the queso was, I found out that they roast the poblano peppers for the queso and sauces in order to make it fresh every day!
If you can’t tell, Nashville Street Tacos puts together unique, fresh Mexican food unlike any other restaurant in town.
For the main course, I had a chicken taco with cotija cheese, cilantro, and a creamy avocado sauce, and a steak taco with a tangy baja sauce. For the side, I had a torito, a fried bacon wrapped jalapeno stuffed with queso. The presentation of the food was almost too beautiful to eat. Both tacos were tantalizing and satisfying without leaving you in a food coma- which is important when downtown, whether you are a tourist or businessman. The taco meat was rich in flavor and not messy. It was nice not having sauces dripping down my hands while eating. The creamy avocado and baja sauces were the perfect touch to the meat. If you like a little kick in your step, order a torito. It’s heaven in your mouth for those who love bacon and queso with a little spice.
After eating, I was given a tour of the upstairs lounge. With its exposed brick walls and guitars adorning the brick, it has an urban, inviting feel for those who want to relax after grabbing a bite to eat. The 2nd floor lounge offers a wide range of beverages to live music to suit your mood. I was quite impressed to learn they had USB charging outlets available. There’s nothing worse than wanting to record some live music and realizing your cell phone is about dead!
The next time I want to try their street corn, a mesquite grilled corn brushed with mayo and topped with cotija and chili powder, and churros, a Mexican donut made with cinnamon and sugar and served with a cream cheese sauce. There were just too many amazing foods- a good problem to have when dining out!
Be sure to visit Nashville Street Tacos. For the latest information and schedule of events, check out their website, Facebook and Twitter. If you like comical merchandise, their selection of shirts won’t disappoint.
Disclaimer:Opinions expressed are based on my experiences, tastes, and background. I have not received any compensation or financial incentive for this review.