Consider the taco a handy way to eat a sandwich. That tortilla shell, soft or hard, holds proteins and vegetables that make it easy to walk around while chomping down on a few. Most come with inexpensive price tags to match, making it a perfect go-to meal any time of day. With that in mind, Eater Nashville put together this guide — highlighting the best of the city’s best taco options, whether it be of the breakfast, Mexico City, Oaxacan, or Tex-Mex variety.Read More
Where to Eat Great Tacos in Nashville
From breakfast tacos overflowing with chorizo and eggs to tortillas topped with al pastor, lengua, and barbacoa
1. El Jaliciense
Nashville, TN 37216
North on Gallatin Road is El Jaliciense — a favorite taco spot for those on the East side of town. Taco fillings here include asada, chorizo, lengua, and barbacoa, not to mention delicious, dripping birria tacos.
2. Redheaded Stranger
Tacos of the Southwestern variety can be found at Bryan Lee Weaver’s flour tortilla, queso, taco (and now — crunchwrap) destination, an instant hit. There are plenty of margaritas and Topo Chico to wash it all down. Check social media for hours.
3. Mas Tacos Por Favor
Nashville, TN 37206
One of Nashville’s very first food trucks, Mas Tacos took its success and parlayed it into a wildly popular East Nashville restaurant. The restaurant serves affordable taco creations and some of the best soups in the city, as well as interesting daily specials (think bacon-wrapped hot dogs and pickled cactus tacos with chorizo), all posted to social media.
4. Cheap Charlie’s Taco Shop
Formerly known as Five Points, Cheap Charlie’s still serves some of the city’s best tacos out of the bright red trailer parked beside a gas station. The classic and veggie tacos are standouts.
5. Oscar's Taco Shop at The Nations
With locations in The Nations, downtown, Smyrna, and Murfreesboro, the So Cal-inspired casual taco shop offers 9 taco varieties (including pastor, shrimp, and carnitas), and also serves rolled tacos.
6. La Juquilita
Nashville, TN 37209
The unassuming orange building in the Nations serves up some of the best tacos in town. Owners Jose and Maria Cepeda also welcome diners (he takes orders, she cooks) with solid pupusas and tlayudas (a traditional Oaxacan dish served on a toasted tortilla loaded up with toppings) that only add to the appeal. Ask for the chili and the verde sauces, both are nicely spicy — just remember to bring cash.
7. Taqueria del Sol
Popular Southern-meets-Mexican fast-casual restaurant Taqueria del Sol has spread like wildfire (including two in Nashville), thanks to chef Eddie Hernandez’s taco offerings including carnitas, veggie and the “Memphis” with smoked pork and tequila barbecue sauce.
8. San Antonio Taco Co.
Casual Tex-Mex is the name of the game at Midtown’s stalwart, known to most as Satco. Long-time locals and many visiting chefs love the $1.99 bean and cheese tacos or the $3.19 fish taco.
Tempo is owned by Texas-born percussionist Javier Solis and his family, who opened the shop in 2018. And if there’s one thing most Texans know well — it’s breakfast tacos. The Nolensville Pike shop offers four true Texas breakfast taco iterations for the taking: chorizo and egg, bacon and egg, sausage and egg, and potato and egg.
10. Ladybird Taco
This Texas-inspired breakfast taco destination (featuring Crema coffee) is co-owned by Nashville local music industry vet Gabe Scott alongside longtime friends Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton. The Tex-Mex taco, queso, and coffee oasis is inspired by Scott’s time spent in Texas taco joints.
11. La Hacienda Taqueria Mexican Restaurant
Long a Nashville favorite, tacos here are simple and flavorful, with fillings like tripe and beef tongue. President Obama made a stop here to grab a taco to-go order, and all of Nashville can too. It’s also one of few spots to make its own tortillas, setting it apart from most others.
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12. Carniceria Y Taqueria Don Juan
Nashville, TN 37211
At Don Juan, the menu is written on the side of the building, and their tacos, at $1.25 to $2.50 a pop, are hard to beat. Among the choices are carne asada, al pastor, chicharron, and lengua. Drive on thru for takeout.
13. West Coast Taco Shop
First off, West Coast is one of the only places in Nashville to find California cult-favorite birria (red) tacos, carne asada fries, and California style burritos. Second off, they’re really good.
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14. El Tapatio
Nashville, TN 37211
First, let's get this out of the way: there are two El Tapatios. El Tapatio #1 is located a bit farther south at 4801 Nolensville Pike, and is essentially a permanently parked food truck with a small dining room right next door. El Tapatio #2 is a more fully realized brick and mortar just north of the Nashville Zoo. Both offer the same simple, straightforward tacos. No frills, just good food, and always a solid takeout option.
15. El Amigo Tacos y Mariscos
Parked in a former gas station, El Amigo has been a favorite taco stop for those in the know for years. With nearly a dozen different choices, it's hard to go wrong here.
16. Taqueria San Luis
Nashville, TN 37211
Look for the large street-side smokers before hitting I-24, and there you’ll find this gem of a taqueria and carniceria. Head to the walk-up window and order a round of traditional offerings such as carne asada, chorizo and carnitas tacos, but there are also tacos with cabeza, tripa, lengua, and bucha, for those looking for something unique in Nashville.
17. Las Americas Market
Las Americas Market is half mercado, half restaurant. And while it’s known more for its pupusas, the tacos at Las Americas deserve just as much praise. You'll find all of the usual options including al pastor, carne asada, lengua, carnitas and more.