Memphis’ Top Tacos: 7 Restaurants + One Food Truck
There are tacos … and then there are fiesta-worthy tacos. Fortunately, Memphis is full of great eateries — some expected and some hidden gems — that serve outstanding tacos. Our list will lead you to seven restaurants and one food truck whose tacos will make you shout olé!
Some of the spots serve up authentic Mexican fare, staying true to the Latin cuisine of their heritage. And others put their own unique spin on this crowd favorite, allowing their Southern roots to influence the flavors and fillings of their signature tacos. Our tried-and-true piece of advice when eating tacos, whether they are authentic Mexican or fusion-style: Always order more than one!
Memphis’ Best Taco Joints
2115 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 274-0100
6450 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 644-7026
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Overton Square is hoppin’, and a big part of that fun is thanks to the tapas-inspired Babalu. We go for the tableside-prepared guacamole, cocktails, and of course, the tacos. Served on corn tortillas made in-house, the tacos at Babalu are smaller than normal tacos, making them perfect for enjoying more than one. “A huge part of the Babalu dining experience is sharing,” says Lindsey Miller, Babalu marketing manager. “Family-style dining is a staple of Latin culture, and we really wanted that to carry over into Babalu. So we have smaller tacos to hopefully encourage guests to order multiple orders, share and maybe try a dish or item they may have never tried otherwise.” Each order comes with three tacos that you can mix or match. Two of our favorites on the menu are the Carne de Vaca, smoked pork belly with jalapeño BBQ sauce and roasted peanut slaw, and the Ostra, fried Gulf oysters with hot sauce slaw and comeback sauce. “Each taco is Latin and tapas-inspired with a little Southern flare, so it tastes exotic but familiar at the same time,” Lindsey adds. That translates to yum! in our book!
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