Though we find ourselves indulging in Mexican cuisine year round, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and we are definitely planning to partake in the consumption of tacos and margaritas. Today, we are here to give you 13 options of tacos that will ensure you can celebrate the day’s festivities appropriately. Here’s where to go and what to order:

12South

Taqueria del Sol

2317 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 499-4293
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4500 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 490-3129
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What to order: fish taco

One of 12South’s (and more recently Charlotte Ave’s) most popular joints, Taqueria del Sol draws patrons from near and far. This eatery got its start in Georgia but under local ownership has made a name for itself in Nashville. The fast-casual style of dining has gained popularity over the years and although you might spend a bit of time waiting in line, your tacos, guacamole and “cheese dip” will only take minutes to reach your table. The selection of tacos (six in total) is small, but mighty. Be sure to try the Memphis, veggie or fish, which features tilapia dipped in an egg wash, rolled in corn masa and bread crumbs, deep fried and served with poblano tartar sauce and pickled jalapeños.

Taqueria has great tacos, dips and drinks

Taqueria del Sol, and their fish tacos, remain one of our favorite things in Nashville! Image: Taqueria del Sol

Bartaco

2526 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 269-8226
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to late

What to order: duck taco

Bartaco is one of 12South’s newest eateries, and since they opened last fall, crowds have been steady. With a menu dedicated to tacos, rice bowls and “not tacos,” Bartaco evokes the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California. Their tacos are small, so don’t be ashamed to order two or three. If you are looking in the “not taco” section, we recommend the chicken soup and pork tamale. If you are sticking to tacos, a few favorites are the pork pastor, fried oyster and duck, a simple taco with tamarind glaze.

Three perfect tacos, right in a row

If you are heading to Bartaco, consider trying out the duck taco (pictured left). Image: Bartaco

Belmont

Chago’s Cantina

2015 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 386-0106
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

What to order: chorizo taco

Chago’s Cantina, located on Belmont Boulevard, recently traded in its brightly colored logo and updated the interior in celebration of five years in business. The new look doesn’t mean they have lost their touch in creating delicious Mexican- and Latin American-inspired dishes. With more than a dozen tacos on the menu, they have mastered the art of this Mexican dish. After ordering a margarita, opt for the chorizo taco, with housemade chorizo, cilantro, onion and lime.

Chago's tasty tacos

Housemade chorizo helps this taco stand out from the rest. Image: Chago’s Cantina

Downtown

Bakersfield

201 Third Ave. S., Nashville TN 37201 • (615) 522-0970
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What to order: cochinita pibil

Find Mexican-influenced street fare at Bakersfield’s downtown location, where the main menu items are tacos, tequilas and whiskeys. As far as tequilas go, we like ours in the Bakersfield Margarita. For tacos, we like ours stuffed with achiote-braised pork, pickled red onion, habañero hot salsa (which is hot indeed) and cilantro.

Just the sight of Bakersfield taco is mouthwatering!

Bakersfield chochinita pibil taco is best when paired with an ice-cold margarita. Image: Bakersfield

Bajo Sexto

216 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, Tn 37203 • (615) 577-7717
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What to order: carnitas tacos

Located within the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Bajo Sexto is a casual taco joint that features a menu of Antojitos (Mexican street food), tacos, nachos, quesadillas and salads. One taco to try is the carnitas, a simple, yet delicious, option that is topped with pico de gallo and salsa verde.

Some of the best tacos in Nashville are found right downtown!

Find Mexican street food right in the heart of downtown Nashville at Bajo Sexto.

East Nashville

Rosepepper Cantina

1907 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN, 37206 • (615) 227-4777
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

What to order: Cabo tacos

An East Nashville staple, Rosepepper Cantina is known for its award-winning dishes and margaritas. What is defined as Sornoran-style Mexican cuisine includes dishes with intense flavor that pair perfectly with cold tequila. The Cabo tacos can be ordered with two pieces of white fish, grilled or tempura batter-fried, and topped with Baja sauce, shredded cabbage and pico de gallo.

Rosepepper serves up some of the best tacos in Nashville

Sornoran-style Mexican cuisine is perfected at Rosepepper Cantina. Image: Rosepepper Cantina

Mas Tacos Por Favor

732 Mcferrin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 543-6271
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to order: fried tilapia

Mas Tacos got its start by serving mouthwatering tacos out of their food truck and by popular demand, they opened a brick-and-mortar spot in East Nashville. Taco options include carnivore fillings, as well as vegetarian offerings (such as the quinoa sweet potato taco with roasted tomatillo salsa, red cabbage, sour cream, cilantro and lime). If you are looking for something fishy, try the fried tilapia taco with shaved cabbage, onions and spicy dill yogurt.

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East Nashville’s Mas Tacos is a local favorite, and after tasting their tacos, you’ll understand why! Image: Mas Tacos

Local Taco

1100 Fatherland St., Ste. 104 Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 454-6892 (East Nashville)
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
146 Pewitt Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027 • (615) 915-4666 (Brentwood)
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What to order: spicy shrimp taco

When you’re in the mood for one of the best margaritas in town, head to Local Taco. Privy to their shrimp tacos and chicken salad, we rarely order anything but. The star of the shrimp taco is the buttermilk-soaked and crispy fried shrimp, which is topped with jalapeño coleslaw and spicy remoulade.

This fish-y taco is to die for (and is one of the best tacos in Nashville!)

Perfectly fried shrimp is the star of Local Taco‘s shrimp taco.

Edgehill Village

Taco Mamacita

1200 Villa Place, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 730-8552
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What to order: Taco Royale

Originating in Chattanooga, Taco Mamacita made its way to Nashville and has called Edgehill Village home since 2009. It’s a fusion taco joint, so you will find traditional Mexican flavors paired with Southern ingredients. A crowd favorite is the Taco Royale, a double-stacked taco filled with roasted chicken, salsa verde, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, crumbled chorizo, creamy black bean mash and chipotle cream sauce.

The taco royal is one of the best tacos in this town

Grab a seat on Taco Mamacita’s patio and dig into a Taco Royale. Image: Taco Mamacita

Midtown

San Antonio Taco Company

416 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 327-4322
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

What to order: regular taco

Born of two Vandy grads, San Antonio Taco Company has been a well-loved taco joint since 1984. With a location just steps from Vanderbilt in Midtown, SATCO serves up Tex-Mex tacos, enchiladas, queso and more to locals and tourists alike. Try the regular taco, with spicy ground beef in a fresh flour tortilla, topped with cheese and lettuce.

SATCO is a Nashville mainstay.

SATCO is a Nashville mainstay.

Woodbine/Nolensville Road

La Hacienda

2615 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211 • (615) 256-6142
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What to order: chicken taco

Even before President Obama made La Hacienda a stop on a Nashville visit, this Mexican restaurant was a favorite in the area. It started as a taco stand in 1993 and has since grown to a full-service restaurant with an expanded menu. Experience authentic Mexican flavor by ordering the chicken taco, which is served atop traditional tortillas that are made in-house each day.

La Hacienda tacos are some of the most authentic and best tacos in Nashville

Find authentic-Mexican flavor in La Hacienda’s tacos. Image: La Hacienda

Carniceria y Taqueria Don Juan

2910 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 • (615) 833-1690
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What to order: carnitas taco

Don Juan’s menu features curious options like buche (pork stomach), tripa (beef intestine), lengua (beef tongue) and chicharron (fried pork skin), and it’s likely that authentic fare keeps this restaurant as a Nolensville Road favorite. If you are looking for something a bit more traditional, they also have pollo, chorizo, asada, carnitas, barbacoa and pastor. Don Juan is worthy of a visit, especially since the tacos are only $1.25 each. If you are in a rush, visit their drive-thru, and if you are the driver, skip the margarita and order a horchata.

Dig into this taco from Don Juan and enjoy one of the best tacos in Nashville

The folks at Carniceria y Taqueria Don Juan keep things simple by topping their tacos with cilantro and onions. Image: Carniceria y Taqueria Don Juan

Sylvan Park

Edley’s BBQ

2706 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 953-2951 (12 South)
4500 Murphy Rd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 942-7499 (Sylvan Park)
908 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 873-4085 (East Nashville)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., (bar is open until the drinks stop flowing)

What to order: shrimp taco

Known for their barbecue, not their Mexican fare, it might surprise you that Edley’s taco selection is one that can’t be beat. With options including pork, brisket, catfish and shrimp, the tacos are nothing short of crowd-pleasing. The shrimp tacos might just be our favorite. With shrimp smothered in wing sauce and topped with cheese, pico de gallo, bean salad, cilantro and sour cream, it is the perfect marriage of Mexican and Southern barbecue.

BBQ tacos are what dreams are made of

Pair your margarita with an order of shrimp tacos at Edley’s. Image: Southern FATTY

Enjoy this fine local Mexican fare this National Taco Day or anytime. And always celebrate responsibly!

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