1200 Villa Place
Nashville, TN 37212
Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Our first visit to Taco Mamacita was in 2013 while returning from a visit to Hilton Head Island. We had stopped in Charleston, SC to visit our nephew who lives in nearby Mt. Pleasant, SC. We wanted to eat someplace “local”, and our nephew chose Taco Mamacita. This interested us greatly, because we knew they had a location in Nashville, as well.
Since then, we’ve visited the Nashville location – which is located in Edgehill Village near Music Row and Belmont – many times. It has become a favorite for family gatherings and celebrations, as well as a good spot to grab a quick bite and a margarita. The atmosphere is hip and casual, but you won’t feel out of place if you don’t own any skinny jeans, which works well for me, because I don’t.
Taco Mamacita was formed by husband-and-wife-team Mike and Taylor Monen. Mike is a veteran of the restaurant business, having been a partner in a very successful rib and barbecue restaurant chain. Taylor has plenty of experience as well, having worked with Mike for many years.
Their menu was crafted – with help from Taylor and a renowned consultant – to be the very best made-from-scratch, super-fresh, Mexican-fusion food you can find anywhere. They combine this with excellent margaritas and mojitos, as well as an extensive selection of beers and wines. Throw in some extra-friendly customer service, and you have the makings of a great restaurant!
Taco Mamacita is known for their creative taco recipes. The only “standard” taco you’ll find on the menu is the Baja Fish Tacos. These tacos feature Panko-breaded Tilapia and come with cabbage, Mexican white sauce, pico, sliced radishes, and cilantro. I’ve had them before, and they are very good. If you want to try something different, you can choose the Oy Vey Taco, which is chipotle beef brisket topped with ranchero sauce, crispy lettuce, pico, monterey jack cheese, guacamole, and fresh escabeche. Or you might try the Sloppy Jose Taco. This is my personal favorite. It’s a Sloppy Joe in taco form. It is served with spicy ground beef, jalepenos, monterey jack cheese, sour cream and Fritos. Other taco variations include The Memphis, Steakhouse, Korean BBQ, and many others. You can read about all of them here.
Enchiladas are also on the menu at Taco Mamacita. You can have your enchiladas with brisket (Brisket Rancheros) or chicken (Enchiladas Suizas). They also offer a vegetarian enchilada, called the Vegilladas.
If you are really hungry, you might try the Peruvian Chicken. It is a rotisserie-style chicken served with two sides. Someone in our group usually orders the Peruvian Chicken and, although I’ve never had it, I’m told it’s “out of this world”.
The menu also features plenty of appetizers and salads. On previous visits, we’ve tried the Chips and Salsa, as well as the Salsa Sampler. They also offer traditional white cheese dip (Chips Con Queso) and Nachos. If you want a salad, you can choose from a California Cobb Salad, a Chopped Salad, or a Mexican Chopped Salad. Taco Mamacita also serves Chicken Tortilla Soup.
On this particular night, we were celebrating with friends the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend…a Friendsgiving, if you will. We were a party of 14, which included 6 children. This was no problem at all for the folks at Taco Mamacita. They took great care of our large group, and they even got the split checks right on the very first try! If you eat with large groups on a regular basis, you know just how rare this is.
Wanting to try something different (I ALWAYS get the tacos), I ordered the Gringo Enchiladas, which are flour tortillas filled with refried beans, brisket, queso, chorizo, ranchero sauce, escebeche, jack cheese, sour cream, and cilantro. The ranchero sauce had a slightly sweet taste to it, which made the dish somehow even better. The sweet and spicy flavors complemented one another very well. For my side dish, I chose the Charros Beans, which are actually pinto beans in broth-like sauce. Picture a Mexican version of the pinto beans your mom made when you were a kid. They weren’t spicy, but they were good.
Michelle ordered from the Gluten-Free menu, and she chose to go with the taco combination. You get any two tacos and one side dish for $8.99. She had the Taco Royale, which is 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. For her second taco, she chose the Carnitas Taco, which features pork topped with salsa verde, crispy lettuce, pico de gallo, monterey jack cheese, guacamole, and fresh escabeche. Michelle ordered the Black Bean and Corn Salad for her side. It is exactly what its name implies, with the salad part being chopped onions and a tangy sauce.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what escebeche is, and so were we. Turns out, it’s sautéed onions and spices. It’s very good, and it made a nice addition to each of our dishes without overpowering them.
Speaking of Gluten-Free, Taco Mamacita has an extensive GF menu. Michelle had plenty from which to choose, including several tacos and enchiladas. If you have a gluten allergy – or you’re just avoiding gluten for health reasons – you can eat at Taco Mamacita with confidence. We’ve never had a problem there. The menu also sports many Vegan options, as well.
Throw in our son’s kid’s meal and three maragaritas, and the total bill with tax and tip was $56.00. For the food and the great service we received, this was muy bueno! We will definitely be going back to Taco Mamacita…probably very soon.