New Mexican Restaurants

December 10, 2009

Drove by Edgehill Village (intersection of Edgehill and Villa) yesterday, and saw that Nashville’s latest Mexican chain restaurant is opening today.  [Update note:  it actually opened on December 11th, not the 10th.]  Taco Mamacita hails from Chattanooga and is a “young” franchise.  It’ll replace independent Rosario’s, which never really got off the ground.  It’s as if restaurateurs have realized Nashville’s lack of good Mexican food.  There’s also the new-ish Cantina Laredo in the Gulch:  a good concept, but too much like J. Alexander’s gone Tex Mex and the prices are a bit steep.  La Paz, a 30-year-old chain, has moved into the old Ombi location.  (Isn’t la Fiesta Azteca already right next door?)

Mexican food is tricky like hamburgers and cocktails:  everyone knows the ingredients, the how-to, but it takes a certain touch to get it just right. Have you ever had a martini in France or a burger in Hanoi? Well, the same goes for Mexican and tex-mex  in Nashville–with few exceptions.   Lopez Taqueria and Mariscos on Nolensville is our favorite.  (Just south of the zoo, but north of Harding.)  A gas station outfitted into a restaurant, with a constant buzz around the clock.  They offer everything from sopas to ceviche, but try the grilled/smoked chicken al carbon–best tasting, best chicken deal in town–and the tacos al pastor.  Lopez does not have a liquor license and so no cerveza.  3901 Nolensville Road.  (615) 833-6434.

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