Places To Get Tacos In Memphis
Here are more than 20 restaurants and food trucks to satisfy your taco craving in Memphis.
This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, just a few favorites that have been featured on the blog. If you have suggestions for additions, leave ’em in the comments. The magical thing about The Internet is that we can always add to the list! The places are in no particular order.
– Maciel’s Tortas Y Tacos (downtown, Highland Strip)
For authentic Mexican tacos made fresh to order, head downtown to the cozy little taco shop right off of Court Square. Read more. In early 2018, Maciel’s opened a second location with a slightly different menu, bigger dining room, big patio, and bar. Read more about Maciel’s Highland here.
– Tacos Borolas (American Way)
The tacos are about two bucks each, and they come with your choice of meat: spicy pork, Mexican sausage, tripe, beef tongue, beef tripe or steak. Delicious, simple, cheap. Read more.
– Taqueria Guadalupana (Summer Ave.)
Widely regarded as some of the best in town, Guadalupana serves up tons of affordable taco options – including goat – in their spacious Summer Avenue restaurant. Fun fact: they now serve beer (get a michelada at least once in your life) and allow you to bring in wine.
– Elena’s Taco Shop (Summer Ave.)
Are you a salsa freak? Are you a spicy food lover? Then don’t ask questions, just go to Elena’s. Yes, they’re famous for their carne asada fries, but the tacos topped with your choice of more than a dozen salsas (everything from mild to “may cause halluciantions) are a solid choice, too.
– Taqueria Mery (mobile)
This delicious, authentic taco truck kept the crews fed during the Crosstown Concourse construction, and it’s now reportedly parked most days at Claybrook and Autumn; it’s cash only.
– Street Tacos (Oakland)
It’s a taco shop inside of a gas station. It clearly used to be a KFC or something. But, y’all, this little taco shop enthusiastically tucked here off of Highway 64 is a corner of heaven: authentic tacos, rice, elote, and tamales. Sometimes, it’s listed as “Street’s Tacos”.
– Elwood’s Shack (Summer Ave.)
Elwood’s fish tacos are on a lot of y’all’s must-eat lists for Memphis. They’re pretty different than most on this list – a big flour tortillia, steelhead trout, mixed greens, provolone, etc. They have other taco’s too.
– La Playita Mexicana (Memphis/Bartlett)
Sometimes you need a cozy, traditional Tex Mex spot in which to eat tacos and drink margaritas as big as your head. When you’re in that boat, just float into Bartlett’s “little beach”.
– La Herradura (Summer Ave.)
Eat authentic tacos to your heart’s content at this Summer Avenue spot, just across the street from La Michoacana.
– Swanky’s Taco Shop (multiple locations)
For fast casual, no frills Tex-Mex tacos and margaritas, go to local chain Swanky’s.
– Tennessee Taco Shop (East Memphis)
This new taco shop offers up Tex/Mex/Memphis style tacos, loaded tater tots, and donut holes.
– Evelyn and Olive (The Edge)
One of the most underrated posts in town, Jamaican/Southern eatery Evelyn & Olive has some black bean, tofu, and kiwi salsa tacos that must be tasted to be believed.
– Las Delicias (U of M/East Memphis)
For authenetic Mexican food that’s fast and cheap, go to one of two local Las Delicias locations. Their guac is pretty much the best.
– Babalu Tacos and Tapas (Midtown/East Memphis)
If you want to watch someone watch your guac along with a selection of gourmet-style tacos and small plates while you sip a Babarita in swanky spots in Overton Square or East Memphis, Babalu is for you.
– Soul Fish (Midtown/East Memphis/Germantown)
Choose from catfish, shrimp, chicken, or crawfish tacos (grilled, fried, or blackened). There are muple locations, so you’re never too far from fish tacos.
– Molly’s La Casita (midtown)
They have all the Tex Mex taco options you could ever want to go along with your half-and-half margaritas.
– Lyfe Chisca Bar (downtown)
Lyfe Chisca Bar downtown aka Lyfe Kitchen has a little taco section on their menu; choose from sweet chile chicken, tofu, and several seafood options. Contributor Daniel recommends the BBQ shrimp tacos.
– Fuel Cafe Food Truck (mobile)
If you haven’t tried the veggie or bison tacos from Fuel’s truck, I recommend you stop what you’re doing and go right now. They no longer serve the tacos in their cafe, only on the truck on select days.
– El Mero Taco Truck (mobile)
El Mero’s tacos – I’ve noticed they always come out super fresh and hot – are a kind of mix of authentic and souped up Americanized tacos – go for the fried chicken or fried shrimp.
– Flying Fish (downtown)
Choose from fried or grilled fish at this downtown staple. Pro tip: They have some solid margaritas and probably the best hush puppies in town, too.
A few more ideas…
Felicia Suzanne’s hosts a Thursday night “Tacos and Tunes” special on the patio with $2 tacos.
Le Delights Bahn Mi and Pho on Macon Rd. serves bao “tacos”.
Trolley Stop Market has Taco Tuesday specials with $10 for two tacos and two sides.
Slider Inn has Taco Tuesdays (usually only in the summertime) and Fish Taco Fridays sometimes, too.