Getting The Goat at La Guadalupana

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 15th 2010 3592 0

When we made plans to go to Taqueria la Guadalupana for lunch today, my friend Zach insisted on one thing: that I try a goat taco.

La Guadalupana is widely considered to be one of the best, most authentic Mexican restaurants in Memphis.  It’s the sort of place where the meats listed on the menu include tongue and tripe. They’ve won tons of “Best of Memphis” awards, and their food is the stuff of word-of-mouth legend. Even the most picky eaters among my friends know about La Guadalupana’s goat tacos.

So that’s what I ordered – one goat taco, one chicken taco, and one spicy pork quesadilla.

Lunch from Taqueria La Guadalupana, Memphis, Tenn.

Lunch from Taqueria La Guadalupana, Memphis, Tenn.

The tacos are very authentic – two warm corn tortillas covered in meat, cilantro, onions and lime juice. The goat was different. Really, incredibly good, but different. Goat is tender, but a little gamy (the texture is sort of like what would happen if lamb and pork were fused together). The shredded meat was a little spicy.

My spicy pork quesadilla was way bigger than I thought it would be. It was stuffed with shredded savory pork, melted cheese and onions. I wish I could describe the taste a little bit better, but my notes just say “spicy pork, OMG. OMG.”

Taqueria La Guadalupana is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the tacos are less than $2, and most entrees are less than $11.

Go There:

Taqueria La Guadalupana

4818 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 685-6857

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Heather says:

    Goat… taco. I’m definitely going to have to check this out.

  2. You have good friends; the goat taco is my major reason for going there. I usually pair it with an asada taco and either a pastor or a chorizo taco. Lunch for under $8, with drink, it’s awesome.

  3. Toni says:

    I ate lunch at the one on Winchester today! I’m not a fan of goat- I hate how that fat coats your lips.
    Anyway I voted for your blog as best Memphis Blog today- because it really is

  4. Robyn says:

    I love this restaurant. I didn’t see the goat taco on the menu. Musta been blocking out things I didn’t want! But the chicken tamales are great… and the fajitas… and the nachos… etc. etc. LOL.

  5. entcolin says:

    Not sure if the shrimp ceviche is even on the menu, but get it. It’s summer in a food. It comes on a tostada with avocado and makes me cry when I eat it.

  6. Alfred says:

    Best Mexican place in town, hands down. It’s amazing how many people still don’t know about any of their locations. Oh well, let them have their El Porton or Mi Pueblo…

  7. Casper Gomez says:

    I moved to Memphis from Tijuana about a month ago and I have to say that this place has the best Mexican food I’ve tried since I’ve been here.

    The one item I think everyone should try is the Coca-Cola made in Mexico. You can get it here just ask for a glass bottle Coke. As some of you may know the Coke made is Mexico does not include corn syrup they use sugar. I think the Coke made in Mexico taste better but maybe I am just used to it. Give it a try and see for yourself!

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