Eat Some Fancy Tacos at Swanky’s Taco Shop

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 9th 2010 2688 0

Swanky’s Taco Shop isn’t anything like Tacos Borolas or Fuego Maya. It’s, well, swankier. Much swankier.

The dark red, brown and chrome interior makes the restaurant feel more like an upscale tapas bar than a family taco joint. That’s not to say it’s not family friendly – there’s a kids’ menu, and when I was there on Tuesday night, there were several families with young children scarfing down taco salad bowls.


I ordered the grilled fish tacos. They were two big fish fillets covered in pico de gallo, resting on unfurled tortillas. They came with tasty cilantro lime rice and some steamed vegetables. Chips and salsa aren’t complimentary, but they’re fairly inexpensive. The chips are seasoned with a sort of dry rub that goes particularly well with the guacamole.

At lunch, the service at Swanky’s is diner style. You place your order at the counter, picking out the ingredients for your tacos or taco salad bowl. At dinner, the restaurant switches to full table service. There are patios at both Memphis locations. Above is a photo of the patio at Swanky’s in East Memphis.

Swanky’s has two Memphis locations, one at Poplar and Kirby in Germantown and one in East Memphis on Poplar near Colonial. They have two other locations as well, one in Franklin, Tenn., and one in Southaven, Miss.

Go There:

Swanky’s Taco Shop

4770 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 730-0763
6641 Poplar Ave
Germantown, TN
(901) 737-2088

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. Katie says:

    The one at Poplar and Kirby is always diner style! 🙂 love some swankys!

  2. Toni says:

    I love the Swanky’s at Poplar and Kirby! Love it! I’ve only been to the other one once.(look at how many “o” words I used!!) They also have trivia night once a week.
    I have usually order a salad and have it made exactly how I want it. And I have a HUGE collection of their cups.

  3. Blair says:

    Thanks for the write-up!! We always appreciate kind words. I really enjoy the positive attitude about Memphis that is expressed on your blog. I’ve been reading it for a while and I think it’s great! Keep up the good

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