Places To Get Tacos In Memphis

Places To Get Tacos In Memphis

Looking for the best tacos in Memphis? Look no further. Here are more than 20 restaurants and food trucks to satisfy your taco cravings.

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)
For authentic Mexican tacos made fresh to order, head downtown to the cozy little taco shop right off of Court Square. If you want variety, this is your spot—choose from street tacos, fajita tacos, and fried tacos with all kinds of fillings. Read more. You can order online for pickup or delivery.

- 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 hallucinations") are a solid choice, too.

Camino de Michoacan (Macon Rd.)
This taqueria, a brightly lit beacon of deliciousness, also has a bakery inside so that you can have your cake and your tacos, too. Read more.

- Street Tacos (Oakland)
This little taco shop enthusiastically tucked away in Oakland 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 tortilla, 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".

- Tacos Borolas (American Way)
The tacos come with your choice of meat: spicy pork, Mexican sausage, tripe, beef tongue, beef tripe or steak. Delicious, simple, cheap. Read more.

- 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.

- Evelyn and Olive (The Edge)
One of the most underrated spots in town, Jamaican/Southern eatery Evelyn & Olive has some black bean, tofu, and kiwi salsa tacos that must be tasted to be believed.

- Mexican BBQ Shed (Winchester)
Contributor Michael found some seriously tasty BBQ rib tacos at this trailer/shack in front of a Q-Mart on Winchester. Read more.

- Emilio's Supermercado (Getwell)
For more than 20 years, Emilio's Supermercado has served up some seriously tasty tacos along with other Latin staples and meats. Read more.

- Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana (Germantown)
Their notoriously strict "policies" for dining aside, this place is a pinnacle of authentic Mexican food done right. Read more.

- Tacos Los Jarochos (Summer Ave.)
A Summer Avenue essential: this truck turned permanent shop serves up some of the best tacos in town by all accounts. Check out this old school post about them.

- Las Delicias (U of M/East Memphis)
For authentic 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.

- 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. There's no more restaurant, only a food truck.

- El Mero Taco Truck (Cordova)
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...

Slider Inn has Taco Tuesdays (usually only in the summertime) and Fish Taco Fridays sometimes, too.

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Antojitos Taco Truck is simply the best Taco and Mexican in town; it's not even close. It's very sad that they are not on this list. On the bright side, thank you for including the Mexican BBQ truck. Please add Antojitos. Look for their info on Yelp.
October 5, 2017 11:06am
There is a taco truck that is always parked at Germantown Parkway and Club Parkway that has excellent tacos. They are 99 cents each.
April 10, 2018 8:12am
John McLemore
I just moved here from SF and the food here ranges from awful to forgettable. Glad to hear about food trucks. Gives me hope :)
October 4, 2018 4:27pm
Holly Whitfield
I can’t say that our Latin foodcan compete with California, but we have some truly wonderful food here in Memphis if you know where to go. Makes me wonder where you’ve tried so far. Hope you can find some good recs on the blog, let me know if you’re looking for something specific!
October 5, 2018 10:00am
If you haven't tried Chile Verde at White Station and Mt. Moriah, you are MISSING OUT!!! 12 Different salsas, the best flavors. SO GOOD!!!
October 5, 2018 4:47pm
Holly Whitfield
Yummm! It's at the top of my list.
October 10, 2018 1:45pm
Taqueria Express #3 on Perkins has wonderful $1 tacos.
January 3, 2019 8:10am