Check Out La Herradura On Summer

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 15th 2019 12719 0

Last week, I got a text from my friend Ace. “I found something. I drove by it on Summer. I think it’s a Mexican place we haven’t tried…and I can’t find anything about it online.”

We were excited, because Summer Avenue. We were curious, because we failed to find much info online, other than a place that seemed as though it had closed some time ago.

And so she and I went on Wednesday, in the torrential downpour, to find this mythical thing – a restaurant we’d never heard of and couldn’t anything about online. It’s called La Herradura, which is a name of a tequila, yes, but it also means “horseshoe”.

La Herradura Dining Room

From the outside, the place is an unassuming part-shop, part-restaurant. Inside, there’s a hallway that leads to a small dining room and several rooms of retail.

As for the main dining room, there were big, spacious booths and a few tables. You order from the server at the table. Later, we paid her directly, but I suspect you might take your check up front usually. La Herradura doesn’t have a liquor license, but they do have beer.

I decided to try a michelada for the first time; it’s a mix of beer (usually Corona or Modela) and clamato, which is a mix of tomato juice, clam broth, and spices. While I haven’t tested it, I feel like this would be the 100 percent perfect hangover cure.

La Herradura Michelada

They served three salsas: a standard mild, a salsa verde with a little kick, and a hot one made with roasted peppers. Ace is as much a heat appreciator as I am a heat wimp, and she offers her wholehearted approval – something along the lines of “hurts so good”.

Herradura Chips and Salsa

We ordered a ground beef chile relleno at the suggestion of our server; it was served with rice and beans and the chile was topped off with melty cheese dip. Excellent.

We ordered the “sopes y gorditas” too. Below is the sope, which is a fried circle of masa spread with refried beans and topped with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. You can also get it with other kinds of meat. This was probably my favorite thing.

La Herradura Sopes

Below is the gordita, which I thought was similar to the sope, components-wise (no sour cream) but the fried masa pieces were thinner and the toppings were sandwiched between two pieces of it.

La Herradura Gordita

We also got a barbacoa and a chorizo taco, served in the not-too-Americanized style i.e., cilantro and onions instead of cheese. The chorizo = especially good.

La Herradura Tacos

The owner is Patricia Aguilar, and we chatted with her daughter, who told us that the restaurant part of La Herradura opened three months ago, and that the shop part is currently being remodeled and expanded. She says they may have liquor in the future, but will stick with beer for now.

Here is a photo of part of the menu. Notice they also have tortas, fajitas (the server said the Fajita La Herradura was a favorite) and…”anytime breakfast”.


Here are some photos of the shop part. It’s a lot bigger than what’s shown, but two rooms were still being remodeled.

La Herradura Hallway La Herradura Owls La Herradura Shelves

La Herradura is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Go There:

La Herradura
4090 Summer Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee

It’s basically across the street from La Michaocana.

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  1. […] I decided to try a michelada for the first time; it’s a mix of beer (usually …read more […]

    • Felicia says:

      Being from Los Angeles where micheladas are the norm at all Mexican restaurants I have been on the hunt for a good michelada in Memphis as well as good Mexican food. I will definitely have to try La Herradura. I love your blog by the way.

  2. Mark Bourland says:

    Sounds like a great place. They open pretty early, especially on the weekend. Do you know if they serve Mexican breakfast? Thanks for the article.

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Mark! If you look on the bottom right of that photo of the menu, you can see that they have 3 kinds of eggs for breakfast. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Karen Simonetti says:

    The food here is not good and we have gotten sick twice from eating there and will not return. The servers never get your order right because they do not speak English.. Avoid this place please.. not worth the trip . we live a mile from it and gave them 3 chances and never again!!

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