Tacos and Craft Cocktails at El Mero Mezcaleria

Move over, margaritas!

This summer, I had the pleasure of celebrating the reveal of El Mero Taco's new cocktail bar. In partnership with cocktail consultants Pour Taste, El Mero’s brand-new bar hosts the area's largest library of agave spirits and the Mid-South's first Mezcaleria.

stylish bar with wood shelves, blue wallpaper under bar, bronze lamps
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el mero taco owners
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el mero chicken tacos with popcorn snack
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From Taco Truck To Mezcaleria

For years, Memphians have loved the Southern-Mexican fusion tacos, street corn, and queso from El Mero Taco food truck. The owners Jacob and Clarissa Dries have explained that "Our menu, like our family, is a mix of two cultures, Mexican and Southern American."

The family-owned business began as a food truck, and in 2019 they opened the brick-and-mortar restaurant in Cordova near Macon and Germantown Parkway. COVID put a bit of damper in their plans, but during the closure they renovated the bar area and worked with Pour Taste to develop and curate an amazing new cocktail menu.

There are a ton of new cocktails to choose from, but my current favorite is the Destilado, made with rye, amaro, grapefruit, black pepper, cherry and Benedictine. The pour is strong, but drinks are still flavorful, which can sometimes be hard to achieve. 

light brown cocktail with foam on top in coupe glass with pineapples
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two drinks in front of pineapples
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staff standing behind bar with a bunch of cocktails
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Kim's Taco Picks: Smoked Haberno Shrimp and Fried Chicken

I had THE best time chatting with their new Bar Manager Rachel while learning a little more about the history of cocktails (her knowledge is extensive and there’s so much more to just mixing a drink).

She also hipped me to the deliciousness that are their Southern Fried Chicken Tacos. I usually order their Smoked Habanero Shrimp Tacos because I love the spiciness, but the Fried Chicken Tacos are a game changer.

If you're vegan, they are able to rework their Veggie Taco to accommodate you, and their salsa and guacamole are vegan approved as well.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Churros (served with Mexican chocolate and salted caramel) are sure to please, but to be honest, you really can't go wrong with anything on their menu.

chicken tacos
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churros with dipping sauce

Their drink menu does change seasonally, so these drinks are just to give you an idea of what to expect when you visit El Mero in Cordova. Add this taco and drinks spot to your next night out with friends!

Go There:

El Mero Taco
8100 Macon Station RD Suite 102
Cordova, TN 38018

(901) 308-1661

About the Author

Kim Thomas is a lifestyle blogger and photographer based in Memphis, TN. Launched in September 2010, her blog KP Fusion provides fashion, style and beauty tips with a little Memphis flavor thrown in. The goal with her blog is to keep you in the know about the cool happenings in the city and beyond, and she’s partnered with brands like Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, and Loft to help inspire others to be creative and take on beauty and fashion on their own terms.

She specializes in lifestyle photography for small businesses, interiors designers creatives + influencers; her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, HGTV Magazine and on House Beautiful, My Domaine, and Apartment Therapy. “Real life, but prettier.” is her focus with visual storytelling while helping her clients bring their brand visions to life. 

Describe your perfect Memphis day:

Grab a latte + pastry from Park + Cherry while at the Dixon seeing an exhibition, stop by a few local boutiques to shop, grab lunch at Libro in Laurelwood, dinner at Catherine & Mary’s, live music at Overton Square, nightcap at Inkwell.

Your most memorable Memphis moment:

Hearing The Roots and The Isley Brothers play at The New Daisy Theater. 

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