Taco Mamacita Nashville
1200 Villa Place
Nashville TN 37212
Review by CLAY
I’ve now eaten at Taco Mamacita twice. The location is great, in a cool neighborhood and a really great atmosphere. The first thing that you notice upon arriving at TM is that they have a great outdoor patio. The next thing that you’ll notice (as we did on the second visit) is that if its a Wednesday, its crowded. Turns out Wednesday is “2-for-1 margarita” night, so if you go on a Wednesday, plan on waiting or sitting at the bar. We decided to sit at the bar and started off with a margarita (many options, the ones I’ve had were all good) and chips and salsa. The first problem, right off the bat, is that you have to pay $3 for chips and salsa, a Mexican restaurant staple that is free almost everywhere else. The chips and salsa are both good, and I believe they are made in house. They offer three types of salsa to chose from, or you can try the sampler for an additional charge. On my first visit we had the sampler, and even though it goes against my beliefs to pay for chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant, the sampler is a great way to start a meal at Taco Mamacita.
I wish I could say that this visit to Taco Mamacita was different than the first, but both times I went in with high expectations based on the exciting and unique menu, and both times I left disappointed and feeling like I overpaid. For sure, there are some delicious tacos on the menu, but there are just as many disastrous combinations and it is impossible to know which is which until the first bite. Go for the drinks and the atmosphere- and if you must eat, expect to overpay, and order cautiously- ask your server or bartender which taco they eat most often. Otherwise you may find both your wallet and your stomach unsatisfied.