The Local Taco
From the name, one might think that The Local Taco is strictly a local restaurant. While there are two locations in Middle Tennessee (Nashville and Brentwood), there are also locations in Lexington, Greenville, and coming soon to Asheville. The Nashville location is on Murphy Road in Sylvan Park and features a small, bright, and cozy atmosphere. There are plenty of windows both inside and on the enclosed patio. There is a framed TV above the bar, but it is almost an afterthought. In quick-service fashion, you order at the register, pick up drinks (a nice beer selection and margaritas are both available) from the bar and wait for your food to be brought out to your table. Drinks and food were both ready quickly.
We went for a late lunch on Saturday and between the four of us we sampled almost every Taco on the menu. No one was disappointed. We ordered chips, queso, and black bean salsa. All were solid but not remarkable. My advice would be to skip the chips and dips and just get an extra taco, they are the stars of this show.
As I mentioned, we sampled most of the taco menu on this visit, but in addition to soft tacos (corn tortillas available upon request), they also offer a variety of salads and enchiladas. Our table of four had (at least) the following tacos: Tequila Lime Chicken, Carnitas, Smoked Brisket, Spicy Shrimp, Fish, Buffalo Chicken, and Korean BBQ. The tacos are small, but delicious and inexpensive ($2.75 each), and are prepared quickly with fresh ingredients. My two favorites were the Smoked Brisket and the Spicy Shrimp, but the Carnitas and Fish also got two thumbs up from the table. You really can’t go wrong with any of the tacos here, all of which blow away similar offerings from Taco Mamacita.
If you find yourself in Sylvan Park, or just hankering for a some fresh, inspired Tex-Mex, do your tastebuds a favor and head over to The Local Taco.