Mexican Restaurants in Tennessee

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El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.

1805 N Germantown Pkwy
Cordova,
TN
US

Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.

2019 W End Ave
Nashville,
TN
US

Inside La Parilla, bright sunflower-colored walls stretch from the rustic tiled floor to the lofty ceiling and overlook a spread of hearty Mexican dishes and fruity, top-shelf margaritas. In this light and airy eatery, chefs spin out all the south-of-the-border favorites, from cacophonously sizzling fajitas and fish tacos to seven types of enchiladas teeming with liberally spiced meat and floods of melted cheese. At the full bar, mixologists update the classic margarita with mango and strawberry flavors, imbuing drinks with a tropical essence usually achieved only by puréeing a box of miniature umbrellas.

11639 Parkside Dr
Knoxville,
TN
US

El Ranchero was reviewed in the Pulse's Dining Out Spotlight and featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 83% of six Urbanspooners recommend it.

6700 Ringgold Rd
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Under the glow of golden chandeliers that hang down from wood beams overhead, a trio of performers sits on the slightly elevated stage at 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse, which now resides at a brand new location. On nights with live music, the eatery's interior buzzes with visitors who sip craft beers and dig into freshly constructed sandwiches or burgers stacked with hand-formed patties. On Mondays and Tuesdays, visitors can stop in to test their knowledge during trivia night, showing off their ability to recall obscure historical facts such as which side won the Revolutionary War.

114 North Church Street
Murfreesboro,
TN
US

The Burrito Meal's comestible concocters use fresh rice, beans, and savory meats to assemble the gut-busting burgers and burritos that populate their menu. Each delectable handmade burrito prompts bounteous bites of savory chicken, chorizo, steak, or pastor fillings and is lovingly nested inside aluminum foil to lock in flavor and heat. The Burrito Meal's culinary revisionists also transform the traditional burrito into the Burgito––a grilled hamburger donning all the usual fixings wrapped in a tortilla. Couples or platonic pairs can share today's Groupon for two burgers or two burritos, while diners eating solo can devour one and place the other in unoccupied cargo-pants pockets.

993 Airways Blvd
Jackson,
TN
US