Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Taco Mama

I've found my new favorite neighborhood restaurant. It also happens to be my new favorite Mexican place, and it has the best margarita in town. Taco Mama has 18 locations across the Southeast, but the inventive dishes, high quality of food and courteous staff has me thinking this is anything but a "chain". If you haven't been yet, prepare to get addicted.

Upon walking in, you're greeted with a smile and a menu. The staff asks if this is your first time, and if it is, they're eager to help. They suggest favorites and walk you through the ordering process. You can also check out the colorful chalkboard above the counter, to go along with the colorful lights strung about the restaurant. On nice days, they raise up the front walls to make it a screened-in porch.

Taco Mama boasts 10 flavors of margs (the Skinny is to die for) and the Prosecco Fizz is a really nice alternative because the bubbles cut the sweetness. If you're lucky enough to go in the summer when the Watermelon variety is available, it's irresistible. Insider tip - certain varieties are half off on Tuesdays. And in case you're wondering, a pitcher pours 6 healthy-sized margs. They also offer wine and beer if that's more your jam.
Watermelon Marg!
At Taco Mama, customization is the name of the game. You could select one of their suggested dishes, or you can build your own, which is what I like to do. You start by picking your base - Quesadillas, Tacos (flour, corn or hard shell), Nachos, Burritos or Burrito Bowls. Then you choose from a wide selection of proteins - Barbacoa, Grilled Shrimp, Ahi Tuna and Chorizo to name just a few. My favorite is the Shrimp - it's always perfectly tender and seasoned well. The endless toppings are where I tend to go a little crazy. You can have your choice of Chorizo Refried Beans, Grilled Jalapenos, Ancho Chile Slaw, Guacamole, Cilantro, Queso Fresco - the list goes on and on and it's hard not to ask for a little of everything! Inventive and flavorful sauces include Red-Chile Butter Sauce and Roasted Poblano Tartar.
I love the shrimp tacos. So much food!

Shrimp Burrito Bowl!
All entrees (with the exception of the Burrito Bowl) come with Chips and Salsa, but the Tacos and Burritos also come with another side - seriously, this is the best deal in town. The chips are thin, crispy and salty, and the salsa has incredible flavor and not too much heat. As far as sides go, I love the Black Beans and the creamy Mexican Mac and Cheese.

At Taco Mama, you can really have it your way. You can have it any way you want! The combinations are endless. I am always so impressed with how delicious everything is and how kind the staff is. That definitely keeps me coming back. And the margs. I really can't get over the margs.