I love Chipotle. So, before we head off to a new city, I always research if there is one around where we are staying. There really wasn’t one around, but in my research I did come stumble across Bartaco. And now, after having been I LOVE Bartaco Nashville.
Bartaco is a “tacos and tequila” restaurant in the 12 South area of Nashville. It’s a small chain with locations in several states. According to their website, the inspiration is the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California.
We headed there on a beautiful Sunday morning. Bartaco Nashville has a really nice outdoor seating area with a mixture of tables and more relaxed seating. But since it was really warm that day, we opted to sit indoors. Right away, a very friendly server was there to offer us something to drink and go over the menu with us and explain the ordering process.
We started with guac + roja + verde which consists of guacamole, salsa roja and salsa verde served with tortilla chips. The guac was really good but the star of the show was the salsa verde. And, we ordered a fresh-brewed ginger mint iced tea carafe. It was outstanding.
Before we placed our order, the server explained to us that the tacos were pretty small and that an adult can typically eat between 3 and 5.
The menu lists several taco options served on small flour tortillas for either $2.50 or $3.50. The options include baja fish, chicken pastor, spicy chorizo, portobello with queso fresco, glazed pork belly and many more. For those that don’t fancy tacos, they have other options like ceviche, rice bowls, rotisserie chicken, various sides and of course, desserts. Once ready to order, we filled out the order sheet. What seemed like moments later, our food appeared.
Our tacos were fantastic. Confession time. We liked Bartaco Nashville so much so that we returned for dinner the same day. Not only was the food spot on, but the service was outstanding.
On our second visit, we ordered pretty much the same thing. Lame, I know. But we did try one of their famous margaritas and a Reviver. It’s made with gin, cucumber, mint, lime juice and mango nectar. Both were delicious.
Wary Travelers Tip
The 12 South area is a bit our of downtown but a quick Uber ride got us there in no time. It can be quite busy at times, but if you avoid the peak times you should be able to get seated right away.
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