by guest blogger Chase Purdy
I visited: Mas Tacos, a low-key Mexican cuisine stop-n-eat on the edge of the leafy East Nashville neighborhood in Nashville, Tenn. It wasn’t a disappointment. But then, how could it be? Anymore, Nashville is referred to as an up-and-coming “new Brooklyn,” a city that supports a thriving scene of hipsters, record stores, artists, and all the creative food joints needed to keep them well fed. Food trucks roll down neighborhood streets, there are dogs galore, and then there’s Mas Tacos — a blip of my short visit, really, but an oasis, to be sure. It’s a cash-only, BYOB spot with a utilitarian interior built for fast-action service and pit-stop eating. It’s delicious. It will be the first place I go upon my eventual return to this city.
I tried: The menu isn’t expansive, but it’s also not lacking in options. There’s soup, tacos, even breakfast specials on some days. I opted for a spicy carne molida taco, served up hot, and covered in onion and cilantro. To wash it down, I opted for a cold cup of zanaranta, a winning combination of carrot + orange juice.
Why it stood out: Honestly, everyone in line ahead of me was giddy to eat, so I figured most of the items on the menu would be winners. I normally opt for carnitas, so going for the carne molida was a nice switch-up. Really, though, it was the zanaranta that stole the show. Aside from the odd-factor, it was refreshing, and (if we’re really being honest) the carrot-orange combo left me preening about how responsible and healthy I had been. Of course, that was all a lie. There’s no way that juice balanced out the delicious grease of my taco.
It cost: A cool $3 for the taco and another $3 for the drink. #schwing.
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732 b Mcferrin Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206