It’s Time For a Fiesta in Franklin (Here Are 5 Ways How)!
Tacos. For the win! Who doesn’t love them? There are emojis of them and even a day of the week named for them (hello, Taco Tuesday). It’s one of my go-to meals to plan for a get together with friends. No two tacos are the same, and they pair great with drinks. The traditional street food has grown increasingly popular over the last few years, and you don’t even have to go south of the border to celebrate the best of the best this Cinco de Mayo. Here are my favorite places that I go loco for in Williamson County!
Right in the heart of Brentwood, you can find the charming Uncle Julio’s. The patio makes for perfect people watching amongst the shopping at the Hill Center and is cozy around the fire pit in the evenings. Uncle Julio’s prides itself on the freshest made-from-scratch Tex Mex. It is home to my favorite handcrafted margarita, the pineapple jalapeño margarita (it’s a secret one that rarely makes an appearance on the menu!). The homemade tableside guacamole prepared in front of you is a unique experience and is a crowd pleaser. Speaking of crowd-pleasing, if you are celebrating this weekend and have a sweet tooth, get the chocolate piñata. Trust me. Filled with mini churros and fresh fruit what is more entertaining than batting open a chocolate piñata? The table next to you will surely be jealous.
Are you looking to stay away from the crowds on Saturday? Head over to Sopapilla’s for their Sunday Brunch. Breakfast tacos… um, do I need to say more?! This upscale, yet affordable Mexican restaurant has an inviting outdoor patio and an all-day Sunday happy hour. The brunch buffet is kid-friendly too if you are headed out with the family. The dip sampler (guac, bean, and queso) and the namesake dessert, sopapillas, will make you become a regular at this locally owned neighborhood gem.
Located inside the Factory at Franklin, Mojo’s Taco’s is sure to be the new hot spot this spring. The storefront opened last week, and I’m not ashamed to say I ate lunch there two days in a row… for very official Visit Franklin research of course. With the colorful atmosphere and unique menu options, you really can’t go wrong here. From the signature “puffy” taco to all-natural paleta popsicles, you’ll be in for a treat. My favorites are the fried avocado and the Baja fish (mojo style) with a side of street corn. Grab a Mexican Coke from the fountain machine or one of the craft tequilas or beers from local brewers at the bar. Can’t make it to the Factory anytime soon? Keep an eye out for their food truck around town!
The most talked about authentic Mexican food in all of Franklin. It’s legendary, really. When I first started working in Franklin, I got the “What do you mean you haven’t been to Pueblo Real yet?!” It has been an area favorite for a little over a decade, located just two miles from Franklin’s downtown square. There are dozens of Mexican fare items on the menu that are served up in generous portions that make for the perfect next day leftovers. The special house-made queso and a sizzling fajita will kick off your Saturday in the best way. They also pair wonderfully with Pueblo’s signature margarita!
It’s hard to not talk about this being one of the BEST DAYS EVER. This year two of my favorite spring holidays – The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo – just so happen to fall on the same day. So how does the Run for the Roses meet the Fifth of May celebrations, you might ask? What better way to have a ‘Cinco de Derby’ celebration than with a dinner party! Simply invite the gang over for a watch party, throw on a large sombrero as a derby hat, pick up a party pack of tacos from restaurants mentioned above (or make a create your own taco bar). Of course, you’ll also need to craft some mint juleps courtesy of fine bourbon from our very own Leiper’s Fork Distillery or a julep margarita with Tennessee-made tequila!
So many tacos, so little time!
What are your favorite spots around Franklin, Tennessee?