Swanky's Taco Shop

Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, Sushi

Price: $

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Germantown's Best Restaurants: A few local boys have hit the foodie scene hard in Memphis with Swanky's, turning a couple of cavernous strip mall spaces into some of the most popular eateries in town. In the evenings, Swanky's is a hip spot - especially on weekend nights, when there's often live music or a live DJ. Check the website for the schedule and list of bands. During lunch, it's a walk-up and order spot, with the line moving quickly as customers build-their-own burritos, tacos and salads – with the help of the friendly and often teasing food builders. There are grilled entrees including fish tacos, quesadillas and fajita plates. The star of the menu may just be the white queso; it is super creamy and rich, and practically a meal in itself. The fish tacos are another must-order with crispy yet lightly breaded white fish.

Family Friendly: Kids can build-their-own burritos, quesadillas, tacos and salads using a check-the-box order form, meaning picky little ones can customize their food if they're old enough to order on their own. Kids will also love the white queso; it is super creamy and rich, and practically a meal in itself. The fish tacos are another kid favorite, with crispy yet lightly breaded white fish and fresh fixings. Two locations - both on Poplar Avenue and one nearly in Germantown - offer a mixed lunch crowd of business execs, young professionals, yard guys and moms with tots, and both locations offer patio dining when the weather is fine.

Lunch, Outdoor Dining, Mexican, Take Out: During lunch, it's a walk-up and order spot, with the line moving quickly as customers build-their-own burritos, tacos and salads – with the help of the friendly and often teasing food builders. One can get more complicated at lunch; there are grilled entrees including fish tacos, quesadillas and fajita plates. The star of the menu may just be the white queso; it is super creamy and rich, and practically a meal in itself. The fish tacos are another must-order with crispy yet lightly breaded white fish. Two locations - both on Poplar Avenue and one nearly in Germantown - offer a mixed lunch crowd of business execs, young professionals, yard guys and moms with tots, and both locations offer patio dining when the weather is fine.

Restaurants with Healthy Menus: So maybe one wouldn't normally think of a Mexican restaurant as a healthy eating place, but Swanky's is pretty healthy, as long as you choose wisely. One can get more complicated at lunch; there are grilled entrees including fish tacos, quesadillas and fajita plates. The star of the menu may just be the white queso; it is super creamy and rich, and practically a meal in itself. The fish tacos are another must-order with crispy yet lightly breaded white fish. Two locations - both on Poplar Avenue and one nearly in Germantown - offer a mixed lunch crowd of business execs, young professionals, yard guys and moms with tots, and both locations offer patio dining when the weather is fine.


Address

4770 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38117

Map / Directions
901-730-0763


Hours

Expert Tips by Sally Walker Davies

Memphis Local Expert

Germantown's Best Restaurants: "During the heat of summer - July and August - avoid the patio unless you like to sweat on your food. Since the patio is a) uncovered and b) next to a parking lot, it's H-O-T."

Family Friendly, Lunch, Restaurants with Healthy Menus, Outdoor Dining, Mexican, Take Out: "During the heat of summer - July and August - avoid the patio at lunch, unless you like to sweat on your meal. Since the patio is a) uncovered and b) next to the parking lot, it's H-O-T."

Best for Germantown's Best Restaurants Because: Swanky's is a fave because it's fast and yummy, with a nice bar and wine list - and killer queso.

Best for Family Friendly Because: Swanky's is the kind of place parents love - fresh food for the kids, and fresh margaritas for mom and dad.

Best for Lunch Because: Swanky's is a quick and scrumptious option for lunch, which means you can fill up and get back to work in a snap.

Best for Restaurants with Healthy Menus Because: For most dishes, you choose exactly what comes on your plate, allowing you to control carbs,fat, and calories.

Best for Outdoor Dining Because: We love getting our chill on, sitting on the patio at Swanky's - it's an East Memphis hangout.

Best for Mexican Because: We love the upscale feel of Swanky's - kind of taco shop meets hip hangout.

Best for Take Out Because: You can call ahead and even order online for take-out.

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