The fajitas at Garcia's push the Mexican restaurant to the top in our Post Reader's Poll. TMP Photo by Michelle Willard
What’s the proper greeting for Cinco de Mayo?
Dunno. Maybe hola? or fiesta!!! with emphasis?
Cinco de Mayo celebrates a victory by the Mexican Army over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s not Mexican independence day or any other major holiday, but more of a bridge between cultures much like St. Patrick’s Day.
So in that same spirit we’re serving up a sizzling hot list of murfreesboropost.com readers’ Top 10 favorite Mexican restaurantes just in time for May 5. Make that Top 11 ... arriba, arriba ... because that is the tradition at the Murfreesburro Post.
Due to the closeness of the online voting, we won’t rank them, but coming out on the top of this list by a mucho margin was:
Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
4183 Franklin Rd. Suite 9B (Publix Shopping Center)
“Garcia's on Franklin Road is the closest to real, authentic Mexican Food in my opinion. Many others are Mexican-Tennessee style, which is fine, if that is what you like. Garcia's chips and salsa are the freshest I have found. Everything I have tried there is good! :-),” posted reader lovecollies.
“Since a buddy suggested lunch there a couple of months ago, it has quickly become a favorite for lunch or dinner. Very nice quality and presentation of food and the portions sizes seem to be a bit more than the boro' staples, Camino and La Siesta. Don't get me wrong, I am still picking that patio on Greenland Dr. as my favorite place for a margarita in the springtime, but when it comes to food, Garcia's is the place. A 2nd place vote for me is Mi Patria behind CoCo Bay,” RaiderXpress said.
Fans of the restaurant even wanted to keep it quiet.
“Please stay away from our Garcias, we do not want others to know about it. It is too far for you folks to drive out to Blackman on Franklin Road at Rucker Lane. We do not want you out here eating the good food and drinks. Please stay away, please,” ItsGood posted.
Murfreesboro’s original Camino Real did well in the voting and commenting. As did the Caminos off Cason Lane and South Church Street.
301 NW Broad St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Reader periwinkle is a Camino Real connoisseur:
“The original Camino Real on Broad St. near Shoney's hands down. Much better than the one at Cason Lane. Try anything with shrimp in it. They grill those little suckers. Muy Bueno. The other Caminos could take a lesson.
“We keep trying others as new ones open, but we keep going back to Camino on Broad.
“Camino Real on Broad St. is far less convenient to us, but totally worth the extra few miles. (Just writing this is making me hungry for a shrimp chimi.)”
The La Siesta on Greenland near MTSU was also another favorite.
111 Greenland Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
“My vote goes to LaSiesta on Greenland. Friendliest staff, best service, great patio, awesome food, great marguaritas,” posted attagirl.
“No contest. It's LaSiesta on Greenland. In addition to well-prepared food at a good price, the staff is the friendliest in town. The outside patio is recently improved and is a great place to enjoy a margarita in the warmth of the sun,” said Post reader lwg.
The La Siestas on Broad Street at Northfield and on South Church also won votes and good reader posts.
For a more authentic Mexican taste, Carmen’s Taqueria on Northfield had a vocal group of fans.
352 W Northfield Blvd
“Try Carmens Taqueria on Northfield and Mexi-Ven Rest on Bradyville before casting votes for La Siesta. Empanadas and Sopes at Carmens are delicious. La Siesta does have a great porch for drinking huge beers but the food is just ok in comparison,” said rebelalliance.
“Don't judge this book by its cover. For real mexican food, with fresh ingredients, and quality preparations, you have to take a chance on CARMENS TAQUARIA. You will not regret it. I have tried every mexican restaurant in town and quit looking when I took a chance on CARMENS TAQUARIA.
Great breakfast too!!! And can any other mexican restaurant in Murfreesboro make that claim?” posted funtxcowboy.
Chilango on Lascassas Pike was another favorite.
Chilango's Mexican Restaurant
2069 Lascassas Pike,
“Chilango's behind the Food Lion and across from Kroger's near the Rutherford/Northfield traffic light. I love their Pollo Loco and generous tasty fajitas -- all flavors. Generous portions,” said reader Geana.
6. El Torero (no matter how you spell it) on Memorial generated good comments and some interest as well.
641 Memorial Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
“It's no contest... El Torero on Memorial. They don't wow you with decor... they WOW you with the food,” said RockyattheTop.
“El Torrero on Memorial Blvd is the best by leaps and bounds,” posted mhm2a.
In contrast, Cozumel on South Church Street got lots of favorable comments, but just a few votes.
Cozumel Mexicano Restaurant
2924 S Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
“Cozumel on South Church St. I have been going religiously for eight months now. They know my name, and treat me like family every time,” said pumpkinhead90.
“Cozumel on South Church! Great food, great prices, great happy hour, and best of all Ricardo and his family always make you feel like family!” posted utmomx3
“Cozumel on South Church Street beats any place in town. Tell Ricardo to make you one of his hand made Top-Shelf Rita's and then order Tacos Carne Asada with ‘green salsa.’ Incredible! Also, they have the freshest and best plain red salsa I have ever eaten,” added soon2b6.
“Add my vote to Cozumel on South Church Street in the Kroger Shopping Center.
Ricardo....and Maria.....they DO make you feel like family there. I am highly allergic to peppers and they are the ONLY place I can go to and get food prepared as requested. In fact....they know my voice on the phone and what I always order. Their Especial Cozumel Fajitas. Single order, which is plenty for hubby and myself with some leftovers for the next day!” said Flo.
Located near Stones River Mall is Mia Patria, another local favorite.
Mia Patria Restaurant
230 Stones River Road
(615) - 907 - 2838
“Mi Patria by a landslide. The food is awesome, always hot and fresh. Service is very good and the price/quality ratio is out of this world,” posted Spit0414.
“Mia Patria behind Coconut Bay Cafe, next to Kinkos/Fed Ex. Delicious. The family eats every bite,” agreed JM325.
A newcomer near the Woodbury Wal-Mart, Limestone Mexican Grill, is growing in popularity.
Limestone Mexican Grill
2962 S Rutherford Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
“Limestone is the best in my opinion. The people who own it also own La Terraza on OHB and Nolensville road in Nashville ( In the Kroger shopping center). Used to go there all the time when I lived near there. I was happy and excited to see Limestone open up in the Boro love the green habenero sauce on the tables,” said Ponycar.
Another hole in the wall, authentic Mexican restaurant that’s beloved by its patrons.
“Mexi-Ven is the only place I know of in town that serves Papusas Barbacoa, Lengua and Tacos Al Pastor. The menu is entirely in spanish...¡Muy Auténtico!” posted rebelalliance.
And No. 11 .... an un-nominated restaurant mentioned by many posters.
521 NW Broad St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Located in a former Burger King location, Fiesta Acapulo has had the misfortunate of being located in the midst of the Broad Street bridge repair project. It’s well known for its salsa and Coctel de Camarón, aka Shrimp Cocktail.
“Fiesta Acapulco should definitely be on the list! Good food and great staff,” posted justdance.