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Friday, April 19, 2013

Nashville Food Friday: El Jalicience

El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
I have overlooked El Jalicience for years. I pass it multiple times per week, as it's on Gallatin Road, but just passed it off as another Mexican market that served some food. It's proximity to the local Radio Shack and train tracks weren't helping. My friends Lauren and Matt told me that they love this place, they eat there at least once a week, and you can't beat the prices. Well, the secret is now out and I deem El Jaliciense as the jam for Mexican food outside of Nolensville Road.
El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
Steve, Leah and I went on a random weeknight and the place was fairly busy. There was one waitress and she was doing the best she could. There was also a fair amount of take-out orders picked up while we were there. While the decor is nothing fancy and the tables and chairs are pretty standard, the place is filled with bright colors, murals and a little bit of kitsch.
El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
This lady was looking at me the whole time. How cute is she?
Guacamole at El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
When I told my buddy Lauren that we were finally going to try out El Jalicience she told me that I had to get their guacamole. AND OH MY GOD BEST GUACAMOLE EVER. It was basically a bunch of avocados that were smashed up with a bit with cilantro, lime and tomatoes; it was clearly made fresh when we ordered it. Plus, it was only about $3.50.
Drinks at El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
Leah ordered a Michelada and let me have a sip. This might've been my first ever Michelada and I really liked it. It reminded me of a bloody mary- which I loved. I have a feeling this might be my new go-to summer drink.
Tacos at El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
For dinner I ordered an assortment of tacos: tripe, tongue, and barbacoa. The tongue taco might be my favorite tongue taco I've had in Nashville. The meat was cut in large chunks, it was super tender and the flavor was amazing. The tripe and the barbacoa were solid choices. Plus, at about $1.50 a taco, you can't go wrong.
Tacos at El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
See that massive thing on the left? That is the chicken burrito Steve ordered. The waitress was really confused when he ordered two tacos and a burrito. She tried to tell him that the burrito was HUGE and that was a lot of food. Steve said he was hungry and stuck with his original order. When the burrito arrived it was bigger than we imagined and covered with sour cream, pico and avocado. While Steve said the burrito itself was just standard, it was a tasty filling meal for less than $5. Steve highly recommends their chorizo taco, but Steve will always recommend anything that has chorizo in it. ;-)
El Jaicience Mexican restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
The market part of El Jalicience is really small; basically one aisle of products. But if you are in need of some fresh queso or some jarritos, this can be your place.

Overall, I really liked El Jalicience. The food was super tasty and it was a great value. The staff was friendly and attentive and the place just has a really comfortable vibe. I'm happy to know I don't have to go all the way across town the next time I want a tongue taco.
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10 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing! I love Mexican food.


    <3 Melissa
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  2. This actually looks super authentic. I live right on the border of Texas and Mexico so food here is amazing. Micheladas here are a nice afternoon drink or usually a hangover drink. haha.
    Those tongue tacos look delicious. yum!!

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    1. Oh I'm so happy that this is "real" Mexican food. Since I've never been to Mexico, I always wonder if what I'm eating is the real deal.

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  3. Oh, I want to try this place now! And it's just around the corner, too. Sign me up for one michelada, please, El Jal. :)

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    1. OH OH let me know if you and your man go. TACO DOUBLE DATE!

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  4. I've wanted to go there FOREVER. Any veggie options?

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  5. Looks very good, I love good Mexican food.
    I always rate a Mexican place by their
    guacamole, very important to me.

    I'm a vegetarian so I like to 'bean and veg' it up!

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    1. I honestly don't know if they have extensive veggie options. But I know that they have rice and beans... so perhaps they have some offerings. If not, they should.

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  6. Always looking for places to eat when I am on that side of town. Can't wait to try.

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