The quote “Live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday!” definitely resonates with us, so we stopped by Taco Nooga’s Northshore location recently to experience some of the best tacos in town. The simply decorated restaurant offers some of the most authentic Mexican food you’re going to find along the beaten path. No matter what you choose on the menu, you’re probably going to enjoy it. Their success on Frazier Avenue allowed them to recently open a new location in East Brainerd. There has even been talk about a 3rd location, but since we can’t say anything else about that right now, let’s get to the reason we are all here anyway: the tacos.
Actually, we aren’t to the tacos yet. Sorry. Not sorry. But no visit to Taco Nooga is complete without first indulging in the always tasty GuacaMex. Carlos isn’t the biggest fan of raw onions, so some of the dishes (including the GuacaMex) were ordered with minimal onions. The house-made chips are a base for freshly cut avocados, cilantro, tomatoes, onions and lime juice. Without much trepidation, we’ll go ahead and dub it one of the best guacamoles in Chattanooga. If you’ve found a better combination of these ingredients around town, please let us know. Then, let’s take a field trip. We will gladly be proven wrong on this one.
For about eight bucks (fish/shrimp are extra) plus tax, you can choose 3 tacos from an extensive list. It’s pretty impressive considering the size of the restaurant you just walked into. Don’t expect any hard shelled tacos, though. These are classic street tacos your momma told you about. The lengua (beef tongue) tacos might be a little too far out there for you, but the staples are present too. Grilled chicken, carne asada (grilled steak) bean & cheese, al pastor (marinated pork shoulder), chorizo (Mexican sausage), picadillo (ground beef), pescado (grilled telapia), and camarones (grilled shrimp) are all solid options.
While Carlos got straight into his grilled chicken and chorizo tacos, Jon enjoyed his carne asada and carnitas. The one similarity in the two plates was the al pastor. These always seem to be a crowd favorite at any place that’s serving these street style tacos. As mentioned earlier, the onions and cilantro are fresh as can be. The lime juice can add a little zest to whichever taco might strike your fancy. The one thing we noticed was that these tacos weren’t served with a double shell, like you would find with most other authentic street tacos. It might get a little messy, but your plate will save the day so you can mix and scoop all the excess tidily with your fork at the end of your taco adventure.
We have a few more to taste on Taco Nooga’s list, but we weren’t let down by the 5 we tried. Carlos needs more of the chorizo in his life, and Jon loved the always tender, juicy al pastor, so you can bet we’ll be back. Check them out for lunch or dinner at their two locations: Northshore or East Brainerd. Have you already been to Taco Nooga? Do you love it as much as we do? Make sure to find us on our social media channels or leave us a comment! We love hearing from you.