I’ll start with where I ate today: Chiwawa in Midtown Memphis.
Normally weekday lunches are confined to a packed lunch or a nearby location downtown. Since we had the time today some coworkers and I decided to head out to Chiwawa in Midtown.
I’ve actually been dying to go to Chiwawa because I live in the area. I drive past the place every day so I watched the construction and opening process for the restaurant. I love that they revitalized this space and are so focused on being part of Midtown.
It was great to finally go inside and test out the menu (which is a very cool design, btw). It’s a casual Mexican restaurant & bar and the concept seemed rather… intriguing. Tacos and hotdogs at the same restaurant? This I must see.
We split chips and guacamole as an appetizer. The plate of chips felt rather massive!
The chips are house made and seasoned rather well. I couldn’t decide if I likes them on the first bit but after a few I loved them. The guac was super fresh and chunky – just the way it should be.
I ordered two tacos for my lunch.
Taco al Pastor – Smoked Pork, Grilled Pineapple, Pickled Onion, Cilantro, 901 Mexi-Que Sauce.
Taco de Pollo – Smoked Chicken, Salsa Verde, Slaw Chiwawa, Cotija
It was a rather appetizing plate. I love that you can mix and match your order with whatever tacos and side items you want. At $3 a taco it definitely encourages ordering more!
I enjoyed the tacos well enough, but I feel like I’ve had better tacos at local Mexican places (and food trucks). There was nothing wrong with these combinations they just didn’t do it for me today. I should have ordered the fish taco!
Favorite food item: Chips and Guacamole.
Least favorite food item: Taco al Pastor. Pork taco. Wasn’t a huge fan of the Mexi-Que sauce on a taco. I know we live in Memphis but c’mon.
Favorite non-food thing: The prices on the menu include tax so you don’t have to factor that in. That’s one thing I loved living in New Zealand so it’s nice to see again!
Least favorite non-food thing: It did feel a bit awkward to be in a restaurant where the waiter joked about not being able to pronounce the menu items that were in Spanish. That’s a whole different conversation for a different day.
Final thoughts: I’ll definitely give the place one (or more) visits since I live nearby and they have a killer patio. I also really want to try their juan-tons (a mexican twist on traditional wontons) and elote. I also need to try a hotdog and an alcoholic popsicle… Ok their menu actually holds a lot of promise for future visits.
Until next time!
Curious about the restaurant that sells hot dogs and tacos? Go visit!