Middle Tennessee’s only location of The Local Taco has become a Brentwood institution known for its family-friendly versatility and for putting a Southern twist on tacos.

“It’s definitely not your typical, authentic Mexican restaurant,” General Manager Billy Beels said. “We do have some traditional Mexican dishes. The street corn [and] the carnitas are a very traditional Mexican recipe. But a lot of these tacos have our own Southern flair on them.”

The brand started 10 years ago, according to Beels. Other locations in Lexington, Huntsville and Bowling Green are still open, but the Brentwood spot is the only one left in Tennessee after locations in Sylvan Park and East Nashville closed.

“We really like the community of Brentwood. We love the people that are here,” Beels said. “Everyone around here is pretty friendly and family-oriented, also, and that’s the kind of crowds that we get.”

On the daily menu, top-selling items include the tacos, especially the Nashville Hot Chicken Taco with house-made hot sauce, poblano cream sauce, cilantro, coleslaw and diced pickles.

“It’s spicy, but it’s not going to set your eyeballs on fire,” Beels said.

Mexican-style street corn is the most popular side, he said. It is made with spices and can be served on or off the cob.

Though family-friendly, the restaurant also has a full bar with a television and with margaritas and spirits on the menu. Drink specials are available, including half-off margarita pitchers on Tuesdays.

Diners can get two tacos with a side for $9.50 or choose four tacos for $14. Salads, bowls and Mexican dips, such as guacamole, queso and salsa, are available as well, which contributes to the versatile atmosphere, Beels said.

“You can come with your buddies to watch the football game, have a margarita, a beer or some tacos,” he said. “Or you can come with your wife and kids, and everybody can have a good time.”

The Local Taco
146 Pewitt Drive, Brentwood
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.