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Award-winning food truck El Mero Taco to open a restaurant in Cordova

“The award-winning food truck El Mero Taco will soon have a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Owners Jacob and Clarissa Dries will open El Mero Taco at 8100 Macon Station Drive in Cordova on Tuesday.

It’s been a dream that the couple have had for years.

“My wife was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, while I was raised in Memphis. We feel that our food is a representation of our two cultures colliding,” Jacob said of their taco offerings.

El Mero Taco was featured on Food Network’s “Big Food Truck Tip with Andrew Zimmern” last year. The taco food truck has been nominated as “Best Food Truck” by The Commercial Appeal the past two years and is on numerous “best of” lists in the Memphis food scene.”

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New Eats: El Mero Taco

“El Mero Taco opened a brick-and-mortar location last month in Cordova that's a bit hidden but worth finding. And if you want a really good fried okra taco, you'd better find it while our favorite Southern pod is still in season. Now is the time to tell you that it’s really just fried okra, not a taco, but you could turn it into one like I did.

Jacob and Clarissa Dries launched the El Mero Taco food truck about four years ago, a natural way for the couple, who met in culinary school, to start their own business. The food was mostly tacos, reflecting Clarissa’s Mexican heritage, but with some Southern influences, such as Jacob’s fried chicken – inside a taco.”


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Memphis Vegan Food Trucks: El Mero Taco

“It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, food trucks were illegal in Memphis! But it's only been since 2011, when the Memphis City Council passed an ordinance allowing mobile food vendors, that food trucks have even been a thing here. Now, there are food trucks EVERYWHERE! And surprisingly, many offer vegan options.

I was just turned onto El Mero Taco, a taco truck with vegan options. My friend Ranise works on the truck, and she gave me a heads-up that they were offering a seitan taco special tonight. And it just so happened that they were conveniently parked just down the street from my house. It was a lovely, warm spring day, so I walked over to check them out.”

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Where to Get Your Food Truck Fix in Memphis

“Memphians love some food trucks, and we’ve got plenty of options.

Here is a list of currently active trucks”