Let’s taco ’bout it: Taco Mama review


Nestled in the Lawndale Shopping Center, Taco Mama made its debut as an Americanized taqueria earlier this year. Options for ordering include signature tacos and burritos, in addition to the choice of building your own taco, burrito, quesadilla or burrito bowl. Taco Mama takes pride in using fresh, simple ingredients to make good food, which serves as a solid foundation for the restaurant. Based in Alabama, the Taco Mama chain made its way to Greensboro. Their real-estate partner is a native of Greensboro and thought it would be the perfect place for Taco Mama. Taco Mama currently has 10 locations in Alabama and one location in Tennessee.

Since the Greensboro location is the only North Carolina location, it is a unique place to go. The location usually is busy with customers; however, the service is very fast and efficient.

“Whenever I have friends or family who don’t live in Greensboro, I always take them (to Taco Mama),” senior Madison Parsons said. “The service in there is really great.”

Parsons likes Taco Mama because there are a lot of different tacos to try. Usually, she orders two hard tacos with ground beef, lettuce, cheese, salsa, guacamole and sour cream, along with a side of chips and queso. My favorite taco is one of the signature tacos, called “The Mayor”. It comes loaded with marinated chicken, lettuce, tomato, queso fresco and creamy cilantro pesto. I think Taco Mama has some of the best, freshest chicken so I usually order something with chicken. I have also tried one of their burritos, “The Judge”. The burrito is packed with marinated chicken, black beans, cilantro-lime rice, shredded cheddar, lettuce, mild salsa ranchera and creamy cilantro pesto.

The food isn’t the only aspect of a restaurant; the prices and atmosphere play a big role in its success. Taco Mama’s ambiance consists of a cozy setting, using string lights and themed paintings to convey the vibe of the restaurant.

“I love the atmosphere of the restaurant,” Parsons said. “It always seems so happy in there. It’s a really cool place.”

The prices range on what you order, mainly based off of what meat is in the meal. Chicken and beef is $8 or $9, while fish like ahi tuna is $13. Most of the taco and burrito baskets are in between $8 and $10, which includes two hard or soft shell tacos, chips, salsa and a side.

“I would recommend (Taco Mama),” senior Josie Anderson said. “It’s super good and not too heavy or expensive.”