Chapuline's StreeTacos: A Hidden Gem for Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Maryville, Tennessee
If you're driving through Maryville, you might not expect to find an exceptional Mexican dining experience at a gas station, but that's exactly what you'll discover at Chapuline's StreeTacos - Maryville (no, that's not a typo... that's how they spell it). Don't let the unassuming location deter you; this casual eatery has a lot to offer, and it's one of the cleanest and most authentic Mexican spots we've found since moving to East Tennessee. They also have a location in Alcoa, which we've not yet tried.
A Surprise Gem in an Unexpected Place
When we first heard about Chapuline's, we were a bit skeptical, given its gas station setting. However, the moment we stepped inside, any doubts vanished. The clean and cozy atmosphere immediately put us at ease, and the delightful aroma of sizzling meats hinted at the treat that awaited us.
The Ultimate Carne Asada Burrito
Chapuline's StreeTacos is all about authenticity, and it shines through in their dishes. For those who, like us, have been on the hunt for genuine Mexican flavors in East Tennessee, this place is a game-changer. While we've sampled our fair share of good Mexican and Tex-Mex offerings in the region, Chapuline's stands out for its commitment to delivering the real deal.
For me, the perfect carne asada burrito is the thing by which mexican joints are first measured. I believe this is the star of Chapuline's show (even if it isn't a street taco). It's no exaggeration to say that this is the best carne asada burrito we've had in Tennessee. The marinated and grilled steak is incredibly tender, with a smoky, charred flavor that's a delight for the taste buds. It's complemented by perfectly seasoned rice and beans, fresh pico de gallo, cheese and probably some other goodness which comprise this huge specimen! This burrito is a masterpiece of Mexican cuisine, a generous and flavorful delight.
An Authentic Mexican Experience
Chapuline's Street Tacos doesn't just offer delicious food; it provides an authentic Mexican experience. From the friendly staff to the vibrant and colorful decor, you'll feel like you've been transported to a street-side taqueria in Mexico. The only part that I would challenge is that the tacos (we tried the carnitas and asada varieties) are literally seasoned meat in a tortilla. While tasty, I prefer a few more toppings on my street tacos. They do have a salsa bar with all the normal taco accoutrements so that's a really easy fix but you'll want to remember to stock up before you leave, if you're taking your order to go as we did.
The Final Verdict
If you're on the quest for authentic Mexican food in East Tennessee, look no further than Chapuline's Street Tacos. The unassuming location might surprise you, but what's waiting inside is pure culinary gold. From their mouthwatering variety of menu choices to the friendly atmosphere, this hidden gem deserves every bit of praise it receives. Chapuline's StreeTacos is a must-visit for anyone craving real Mexican flavors in the region.
We're excited to continue exploring the culinary landscape of East Tennessee and sharing our experiences with you. Stay tuned for more reviews of fantastic eateries in the area.