Bajo Sexto Taco at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee

Bajo Sexto Taco in Nashville, Tennessee, is a musical take on a Mexican theme. Located adjacent to the lobby of the Country Music Hall of Fame, just steps from Bridgestone Arena and Convention Center, I found this place on day two of a Nashville trip.

After the first day of traditional Nashville eating – BBQ ribs, pulled pork, sweet potato fries, and banana bread pudding – I was ready for fresh, delicious, simple ingredients. This was it! Bajo Sexto Taco provided the sustenance needed to power through another sightseeing day in the Music City.

Location:  216 5th Avenue South, [amazon_textlink asin=’1493018396′ text=’Nashville’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’theyums-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d9380adb-f65d-11e8-a531-cd5fa6dd608d’], [amazon_textlink asin=’1612381502′ text=’Tennessee’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’theyums-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f88aaffb-f65d-11e8-933b-dd8edc1570bd’].

If you’re heading to Nashville, we have two hotel recommendations: The Germantown Inn is a charming boutique hotel, just minutes from downtown (read a review here) and the Sheraton Grand Nashville, located right downtown and walking distance to Baja Sexto Taco (read a review here).

For more information about Nashville hotels, reviews, and checking out prices, head to TripAdvisor here.

Menu:  Nachos, Burritos, Quesadillas, and Tacos made with fresh ingredients are the offering. The Sexto Salad was flavorful, with chipotle chicken, shredded lettuce, guacamole, tortilla chips, Pico de Gallo, radish, queso fresco and a dab of rice and black beans.

Tacos are priced individually.  One makes a nice snack. Order the taco plate of two tacos and two sides for a full meal.  The house-made guacamole is thick and chunky and topped with queso fresco.

Hand-made corn tortillas are just one of the reasons the tacos here are special.  The standard Mexican offerings of chicken, carnitas, beef or fish are available.  Then, there are a couple of unique ensembles, like the Korena Crispy Tofu tacos, a combination of flash-fried tofu, guajillo chili, soy, and slaw.  Or, the Forager, which combines huila coche (corn truffles), wild mushrooms, queso fresco, spicy crema and salsa verde.

The nachos, like the tacos, can be ordered with chicken, pork, or ground beef.  If you have trouble making a decision, go for the Animal Nachos, which include all three proteins.

I love the options for the Baja Bowls.  All of the bowls combine black beans, sweet corn, guacamole, pickled red onion, salsa, and crema.  Three options for the base of the bowl offer options for going lean and green, or making a heartier pick with rice.  Base 1 is simply superfood lettuce and a vegetable blend.  Base 2 is rice.  Base 3 combines the two.  All are gluten-free, by avoiding a tortilla.  Obviously, the calorie and carb count differ between the first two options.

The menu is simple and limited, but still offers plenty of options for a variety of palates. It is amazing how many different combinations are offered with just a few ingredients.

The charming bar offers [amazon_textlink asin=’154669546X’ text=’Margaritas’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’theyums-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5353f594-f65e-11e8-bee0-dba8b7e8e183′] on the rocks or frozen.  A selection of specialty craft cocktails is suggested, and beer and wine are offered.  The bar is clearly a contributing factor toward transforming the restaurant from a fast food tourist destination to a happy hour hang out or pre-concert dinner venue.

Thoughts: A Bajo Sexto is a Mexican instrument with 12 strings in 6 double courses.  It is the largest instrument in a Mariachi band. The clever name is appropriate for the location of the restaurant.  A full bar means this is more than just a taco shop.  A lunchtime cocktail is a vacation treat.  It is nice to be able to add a margarita or sangria to a taco order for a relaxing, music-filled afternoon.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available.  Take out is also available, and there are plenty of places around to have a picnic in a park, take a meal back to your hotel room, or sit on some steps and watch the hustle and bustle of the music making world.

Bajo Sexto Taco is better than fast food and less expensive than full-service dining. The restaurant is open around museum hours.

Price Range: $5-$14. $5 Daily drink specials. Happy Hour lasts all day long. The menu is reasonably priced for being in the center of a tourist town.

Victoria Hart

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