How many tacos can you eat?

Cinco De Mayo is all about eating, drinking and being merry with your friends and family in a fun atmosphere. And tequila, obviously. We definitely can’t argue with that. But here at Swanky’s Taco Shop, we like to mix it up a bit. This year, we are challenging each of our guests to participate in one of our many TACO EATING CONTESTS!

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In order to #liveswanky during these rigorous events, here are a few tips to help with your success:

  1. Don’t starve yourself beforehand! You need your stomach to expand to its fullest capacity, so not eating will only make it shrink. This is the enemy of all eating contests!
  2. It’s all mental, so keep your head in the game. Ignore the signals that your brain is sending to your stomach about being full. Your brain is lying.
  3. Speaking of pain, your jaw is going to hurt. Ease the pain by dipping your tacos in queso to help them slide down your gullet a little easier.
  4. Decide what you want your eating pace to be and stick with it! Just like running, you must not start out too fast or you’ll get burnt out quickly. Again, keep your head in the game!
  5. Chew your food just enough to mash it up and then swallow it quickly. This isn’t the time to enjoy the taste of our delicious tacos, unfortunately. Save that for later.
  6. Finally, expect to feel sick afterwards. Whether you win or lose, your adrenaline will die down and you will want to yack. Try not to, but we have trash cans there for you if you need them. Swanky’s has your back.

Now that you know what to expect, here’s the rundown of each of Swanky’s Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contests:

Franklin location Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contest (1175 Meridian Blvd, Set 106, Franklin, TN, 37067):

  • Begins at 8 PM
  • Cost $20 (includes FREE Cinco t-shirt).
  • Sign ups begin May 5th, 2014 @ 11 A.M.
  • Eat 20 hard shell tacos as fast as you can. Maximum time allowed: 2 1/2 minutes.
  • WINNER is the guest who eats the most tacos in the 2 1/2 minute period or the guest who finishes all 20 tacos the fastest.
  • WINNER receives a $100 gift card to Swanky’s Taco Shop!
  • RSVP to the Franklin Cinco de Mayo Event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428823224034997/ (and feel free to invite your friends).

East Memphis location Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Relay (4770 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38117):

  • Begins at 6:30 PM
  • Cost $20 per team (includes 2 FREE Cinco t-shirts).
  • Sign ups begin May 5th, 2014 @ 11 A.M.
  • Choose a partner for this team relay.
  • Team Member #1 builds tacos as fast as he/she can. Team Member #2 eats said tacos as fast as he/she can.
  • Time allotted is 10 minutes. The team who builds and eats the most tacos during the contest will be declared the winner.
  • WINNER receives a $100 gift card to Swanky’s Taco Shop!
  • RSVP to the East Memphis Cinco de Mayo Event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/622666084487050/ (and feel free to invite your friends).

Southaven location Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contest (7111 Southcrest Pkwy Southaven, MS, 38671):

  • Begins at 5 PM
  • Chalupacabra Taco Eating CONTEST!
  • Cost $20 (includes FREE Cinco t-shirt).
  • Sign ups begin May 5th, 2014 @ 11 A.M.
  • Eat our 3.5+ lb. (pictured below) Chalupacabra taco with a shot of Swanky’s signature hot sauce…in under 10 minutes!
  • WINNER is the guest who eats the entire taco the quickest OR who eats the MOST of the taco in the allotted time.
  • WINNER receives a $100 Swanky’s Taco Shop gift card!
  • RSVP to the Southaven Cinco de Mayo Event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/621968414562959/ (and feel free to invite your friends).

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Good luck with the tacos. Prepare your stomach and we’ll see you on Monday, May 5th.

#liveswanky

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

full cinco de mayo event details

It’s Cinco time again.

Where will you be on Monday, May 5th? Or, should we say…at which Swanky’s Taco Shop location will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Regardless of your location choice, we have lots planned so you can enjoy a Cinco de Mayo party in East Memphis, Germantown, Southaven or Franklin!

First up, we’ll have our popular “I’d hit that” design back for our Cinco de Mayo t-shirts this year. With “Cinco” dollars off…they’ll be only $10 at each location on Monday, 5/5/14. Supplies are limited, so be sure to snap yours up right away.

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Get your Cinco de Mayo drink on with $3 Dos Equis pints at each location…with FREE special custom pint glasses while supplies last.

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In addition to more store specific margarita specials, every location will be serving Swanky’s signature house margaritas for just $4 each…on the rocks OR frozen. Your choice!

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And don’t forget the Cinco de Mayo catering options! With Cinco de Mayo on a Monday this year, it’s a perfect day to bring Cinco festivities to your office or home. We’re even offering a “Cinco” percent off (5%) all orders for Monday, 5/5/14…so place your order now  so you can enjoy Cinco de Mayo without leaving your home or work! For a full catering menu, visit our website here.

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Now, let’s break it down by location (click on the location to RSVP on Facebook and/or invite your friends to the event).

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Franklin, TN, with these specials:

  • Franklin Cinco de Mayo Drink Specials:
    • $3 Dos XX Lager/Amber pints (free glasses while supplies last)
    • $4 House Margaritas (or 2 for $6)
    • $5 El Jimador margaritas (or 2 for $7)
  • Franklin Cinco de Mayo Shot Specials:
    • $3 Jose Cuervo Cinge & Habanero Tequila
    • $4 El Jimador Tequila & Fireball
    • $5 Jack Daniels Fire
  • Franklin Cinco de Mayo LIVE Music Line-up:
  • Other Franklin Cinco de Mayo Highlights:
    • Taco eating CONTEST!
      • Cost $20 (includes FREE Cinco t-shirt)
      • Sign up begins May 5th, at 11:00 AM
      • Eat 20 hard shell tacos in 2 1/2 minutes, as fast as you can!
      • WINNER is the guest who eats the most tacos in the 2 1/2 minute period or the guest who finishes all 20 tacos the fastest.
      • WINNER receives a $100 gift card to Swanky’s Taco Shop!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in East Memphis with these specials:

  • East Memphis Cinco de Mayo Drink Specials:
    • $5 Backwoods Punch
    • $4 House Margaritas
    • $3 Dos XX pints (free glasses while supplies last)
    • $3 Tecate cans
    • $8 Patron Margaritas
  • East Memphis Cinco de Mayo Shot Specials:
    • $3 Jose Cuervo Cinge
    • $4 Fireball
    • $6 Patron Tequila
  • East Memphis Cinco de Mayo LIVE Music Line-up:
    • DJ Super Brad, 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Super 5, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Other East Memphis Cinco de Mayo Highlights:
    • Taco Eating Relay:
      • Cost $20 per team (includes 2 FREE Cinco t-shirts)
      • Sign up begins May 5th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
      • Choose a partner for this team relay…Team Member #1 builds tacos as fast as he/she can. Team Member #2 eats the tacos as fast as he/she can.
      • Time allotted is 10 minutes. The team who builds and eats the most tacos during the contest will be declared the winner.
      • WINNER receives a $100 gift card to Swanky’s Taco Shop!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Germantown with these specials:

  • Germantown Cinco de Mayo Drink Specials:
    • $4 House Margaritas
    • $3 Dos XX pints (free glasses while supplies last)
    • $3 Tecate cans
    • $8 Patron Margaritas
  • Germantown Cinco de Mayo Shot Specials:
    • $3 Jose Cuervo
    • $4 Fireball
    • $6 Patron Tequila
  • Germantown Cinco de Mayo LIVE Music Line-up:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Southaven, MS, with these specials:

  • Southaven Cinco de Mayo Drink Specials:
    • $4 House Margaritas
    • $3 Dos XX pints (free glasses while supplies last)
    • $3 Tecate cans
    • $8 Patron Margaritas
  • Southaven Cinco de Mayo Shot Specials:
    • $3 Jose Cuervo
    • $4 Fireball
    • $6 Patron Tequila
  • Southaven Cinco de Mayo LIVE Music Line-up:
  • Other Soutahven Cinco de Mayo Highlights:
    • Chalupacabra Taco Eating CONTEST!
      • Cost $20 (includes FREE Cinco t-shirt)
      • Sign up begins May 5th, at 11:00 AM
      • Eat our 3.5+ lb. Chalupacabra taco with a shot of Swanky’s signature hot sauce…in under 10 minutes!
      • WINNER is the guest who eats the entire taco the quickest OR who eats the MOST of the taco in the allotted time.
      • WINNER receives a $100 Swanky’s Taco Shop gift card!

Don’t believe such a large taco exists? Check out below for footage from last year’s first Chalupacabra Contest at our East Memphis location. Amazing? Pretty much.

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We hope to see everyone at a Swanky’s Taco Shop location for Cinco de Mayo this year…whether it be East MemphisGermantownSouthaven or Franklin! And, we couldn’t throw these awesome events without a little help from our sponsors. A special thank you to Dos EquisTecate and Patron Tequila for their generous support!

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Check back next week for Cinco updates on the blog…including a special infographic on how to shoot tequila like a pro.

#liveswanky

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

how to eat crawfish

…like a pro.

Swanky’s Taco Shop in East Memphis (Poplar/Colonial) is having their 2nd annual Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

  • ALL YOU CAN EAT for $25
  • OR purchase a single plate for $15
  • All plates include potatoes and corn
  • Crawfish starts flowing at 11 am…until it runs out
  • Saturday only…NEW cocktails for $4: Backwoods Punch & White Sangria
  • RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE

Even with all the crawfish festivals and events going on around the Memphis area these days, it’s surprising how many people have no idea of the proper way to eat Crawfish. So you don’t feel silly this Saturday, we put together an infographic to make sure you’re prepared. Check it out & feel free to share (click to zoom):

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See you all there on Saturday!

#liveswanky

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

happy birthday to Choose901

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Choose901 is turning two this month. To celebrate, we’re holding a birthday party this Wednesday, March 26th, at our East Memphis location (Poplar/Colonial).

Choose901 is not an organization, it’s a movement. A movement of people that live out their passion for Memphis year round. We are excited to mark a day each year to gather and celebrate that passion.
- John Carroll, Choose901, Executive Director

We’ll have some specials on hand to celebrate the occasion:

  • Choose901 stickers to all guests.
  • BBQ tacos are coming back…for ONE day only! They’ll be marked down to $9.01 for the day, as a tribute to Choose901 and will be served with a side of mixed vegetables and mexican street corn.

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  • PINT NIGHT all day…$3 pints w/FREE custom Memphis pint glasses. We have a limited supply…so first come, first serve!

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Having been locally owned and operated since 2005, Swanky’s Taco Shop seemed an ideal partner for this event.

We were so excited when Choose901 reached out to us about hosting their 2nd birthday. Swanky’s is proud to have started right here in Memphis and jumped at the opportunity to partner with someone who encourages others to invest in all the great things our city has to offer.
- Lindsey Archer, Swanky’s Taco Shop, Director of Marketing

Two years in, Choose901 is just getting started. Stop by Swanky’s this Wednesday to tell us why YOU Choose901. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook here.

-live swanky

Cinco de Mayo Festivities – Memphis & Franklin

It’s officially only one day until Cinco de Mayo weekend begins at Swanky’s Taco Shop.

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One day until Swanky’s Taco Shop gets to celebrate its favorite holiday of the year. One day until we get to break out THESE Swanky’s koozies. One day until we get to drink Patrón margaritas on the patio while simultaneously listening to some amazing LIVE music and watching fellow guests attempt to eat a 3.5 lb. Chalupacabra taco. One day until THESE “I’d Hit That” t-shirts go on sale.

East Memphis.

Germantown.

Franklin.

Are you ready for this?

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We have a weekend full of festivities planned for all three of our Swanky’s Taco Shop locations.

First up, we have our East Memphis Swanky’s, located at Poplar & Colonial. We’ll be kicking the Cinco de Mayo festivities off on Saturday, May 4th, with the premiere  Chalupacabra taco eating contest at 1:00 pm. Come early, grab a seat on the patio—or under the Cinco tent—and watch fellow guests attempt to finish off a 3.5 lb. taco, served up special for this event only. We’ll be giving out a $100 Swanky’s Gift Card to the first place winner.

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The 3.5 lb. taco is layered with 2 lbs. of ground beef, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo & sour cream and comes accompanied by a shot of Swanky’s signature habanero Sauce. Download a pdf of the official rules and entry form HERE. To enter, turn the entry form in at the restaurant before Saturday, May 4th.

Following the taco eating contest at East Memphis, we have a full line-up of LIVE music at our Poplar/Colonial location:

  • Charvey, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Speedway Baptist, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • WALRUS, 8:30 pm

The Memphis Cinco de Mayo party continues into Sunday at our Germantown (Poplar/Kirby) location with another day full of LIVE music on May 5th:

At both Memphis locations (East Memphis & Germantown), we’ll be serving up special Patrón margaritas, as well as our signature house margaritas.

Available at all three locations will be $3.50 Pacifico draught beers, as well as “I’d Hit That” T-shirts and other Swanky’s Taco Shop Swag. Need to see those “I’d Hit That” T-shirts agin? No problem.

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We’ll also be partying hard on Saturday, May 4th at our Franklin (CoolSprings) location. Franklin will be having their own Chalupacabra taco eating contest at 2:00 pm. CLICK HERE for a PDF of Franklin’s rules and entry form. Following the taco contest, we also have a full music line-up, starting at 3:00 pm.

All of this Cinco de Mayo awesomeness begins Saturday, May 4th. Grab your sombrero. Get ready.

For any questions regarding our Cinco festivities, you can email us at marketing @ swankystacoshop [dot] com. We hope to see you there!

- swanky’s taco shop

All You Can Eat Crawfish

It’s April, which means Crawfish season is officially upon us. There are tons of crawfish events all over Memphis this month, including at Swanky’s Taco Shop.

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That’s right. This TN-Mex™ restaurant is going full New Orleans style this Saturday, April 20th, at our East Memphis (Poplar/Colonial) location (visit the Facebook event here).

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Fresh crawfish is being driven straight from New Orleans to our East Memphis patio—just for this occasion. It’ll then be cooked up by Swanky’s own New Orleans Crawfish Expert, Mark Jaunet. How much? Only $18.00 for ALL YOU CAN EAT crawfish.

We’ll also have some LIVE music on hand and the forecast is set for 67°F and sunny. So, PERFECT for hanging out on a Memphis patio. Swanky’s Taco Shop’s premiere Crawfish Boil is kicking off at 1:00 pm. See you Saturday.

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

February Music Line-up

February is the month of love. You know what WE love? LIVE music.

What chips are to salsa…what tequila is to limes…what RESPECT is to margaritas…music is to Swanky’s Taco Shop!

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Memphis has some of the best local bands of any city, as well as so many great venues to listen to that great music. At Swanky’s Taco Shop, we’re excited to have two of those wonderful bands playing at our locations this February.

First up, we have Chris Allen & The Metrognomes playing at our Germantown (Poplar/Kirby) location on Friday, February 15th. No cover, LIVE music starts at 10:00 pm!

Also on Friday, February 15th, on the other end of Poplar Ave at our East Memphis Location (Poplar/Colonial), WALRUS will start rocking at 9:30 pm.

So, whether you’re in Germantown or East Memphis, come show us a little love after Valentine’s Day and enjoy two talented Memphis bands!

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

Super Bowl 2013 Catering

Wishing you could be headed to New Orleans to watch the San Francisco 49ers square off against the Baltimore Ravens for Super Bowl 2013? Memphis & Franklin…we do, too. Do you know what would make up for not being there in person? Adding some Swanky’s Taco Shop to your Super Bowl 2013 Catering menu.

While you’re busy finding that perfect jersey to wear for your Super Bowl party, let Swanky’s Taco Shop take care of the food.

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If you’re running low on Super Bowl recipes this year, Swanky’s is bringing back the nacho bar just for Super Bowl XLVII. For only $8 a person, Swanky’s nacho bar comes complete with:

  • ground beef
  • shredded chicken
  • mexican cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • pico de gallo
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos
  • salsa
  • queso
  • chips

Going potluck this year? Looking for some appetizers or hors d’oeuvres to make your party planning easier? Have you tried our mini chimichangas?

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Flour tortillas filled with chorizo and cheese, served with roasted garlic sauce. Our mini chimis make the perfect addition to any Super Bowl party. Plus, if you squint a little, they kind of look like little mini footballs, right?*

A quick and easy Super Bowl appetizer that is guaranteed to please is our Tequila Lime Shrimp, sautéed with tequila and fresh lime juice, finished with a touch of cayenne pepper.

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Another starter to try from Swanky’s Catering Menu would be our latin wontons—wontons stuffed with chorizo, cheese & tomatillo sauce and served with our roasted garlic sauce.

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Come Sunday, February 3rd, we know the teams who will be vying for that trophy—the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The only question that remains is where you’re going to get great food to accompany your team’s victory. So, whether you’re looking for a full nacho bar spread, or just a few quick appetizers to add to your Super Bowl 2013 Party Menu, don’t forget about Swanky’s Taco Shop in Memphis and Franklin.

Plus, ordering catering just got easier! You can now ORDER ONLINE with just 24 hours notice. Swanky’s will even deliver your catering as long as you meet the $150 minimum. For our full catering menu, you can visit our website here, or click to download a full printable PDF here.

If you have any additional questions, or to place your order by phone, here are the contact numbers for our three locations:

  • Germantown (Poplar/Kirby): (901) 737-2088
  • East Memphis (Poplar/Colonial): (901) 730-0763
  • Franklin (CoolSprings): (615) 636-3575

Good luck to both the 49ers and the Ravens. We’ll be rooting for whoever wins :)

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

*Swanky’s does not condone the throwing of mini chimis.

November Music Line-up

It’s the beginning of the month…which means it’s time to announce November’s LIVE music line-up at Swanky’s.

Take a break from the Turkey and holiday shopping this month with some LIVE music.

Here’s who we have playing at our Germantown location (Poplar/Kirby) this month:

Want something to listen to in East Memphis? Catch the band at our Poplar/Colonial location this month:

Which band will you be coming to see? See you soon!

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

Playing Dead

It’s time. Day of the Dead time.

We’ve got parties going on at all three locations, so there’s a place for everyone to come together and help us celebrate the Mexican Holiday.

First up is tonight’s party at our Franklin/CoolSprings restaurant.

That’s right. Tonight in Franklin, celebrate with us, Team Green Adventures and Lightning 100 as we honor the dead. We’ll have a Corn-Hole Tournament starting at 8:00 pm. Also, $3.50 Dos Equis drafts from Thursday thru Sunday. Live in the Nashville area? There’s no excuse to NOT celebrate Day of the Dead with us!

Next up is our Germantown location’s party tomorrow night (Poplar/Kirby), Friday, October 26th.

It’s going to be a pretty spicy night, with giveaways and LIVE Memphis music from Chris Allen and The Metrognomes from 8 pm to 1 am. For more information, visit the Event’s Facebook page. Germantown, come Eat, Drink & Play Dead with us!

Last, but definitely not least, we have tomorrow’s East Memphis event at our Poplar/Colonial location, also Friday, October 26th.

Join us as WALRUS and The Dirty Horns play Dead. LIVE Memphis Music starts at 9:00 pm tomorrow night. And feel free to come to the party in costume…there WILL be prizes for the best costumes! For more information, you can visit the Event’s Facebook page.

All in all, it’s going to be a great weekend spent commemorating a celebration whose origin can be traced back to Mexico’s indigenous pagan cultures. Whether you’re in Franklin or the Memphis area, there’s no excuse to miss out on our Day of the Dead Parties. Be sure to take pictures and Tweet them to us, or post them to our Facebook page. We want to see you having fun!

So, the only question we’ll leave you with is…which party will you be attending?

- Swanky’s Taco Shop