#liveswanky on your phone

Swanky’s Taco Shop is proud to announce our new mobile app, launching this SWednesday, 8/20/2014.

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Pay with your phone even faster than we can build tacos AND earn rewards. Here’s a breakdown of some of the great features:

  • Mobile Payments
  • Loyalty Program
  • Online Ordering
  • Find locations nearest you
  • Keep Track of your purchases
  • View a Mobile Menu
  • Stay up to date with Swanky’s latest events and specials
  • Stay connected with Swanky’s on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Blog)

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Available for download via the App Store (iPhone) and on Google Play (Android), earn a $3.00 reward JUST for downloading the app! Use your reward right away on your first Mobile Transaction at any Swanky’s Taco Shop location.

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Upon download, create an account and link a credit/debit card to begin paying with your phone! To pay, simply scan your secure QR code during checkout. If you’re wanting to add a tip, be sure to do so before scanning. You’ll receive a receipt directly thru your app, as well as via email.

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With every transaction, earn real time rewards you can track directly thru your app.

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Spend $100 and automatically earn $8 in rewards to use on your next visit.

Are you a member of our current loyalty program? Migrate your unused points over to the app by entering your 14 digit RESPECT card number! For every 10 unused points on your current RESPECT card, you’ll receive $1 to spend on your app. With any unused reward dollars, be sure to redeem them using your RESPECT Card prior to December 31, 2014. Don’t know your RESPECT Card number? Email us directly at marketing@swankystacoshop.com.

Now, we just have one question. Have you downloaded the app, yet?

Click here to download from the App Store (iPhone). Click here to download from Google Play (Android).

#liveswanky

- Swanky’s Taco Shop

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