Uncle Julio’s is a Mexican restaurant that first opened up in Austin, TX. Now there are locations in Georgia, Illinois Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and now Tennessee! Their mission is to serve both unique and authentic Mexican food made from scratch and from only the freshest LOCAL ingredients. Since the day it opened there has been a buzz around Nashville that made it a MUST TRY for me! So, naturally… I made a reservation and went with a friend ASAP. 😉
Uncle Julio’s is located off of Franklin Road in Brentwood, Tennessee (only a 15 minute drive from downtown.) The atmosphere was immediately fun and inviting and was beautifully decorated. The bar looked like the place to be but my friend and I were right on time for our reservation and sat down right away. This really wasn’t an issue considering out waitress was terrific and knew a lot about Uncle Julio’s and their menu options. She patiently answered alllll of my foodie questions with ease. 🤓
As I skimmed through the menu I immediately spotted the margaritas first. Being a “fitfoodie” I try my hardest to find the best and healthiest options and sometimes, especially at Mexican restaurants, I tend to ignore the drink menu… but this one caught my eye. An Uncle Julio’s Skinny Margarita made with less sugar and only 120 calories. 🙌🏼 This drink was delicious and pretty paired with a fresh lemon. I loved the fact that their drinks are made with all natural ingredients and from scratch, not from a mix! Now THAT is my kind of drink. 💃🏼
Next on the menu I spotted the Table Side Guacamole. As an avocado lover, I take guac VERY seriously and the “Table Side” vs the basic guac was a must. A waiter comes to your table and makes the guacamole right in front of you! (might have been my favorite part of the night 😂) Of course, it was AMAZING and worth every bite. **Side note- If you ever have trouble with self control when it comes to chips and salsa/guac heres a little tip for ya! Take a handful of chips (maybe 6-8) and place them on your plate. Break them up and trick yourself into thinking you’re eating a whole basket if you have to. (Joking… Kind of) Also, take your time! Drink water and engage in conversation with whomever you are with! Don’t stress too much and definitely do not make yourself feel deprived ever.
For a main dish I ordered the grilled salmon served over a bed of shredded zucchini and carrots. My friend ordered the famous Chicken Fajita that came to the table sizzling hot and with corn tortillas (made in house and from scratch), black beans, and cilantro brown rice. Uncle Julio’s uses mesquite charcoal to grill up their fajitas and the quality is definitely one you can taste. So good!
By that point, we were stuffed but our wonderful waitress offered us the chocolate piñata on the house and how could we say no to that?! So (obviously) we did not. lol
This thing was HUGE! And when they say chocolate piñata they are NOT kidding. You literally get to hit this hanging ball with a stick and break it open to reveal the beautiful fresh fruit that they stuff inside. I would definitely reccomend this dessert if you are celebrating anything or with a large group because it is A LOT of piñata! I had the fresh fruit with a few dollops of their whipped cream (made in house and completely from scratch, of course.)
Overall I was SO happy with my first experience at Uncle Julio’s in Brentwood. I am sure that this restaurant will continue to get more and more popular (if that is even possible) and will be a Nashville favorite before we know it!