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Cali-Mex Street Food, Drinks and Fun!
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3821 East Governor John Sevier Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37914

Our Story

Summer of 2013 my wife and I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Knoxville Tennessee with an idea for a Cali-Mex restaurant.  We had a very limited menu being that neither of us had experience in restaurants so we decided ultimately to give it a go with a food truck.  So the following summer we bought a very retro RV (a 1974 Starcraft Starcruiser to be exact) and built out the Retro Taco truck.  As the 13th registered truck in the Knoxville pilot program we were lucky enough to help shape what is now a booming food truck industry.  It was a really unique time in the industry that took our truck all over East Tennessee found often at the Market Square Farmer's Market and breweries around town, birthdays, weddings, festivals, church events, frat parties, gayla’s, homecomings, customer appreciations, and a whole sea of corporate lunches.  It was a good time but the urge to take it to another level was always there so in 2015 we took the leap and bought a dilapidated old service station in Strawberry Plains, which is now Retro Taco Restaurant and Bar.

The following spring, on Cinco de Mayo, we finally opened our doors with an expanded menu that today includes very original Americana/Cali-Mex fusion of tacos quesadillas, nachos, burritos, chimichangas, hot wings, loaded wedges, Mexican street corn, cheese curds, fried green tomatoes, and a lot of other goodies unique to our concept.  We also have an extensive beer list and often feature local craft breweries on tap and a full bar with potent margaritas.

Today we operate as a restaurant from 11 - 9, and a bar late into the evening with darts, pool, and cornhole.  Soon the back room will be open with more pool tables and back lawn seating, fire pit, and horseshoes.

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DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS

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Our $6.95 Daily
Lunch Specials!

Retro Taco has a lunch special daily, and on Wednesday you can choose from any of our the daily lunch  specials. 


MONDAY
Baja Burrito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ­ . . $6.95
Filled with your choice of beef, chicken, chorizo, or carnitas with black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream, roasted red pepper sauce, and shredded spiced cheese .

TUESDAY
(3) Retro Taco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.95
Hard shell corn tortilla filled with beef , lettuce, and cheese (with Roasted Red Pepper sauce).

WEDNESDAY
WildCard Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.95
Your choice of any of the weekday lunch specials

THURSDAY
Loaded Quesadilla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.95
XL flour tortilla with your choice of beef (Roasted Red Pepper sauce), chicken (Retro Green sauce), or chorizo loaded with cheese, tomato, onion, and sour cream.

FRIDAY
Mini Food Truck Nachos (Lunch protion) $6.95
Warm corn tortilla chips topped with your choice of beef or chicken, nacho cheese, shredded cheese, sour cream, black beans, and Pico de Gallo (with Retro Green sauce).

SATURDAY
(3) Chicken Tenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.95
Three ­­­­­­­­­­ Jumbo Breaded Chicken Tenders served with corn tortilla chips or fries.

­­All lunch specials include Chips,
Salsa and Soft Drink
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STARTERS

Retro Queso and Chips

Com tortilla chips served with a side of our in house special recipe queso — You won’t find this blend anywhere!

$4.95/$6.95 (w/chorizo)

Jalapeño Corn Poppers

Battered Mexican street com, jalapeños and spicy southwest cheese all bundled up! ­­­­Get ready for the ride!

$7.99

Mexican Street Corn

Diced Corn  with a Mexican flair, in a bowl ready to eat!

$1.99 
$4.99 (4)

French Fries/Potato Wedges

We have french fries and potato wedges. Ask for them loaded and it comes with cheese , sour cream, bacon, and cilantro.

$4.95/$7.95 (loaded)

Chicken Tenders

3 Jumbo Breaded Chicken Tenders served with  tortilla chips.

$6.99

Loaded Boneless Wings

6 or 12 Boneless wings topped with cheese, bacon, ranch and cilantro.

$7.99/$12.99

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Three cheese queso blend and chicken wrapped in com tortillas and smothered in buffalo sauce.

$6.99

Fried Pickle Spears

Breaded and fried pickle spears (with Boom Boom sauce).

Beer & Cheese Pretzels

Breaded and fried pickle spears (with Boom Boom sauce).

$6.99


$7.99


Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes with pickled red onion
and Boom Boom Sauce.

$7.49

 Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Served with Marinara Sauce or choose your own.

Chips & Spinach Dip

$7.49


$6.99

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NACHOS

­­Food Truck Nachos

Warm corn tortilla chips with your choice of beef or chicken, nacho cheese, shredded cheese, sour cream, black beans, and Pico de Gallo (with Retro Green sauce).

$9.95

Brisket Nachos

Warm com tortilla chips, queso cheese, jalapeños , Poppi's brisket, and Tennessee Moonshine BBQ sauce.

$9.95

Chorizo Nachos 

Warm com tortilla chips, queso cheese, black beans, chorizo, avocado, and Pico de Gallo (with Retro Green sauce).

$9.95

Young Amigos

Cheese Quesadilla

Flour tortilla filled with cheese • served with corn tortilla chips or fries.

$4.95

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Flour tortilla filled with black beans, and cheese, served with corn tortilla chips (with Roasted Red Pepper sauce) or fries.

$3.95

Mac and Cheese

Classic mac and cheese… or cheese and mac.

$3.95

Beef Soft Taco

Filled with beef, lettuce and cheese on soft flour tortilla.

$3.95

Chicken Tenders

2 Jumbo Breaded Chicken Tenders served with corn tortilla chips or fries.

$4.95

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Provided with apple sauce and french fries

$5.95

Poppi@Grill

Retro Taco’s Famous “Poppi’s” Brisket

( Our Brisket only available on Fridays & Saturdays...But well worth the wait!!)

Brisket Quesadilla  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .   .     $12.99

Poppi 's brisket and sautéed onions (with Moonshine BBQ sauce ).

Jalapeño Brisket Quesadilla   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .  .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   $11.99

Poppi's Brisket , sautéed jalapeño , and onions (with Mango Habanero sauce). 

Tennessee Moonshine Brisket Taco:    .    .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  $3.99 ea.

Poppi's brisket layered on our sweet slaw, and pickled red onion (with Moonshine BBQ sauce).

Jalapeño Brisket Taco:     .    .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   . $4.99 ea.

Poppi's Brisket , sautéed jalapeño , and onions (with Mango Habanero sauce).

Brisket Nachos .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .     $12.99

Warm com tortilla chips, queso cheese, jalapeños , Poppi's brisket, and Tennessee Moonshine BBQ sauce.

Brisket Swap  with other meat (ask Sever)    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .      add $2.49 

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Mix and Match Tacos

$3.99

You select how many and the mix among following offerings: 
 Carnitas Taco, Chorizo Taco, Street Taco, and Retro Fish Taco

Carnitas Taco:

Braised and simmered pork on a warm tortilla topped with onions (sautéed upon request), cilantro and fresh squeezed Lime Drizzle.

Street Taco:

Your choice of our secret seasoned beef or chicken on a warm corn tortilla dressed with freshly made Pico de Gallo.

Chorizo Taco:

Simmered chorizo on a pan seared corn tortilla topped with saucéed onions, tomato, and avocado.

Shrimp Taco:

Grilled seasoned shrimp with Pico de Gallo, avocado, and red cabbage.

Retro Fish Taco:

Blackened seasoned grilled flounder dressed with sweet chili slaw and sliced pickled red onion (with Boom Boom sauce).

Steak Fajita:

Carne Asada with sautéed peppers and onions.

Shrimp Fajita Taco:

Grilled seasoned shrimp with sautéed onions and peppers

Veggie Taco:

Avocado, Pico de Gallo, black beans, and fire grilled corn.

Classic Retro Taco - $2.99

Hard shell corn tortilla filled with beef , lettuce, and cheese (with Roasted Red Pepper sauce).


Salads and Vegetarian Options

Paleo Salad

our choice of beef, chicken , or carnitas with tomato, sweet onions, and cheese, tossed with roast red pepper sauce and ranch.

$7.99

Nacho Salad

Your choice of beef, chicken, carnitas, or chorizo with lettuce, Pico de Gallo, shredded cheese, refried beans, Roasted Red Pepper sauce, and tortilla chips. Choice of Sour Cream or Ranch Dressing.

$6.99

Tostada

Refried beans, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, lettuce, cheese, and Pico de Gallo on a crunchy corn tortilla,

Add avocado for . . . . $0.45

$3.99

Loaded Avocado Quesadilla

Cheese, onion, tomato, sour cream, and green sauce with avocado, all within an XL flour tortilla

For a vegetarian flare, avocado can replace
meat in any entrée. 

$9.49

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Cali Mex Street Food Specialties

Loaded Quesadilla

XL flour tortilla with cheese , steak, sautéed onions, and peppers with sour cream.


Steak Fajita Quesadilla

XL flour tortilla with your choice of beef (Roasted Red Pepper sauce), chicken (Retro Green sauce), or chorizo loaded with cheese, tomato, onion, and sour cream.

Retro Wings

A dozen Jumbo Chicken Wings tossed in your choice of sauce.

$9.45



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$11.99

Baja Burrito

Filled with your choice of beef, chicken, chorizo, or carnitas with black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream, roasted red pepper sauce, and shredded spiced cheese .

$8.49

B & C Burrito

Large flour tortilla stuffed with black beans, extra cheese, and sweet onions (HEAVY on our Roasted Red Pepper sauce). Choice of black beans or refried beans .

Retro Rice Bowl 

Rice, Black Beans, your choice of Queso, Beef, Chicken, Chorizo  or Carnitas..

$5.49





$7.49

Pico Burrito

Large flour tortilla with your choice of beef, chicken, carnitas, or Chorizo with avocado, quest cheese, beans and Pico de Gallo (with Cheesy Chipotle Lime sauce).

$8.49

Veggie Burrito

$8.49

Rice black beans, Pico de Gallo, Shredded cheese and Boom Boom sauce

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Libations

Mixed Drinks

Margarita , Bloody Mary, Pina Colada, and Cosmopolitan

$6.95

In House Specialties

Sunset Margarita, Starburst, Orange Mama , and Flying Fire

$7.95

Liquor 

$3.95 (wells), $4.95 (calls), $6.95 (top shelf)


Fun & Games

An evening with darts, pool, and cornhole. Back room with more pool tables and back lawn seating, fire pit, and horseshoes and music!

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Let us cater your next event!

Taco or Nacho Bar Ground Beef, Chicken
or Carnitas (Brisket, Steak & Chorizo, Extra)
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions,
Sour Cream, Cheese
Additional menu items available
at regular price.
We can also provide your event
with “White Glove” hospitality staffing,
Just let us know what
you need. Give us a call today!

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865.444.2138

Hours & Location

3821 East Governor John Sevier Hwy.
at the corner of
Strawberry Plains Pike
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11am - 9pm Monday -Thursday
11am - 10pm Friday & Saturday
After 9pm over 21 only

You can call in orders for pick-up...

865.444.2138

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