El Metate Mexican Restaurant


16952 Rankin Ave #4
Dunlap, Tennessee
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At El Metate Dunlap TN, located in the heart of Dunlap at 16952 Rankin Ave. El Metate is a family-owned, authentic Mexican restaurant located in Dunlap, Tennessee. They opened their doors in October 2006. Don’t let the fact that this place is located in a small town north of the border fool you, the food is cooked from scratch and stays true to original Mexican recipes. El Metate is definitely worth a try, you wont be sorry. Inside you will find it is pleasantly decorated and, most importantly, clean with friendly and helpful wait staff that speak fluent english. The dining area is large enough to accomodate many needs, whether you want a table or a booth and there is seating to accomodate large dinner parties.

On the menu, there is something for everyone whether you like steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian foods. I always love when I go to a Mexican restaurant and instead of only having Budweiser, there is also Mexican beer available. El Metate has a selection of Mexican beer – Dos Equis, Modelo, Pacifico – plus, a selection of Mexican soft drinks. The portion sizes are very large, you certainly get what you pay for in this case. You will probably end up having to take some home with you! A couple of other minor incentives include very clean and well maintained restrooms and a wide variety of payment options from cash to credit to the old fashioned paper check. If you want good mexican food and a good atmosphere, visit El Metate!


9332 Dayton Pike Suite 112
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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El Metate Soddy Daisy, located in the heart of Soddy Daisy at 9332 Dayton Pike, opened its doors in April of 2007. Manager, Jugo Gonzales, moved to Soddy Daisy with eight other employees from the Camino Real Group to open the new Mexican Restaurant. El Metate is part of a chain –but there is nothing chain – like in the range of menu items and attitude of the management.

Dinner could be anything from marinated grilled shrimp fajitas to milanesa, Mexican style country fried steak with rice and beans, tortillas, tomato, onions, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. Dessert might be sopapilla or xango, creamy cheesecake wrapped in a pastry tortilla lightly fried, sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with a choice of strawberry puree or chocolate syrup and served with ice cream. El Metate offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, but Mr. Gonzales said chicken is the biggest seller and the fajitas are a favorite. "All the fajitas are very good," he said. "Everything that comes off the grill is very good."

The name El Metate refers to the flat stone used to grind corn. Mr. Gonzales pointed out a painting of one on the restaurants' wall. There are a number of paintings that add to the restaurant's authentic feel. The booths have carved dividers and a wall with semicircle cutouts divides the restaurant. Both of these things make the restaurant look a little less like two combined spaces in a shopping center. Of course being in the shopping center and in one of the city's fastest-growing business areas gives it exposure.

"All we need is for people to know that we're here," he said. The Wal-Mart shopping center location helps with that, as do satisfied customers spreading the word."

"We're glad that they like our food," he said of the customers. "If they come in and don't see something on the menu -- if we've got the ingredients to make it, we'll make it or something similar."


14007 Highway 28
Whitwell, Tennessee
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At El Metate Whitwell TN, located in the heart of Whitwell at 14007 Hwy 28, you will enjoy piping hot, flavorful, authentic, and uniquely traditional Mexican fare that will make you scream, "Viva la México"! So whether you prefer your entree on the lighter side, with a medium kick, pretty darn spicy, or OMG..."firing my mouth up" HOT, everyone will agree...our southwestern style cuisine is unique, flavorful. And oh so "delicioso"!

Yes that's right, our food is not your normal "cookie cutter" Mexican and neither is our fantastic and committed service! Adrian and his dedicated and friendly staff take your dining experience very personal. So whether your a loyal local patron, or a first time visitor, you will be served with our highest quality, dedicated, and committed service. Wow, what more could you ask for? Well, stop by for happy hour (Sunday - Thursday, 3:00 - 8:00) and yes it could possibly get even better? Oh, and no need to worry "Mi Amigo", our food is also extremely affordable, whether at lunch or dinner. And "yes", we do have an affordable menu for the kids...those crazy little "Niños mexicanos". So what are you waiting for? Stop by El Metate now, and experience uncompromising levels of quality in delicious Mexican food, service, and Hispanic style ambiance.


1238 Taft Highway, Suite 124
Signal Mountain, TN
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El Metate is a family-owned, authentic Mexican restaurant located in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. They opened their doors in February 2013. Don’t let the fact that this place is located in a small town north of the border fool you, the food is cooked from scratch and stays true to original Mexican recipes. El Metate is definitely worth a try, you won’t be sorry. Inside you will find it is pleasantly decorated and, most importantly, clean with friendly and helpful wait staff that speaks fluent English. The dining area is large enough to accommodate many needs, whether you want a table or a booth and there is seating to accommodate large dinner parties. On the menu, there is something for everyone whether you like steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian foods. I always love when I go to a Mexican restaurant and instead of only having Budweiser, there is also Mexican beer available. El Metate has a selection of Mexican beer – Dos Equis, Modelo, Pacifico – plus, a selection of Mexican soft drinks. The portion sizes are very large, you certainly get what you pay for in this case. You will probably end up having to take some home with you! A couple of other minor incentives include very clean and well maintained restrooms and a wide variety of payment options from cash to credit to the old fashioned paper check. If you want good mexican food and a good atmosphere, visit El Metate!


5922 Hixson Pike
Hixson, Tennessee
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El Metate , located in the Creek Plantation Plaza at 5992 Hixson Pike, opened its doors in October 2009. This is the fourth location in the Chattanooga area for El Metate. Other locations are Dunlap, Whitwell, and Soddy – Daisy.

El Metate is a family-oriented Mexican restaurant, but there is also a full bar for adults. Happy Hour house margaritas are two for the price of one Monday through Thursday from 3-8 p.m. El Metate also offers lunch specials that alternate every day.

"Our restaurant is a place where you can get fresh Mexican cuisine, quickly and affordably,” said Jackie Onate, owner of El Metate. "It is a place for families and friends to meet and enjoy good food.”

For more information contact jackieonate@aol.com or call 423 842 1400







4221 Sam Walton Way
Knoxville, Tennessee
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 At El Metate in Knoxville, you will enjoy piping hot, flavorful, authentic, and uniquely traditional Mexican fare that will make you scream, "Viva la México"! So whether you prefer your entree on the lighter side, with a medium kick, pretty darn spicy, or OMG..."firing my mouth up" HOT, everyone will agree...our southwestern style cuisine is unique, flavorful. And oh so "delicioso"! Yes that's right, our food is not your normal "cookie cutter" Mexican and neither is our fantastic and committed service! Ricardo and his dedicated and friendly staff take your dining experience very personal. 

So whether your a loyal local patron, or a first time visitor, you will be served with our highest quality, dedicated, and committed service. Wow, what more could you ask for? Oh, and no need to worry "Mi Amigo", our food is also extremely affordable, whether at lunch or dinner. And "yes", we do have an affordable menu for the kids...those crazy little "Niños mexicanos". So what are you waiting for? Stop by Camino Real now, and experience uncompromising levels of quality in delicious Mexican food, service, and Hispanic style ambiance.