With a “build your own” style menu, tofu protein option and catalog of fresh vegetarian-friendly toppings, Taco Mama has claimed the Plainsman’s Choice award for best vegetarian food.
Inspired by his mother’s home-cooked meals made from vegetables grown in the family garden and “hole-in-the-wall taco and burrito shops” Will Haver had seen out West, Haver opened the first Taco Mama in 2011 in Mountain Brook, Alabama.
The restaurant was an immediate success, and Taco Mama now boasts 22 locations throughout Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Taco Mama in Auburn is located downtown, a half block down Magnolia from Toomer’s Corner. It has become a staple of Auburn dining for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
For vegetarian guests, aside from the “build your own” meal option, Taco Mama offers a vegetarian burrito basket called “The Tree Hugger” with cilantro-lime rice, black beans, roasted corn, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado and mild salsa ranchero.
They offer indoor and outdoor dining. The inside has an open feel and funky atmosphere complemented by hand-picked music. The lively ambiance of the restaurant overflows to the outside seating area, where guests sit under yellow umbrellas surrounded by small potted flowers.
“It all plays together: people, food, margaritas and atmosphere,” Haver said. “We are all about turning guests into friends and making them happy.”
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