After working in eating places since age 14, Jose Morales felt it was time to open one among his personal. 

“It was an concept that simply popped out of nowhere after which the subsequent factor I knew, we have been getting back from Knoxville with an empty field truck about three or 4 years in the past,” Morales stated.

For 2 years Jose’s Kitchen operated as a meals truck. However his followers inspired him to open a restaurant, which he did in March 2019 at 721 President Place in Smyrna.

Morales stated a lot of the recipes have been created in his kitchen at dwelling. “Little by little” he crafted a scratch-made menu that may be a fusion of Mexican- and Asian-inspired cuisines, with dishes like steamed dumplings, tacos, burgers and wraps.

“I labored at Asian eating places and labored at Mexican eating places and I stated, ‘Let’s put them collectively and see what occurs,'” stated Morales, who was additionally impressed by his father, who was the cook dinner within the household.

Shrimp or fish tacos are made utilizing an Asian-inspired tempura batter. Then there’s tempura rooster or shrimp tossed in a spicy chipotle sauce. 

He is been engaged on some new recipes these days, too. Count on a brand new steak dish and Mexican egg rolls. Extra objects are within the take a look at part.

Just lately I went for the primary time with Kathy Ferrell, Smyrna’s public info officer and a widely known advocate of shopping for and consuming native.

I wished to strive a spot in Smyrna I might by no means been and she or he prompt Jose’s Kitchen, a favourite with employees at City Corridor, she stated. 

Getting to speak to Morales was a plus since he defined the inspiration behind the menu.

We began the meal with gyoza, that are steamed and fried pork dumplings. It was a tough decide, as a result of every little thing we had was nice. However this was my favourite factor on the menu. Candy and savory.

The most effective a part of the Mandarin salad was the ginger dressing, just like the facet salad you get at Japanese eating places or sushi bars. 

Kathy ordered one among her favourite menu objects, the chipotle wrap. It is made with chipotle rooster wrapped in a flour tortilla and served with candy potato fries.

“The chipotle wrap is the right mixture of smoky, delicate jalapeno with cilantro to steadiness the warmth,” she stated.

I made a decision to go along with an Asian dish, so I picked honey sake rooster. Just like candy and bitter rooster, this dish had a little bit spicy kick and it is made with chicken rooster chunks. 

Along with the blended menu, Jose’s Kitchen serves beer. Morales is engaged on getting a liquor license so he can serve combined drinks and wine.

In case you have a big social gathering, name forward and Jose’s Kitchen can accommodate.

Jose’s continues to function two meals vehicles, though the menu is a little bit smaller than the restaurant’s choices. Sustain with areas on

Take a look at Jose’s Kitchen on-line at or name 615-648-6133 for extra particulars or to make reservations for a big social gathering.


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