Maria Elva Resendiz & Santos Vega

La Estrellita Food Truck
3943 Nolensville Pike
Nashville , TN 37211

When it comes to food truck concepts, Nashville has its share of burgers, bao buns and pizzas. But for Maria Elva Resendiz and Santos Vega, the brother of Resendiz’s husband, the concept is as much about the kind of food as it is location.

Preparing the dishes they learned to make by watching their elders in their native Mexico, Maria Elva and Santos take their truck to construction sites around town to serve homemade tortillas for fajitas, chile rellenos and enchiladas to hungry workers. The business began in 2015, but the pair is in demand with site managers calling on the truck to visit projects across town.

Maria Elva and Santos are long-time Nashvillians arriving here in 2001 and 1995 respectively. Santos worked in a Mexican restaurant learning various aspects of the business while saving and borrowing money to buy their first truck. With their own business, the work is hard and rewarding; their prep time begins at two in the morning to prepare homemade tortillas to go with all the other dishes. Meanwhile, they’ve added a second truck to keep up with demand, driven by Maria Elva’s husband. They hope to someday open a stationary restaurant of their own.

Date of interview:

April 25, 2016

Interviewer:

Jennifer Justus

Photographer:

Emily B. Hall


There are a lot of people that want to have the food that’s more authentic and that has the authentic flavor, and that’s what we prepare. And it’s not something that’s measured out. It’s just by hand and something that is more original.

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