Hungry for Asian food? Mexican? Smyrna restaurant Jose’s Kitchen has both

After working in restaurants since age 14, Jose Morales felt it was time to open one of his own.  “It was an idea that just popped out of nowhere and then the next thing I knew, we were coming back from Knoxville with an empty box truck about three or […]

After working in restaurants since age 14, Jose Morales felt it was time to open one of his own. 

“It was an idea that just popped out of nowhere and then the next thing I knew, we were coming back from Knoxville with an empty box truck about three or four years ago,” Morales said.

For two years Jose’s Kitchen operated as a food truck. But his fans encouraged him to open a restaurant, which he did in March 2019 at 721 President Place in Smyrna.

Morales said most of the recipes were created in his kitchen at home. “Little by little” he crafted a scratch-made menu that is a fusion of Mexican- and Asian-inspired cuisines, with dishes like steamed dumplings, tacos, burgers and wraps.

Kathy Ferrell, public information officer for the town of Smyrna, was guest diner for The Daily News Journal's review of Jose's Kitchen, which serves a blend of Asian and Latin-inspired dishes.

“I worked at Asian restaurants and worked at Mexican restaurants and I said, ‘Let’s put them together and see what happens,'” said Morales, who was also inspired by his father, who was the cook in the family.

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

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