It’s no wonder tacos are one of our favorite foods. They are compact, hand-held and can be stuffed with just about anything your taste buds desire, from grilled pork to fish to sautéed squash. Celebrate Taco Tuesday by checking out some of Tampa Bay’s favorite taco spots.
California Tacos To Go
1450 Skipper Road
Tampa, FL 33618
You may have seen this award-winning shop on Food Network’s show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” There’s more than just beef in these mouth-watering tacos. You can choose from nine different fillings, including pork, fish and vegetarian, and then top them off with diced fresh vegetables, cheese, rice, beans and guacamole. If you’re going for the special, you can get three tacos for $3.
Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant
13731-37 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
Vallarta’s huge menu has just about anything you could want from an authentic Mexican restaurant – nachos, fajitas, chile relleno, taquitos, quesadillas and much more. All kinds of meats are served sizzling hot, including steak, chicken, chorizo and seafood. There is even a dessert menu that features house-made goodies like flan, sopapilla and fried ice cream. If you stop in on Taco Tuesday, you can get any kind of hard shell tacos for $.99 and soft shell tacos for $1.25.
17 3rd St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
There are more than just burritos to be found here. You can build your burrito, taco or quesadilla one layer at a time, starting with what kind of shell you want. Then you pick your filling from a choice of beef, chicken, steak, pulled pork, grilled fish or just veggies. Top it off however you like, with over a dozen toppings to choose from. If you’re searching for your next Taco Tuesday fix, the huge portions and low prices are exactly what you’re looking for.
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913 E. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
What started as a humble food truck has morphed into three bus-based locations and two full-fledged restaurants in the Tampa Bay area from Tampa to St. Petersburg. Its original location on Hillsborough Avenue is open 24 hours and customers can be seen waiting in line at any time of the day or night. These extremely flavorful tacos can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, including pollo verde (shredded chicken covered with tomatillo sauce), conchinita pibil (Mayan-style pork), tofu or even butternut squash. At $2.99 per taco, it’s a little pricier than some other places, but for the taste and quality, it is well worth the price.
TacoSon Authentic Mexican Grill
2510 22nd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
TacoSon is more than just tacos. Its chips and salsa and savory tamales are some of the best around and are very popular with regulars. But if it’s tacos you want, you can get a great selection, including carne asada, puerco asado, chicken and beef tongue. If you’re a vegetarian, TacoSon might be your best bet for meatless tacos. Forget hunks of boring tofu — vegetarian tacos are stuffed with black beans, rice, cheese, sour cream and colache, a filling made from stewed zucchini, onions, garlic and cilantro. Even die-hard carnivores will be blown away by these flavorful veggie creations. All tacos are $1.99 each.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.