Local Eats: Taco Bus
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When I first had Taco Bus I was told it didn’t really count, that it didn’t measure up to the real thing. Which is saying something because my first time wasn’t all too bad. I had been at a friends wedding where they catered, pulled up in a short, bright yellow bus. Yes, they take their name seriously! And that was two years ago!
So after picking up another friend from the airport, I finally got to experience the REAL deal after hearing so much about it. And I wasn’t disappointed. After I pulled in, I was pleased to see not one, but two buses making up a charming little courtyard. Most of the seating is outside, but they did also have an indoor dining room if the weather is not so agreeable, and let’s face it, in Florida thunderstorms are a daily summer afternoon occurrence. Luckily for us, the sun was just peeking out from behind the remnants of one such storm and we got to enjoy the humid heat while Latino music filled the air.
Ordering was easy, with a nice step-by-step menu where you can choose from tacos, burritos, and other light Mexican fare. And best of all, besides the yumminess, is how affordable it is. I think only one or two items break the $10 barrier.
I wanted to get the full Taco Bus experience, so I got the tacos of course! The beef tacos to be exact, minus cilantro because that stuff tastes like soap to me. You can get all the toppings or none at all. (I foolishly forgot to add cheese to mine.) And their hot sauce is HOT and not for the faint of heart. I learned that the hard way after pouring it all over one of the tacos, my mouth was on fire! I like spice, but it was a little too much for me.
For an additional $2.50 more you can make it a combo that comes with two sides of rice and refried beans and a drink. While everything was delicious, I was surprised to find that the beans were my favorite. They were that good! The whole dish wasn’t too filling, so if you are super hungry, you’ll have to order more, which isn’t a bad thing here.
So if you are in the Tampa Bay area, I would highly recommend this unique and delicious spot.
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