This hole in the wall, fast serve Mexican restaurant has found immense success in the Tampa Bay area over the past few years. It all started with their first location, converted school bus on the side of Hillsborough Avenue, where Taco Bus owner, Rene Valenzuela, and his team cooked and served up a variety of quick and authentic Mexican cuisine including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more.
Last year, Taco Bus rode its wave of success into Downtown St. Petersburg where they opened a second, much more polished location in the heart of the city. Judging by the seemingly endless lines outside the Taco Bus during its first few weeks in St. Pete, this Tampa location will, in all probability, be just as much of a hot commodity as Taco Bus' previous locations.
Taco Bus even gained some national attention last September when Travel Channel host, Adam Richman visited Taco Bus for a segment of his television show, Man vs. Food Nation.
While the original Tampa and St. Petersburg locations boast kitchens in classic schoolbusses, the Downtown Tampa location will be Taco Bus' first brick and mortar location.
Taco Bus specializes in fresh, authentic Mexican fare served quickly and cheaply. Like many fast-casual Mexican restaurants, Taco Bus features a menu where you get your pick of meal and accompanying filling. Patrons can choose from tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas (Mexican sandwich), tostadas, or platters to start their meal before choosing from authentic fillings, which really make the menu.
Taco Bus fillings include Carne Asada (grilled steak), Barbacoa (braised beef), Lengua (beef tongue), and Cochinita Pibil - a 5,000 year old Mayan recipe with shredded pork marinated in Achiote and bitter orange, wrapped in banana leaves, then slow roasted in a smoker.