These days it seems like you can’t go wrong with Mexican food. There are so many ways in which you can spin a dish to have a Mexican flare, and with the help of worldwide chains like Chipotle, Qdoba and Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mexican/tex mex food is reaching new heights! Some of these major food establishments have locations worldwide based on their tremendous success. Just to give you an idea of success, Chipotle became a publicly traded company in 2006, with a share price of $42. In August of 2015, almost 10 years later, the stock price was valued at $750! Talk about a huge upside (Chipotle’s current stock price is $461).
Enough with Chipotle and the other leading brands, the point of this post is to highlight a smaller player unlike the brick and mortar restaurants mentioned above. Let’s cut to the chase and talk about Taco Bus, a delicious Tampa Bay restaurant on wheels! Taco Bus has locations in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Downtown Tampa, Brandon, University of South Florida, Soho and Lakeland. Taco Bus offers what you’d come to expect from a Mexican restaurant or taqueria: burritos, tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, tortas and more. Widely popular in the Tampa area, Taco Bus has been featured on two major food TV shows in Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri and Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation with Adam Richman.
During Guy Fieri’s visit to the bus, he tried chicharron tacos, butternut squash tacos and a chilorio torta. For those who may be unfamiliar with what a torta is, it’s simply a Mexican sandwich. Taco Bus makes their torta with pulled pork in an ancho pepper sauce with roasted garlic, refried beans, and cheese. On the television show, Guy remarked after having the sandwich that it was the best he’s ever had. For such a prominent TV star who’s visited thousands of food establishments, and being from California (a Mexican food haven), Guy’s comment is saying a lot!
On Man v. Food Nation, Adam Richman and Taco Bus owner, Rene Valenzuela, together made a beef kabob taco. Traditionally served as a shish-kabob, Taco Bus makes a unique play on the dish serving it up taco-style. On the show, Adam Richman said “the flavors are gigantic and unbelievable” and he doesn’t often have a taco that brings bacon and sirloin together.
If you’re looking for a quick eat and bold, fresh flavors, and happen to be in the Tampa Bay area, look no further than Taco Bus! To check out their main site head here, and if you like’d to get your mouth watering, check out the menu here.