TACO BUS - ST. Pete

Florida / Feb. 17, 2012 / by Steven
TACO BUS - ST. Pete

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of selling food out of a vehicle. As a kid, my brothers and I would always beg my mom to stop and see if we could get Richie’s slushes in Wakefield, MA on the way home from errands. Every time she said yes we would press our noses against the car window, with our fingers crossed, as we pulled around the corner near the park praying to see the two-wheeled cooler cart. On days that it was there, we felt like we won the Super Bowl.

The food truck and other axel food delivery apparatuses have been around since about the 1950s and have become a staple for many communities throughout the US.  

Shows like Food Network’s, “The Great Food Truck Race” have helped spark a want to try a more creative and mobile type of food provider. The recent media surge around food trucks, as well as their trending “hipness”, have allowed for them to take the streets with force, some becoming Zagat rated.

For me, getting food from the side of a truck is an adventure I can experience in less than five minutes. I absolutely love it. 

If someone is selling food out of a truck, from morning till evening and doing it with a smile on their face, there must be love and passion in the food. Lots of love. And did I mention passion?

When we were in St. Pete, FL the guys from Swings Tampa Bay said we had to try out Taco Bus.

And without doubt, we did.

Taco Bus - St. Pete, FL

2324 Central Ave, St. Pete. 33712

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Taco Bus is the mecca of Mexican food in St. Pete. Even though the truck doesn’t seem to move around a lot, the food is still prepared and carried directly out the back.

At Taco Bus, the meat is king. According to our hanging friends, the Cochinita Pibil is the way to go.  It’s a shredded pork marinated in achiote and bitter orange, then wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted in a smoker. Apparently this is a recipe based on a 5000 year old Mayan recipe. If this is true, then the Mayans ate amazingly.

I chose the Burrito Preñado with the Cochinita Pibil as my meat of choice and topped it off with pineapple water. The burrito was one of the best I have ever had and I don’t know how the pineapple water is made in terms of water to pineapple ratio, but the people of Taco Bus get it just right. Refreshing.

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It is an awesome place to grab a bite and open 24 hours a day so there is never a chance you will go hungry if you are in the St. Pete area. Also, the food is super fresh and you are paying about the same or even cheaper than some fast food competitors.

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Plus, it’s good food from a truck. Need I say more?