Before visiting a new place, I consult my usual travel guide. No, I’m not talking about Fodor’s or Frommer’s, I’m talking about Food Network’s website for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” So, naturally, when traveling to Tampa this past weekend, I did my proper research.
While sifting through Guy’s recommendations, I noticed the usual suspects: brewing companies, diners (shocking!), and bars. I thought my search was hopeless until I caught an episode late at night during a D.D.D. marathon. It was on this episode that I learned about Tampa’s well known taco stand. However, this taco stand wasn’t your typical fast food destination on wheels. It’s located in a 35 ft. yellow school bus. My heart skipped a beat. I knew I had to visit this place which I imagined to be magical, wonderful, and filled with delicious goodness.
So there I was on Friday night standing in front of the infamous Taco Bus, mouth agape at the choices in front of me. Not only does the Taco Bus give you about 15 different fillings to choose from, but they also give you 8 different concoctions to choose from. If I remembered how to do probability I would give you a hard number, but instead my approximation leaves you at least a gazillion options to choose from. Naturally, I went for the namesake and got two chicken tacos. After waiting like a kid on Christmas, my tacos arrived.
The Taco Bus also gives you 2 sauces to choose from, mild or hot. Always loving an extra kick, I went for the green sauce. To my standards, it wasn’t even that spicy (although I have been told on occasion that my tastebuds are normally big fat liars and anything I think is mild is usually too hot to handle- so be warned). As I bit into the taco, I realized my life would be forever changed. These authentic little filled tortillas were absolutely delicious. And don’t worry Authentic Police… these are the real deal, using fresh ingredients like tomatoes, red onion, and cabbage.
Now some may argue that the Taco Bus should be reserved for the late night munchie cravings that come after a night of drinking, but you have my word, you will not be disappointed no matter what time you go. This is definitely Renegade Chick approved (which is waaaaaaay more valuable than Guy Fieri approved)!