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Taco Bus, St. Pete?

I thought I read in the paper that the famed Taco Bus from Tampa was going to open one over by the trop in St. Pete. I was wondering did I imagine this? And if not does anyone have any info?

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  1. Last I heard, it's happening. I spoke with Rene (owner) at the refinery about a month ago and we talked about it briefly, I think it's still game on.

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    1. Definitely still on. Spoke with Rene and one of his partners over the last few days. They are looking at Nov. opening, if the powers that be allow.

      1. i friggen love Taco Bus. i work down the street, on the night shift. they're open 24/7. i've treated the whole night shift staff to dinner there, and handed out their menus. oh seriously. that veggie one with corn....oooooohhhhh and the butternut squash tostada..... ooohhh i'm quivering now. just quivering, i tell ya. YES YES YES!!!

        1. ahhhhhhhhh. now all i need is a cigarette. and i don't even smoke. ;)

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          1. re: Manderley

            Saw this article about the new Taco Bus in the "New Roots News" (a St. Pete paper). Can't wait to try it!
            http://newrootsnews.org/viewNews.cfm?...

          2. just tried the Taco Bus for the first time in Tampa, awesome.Had a fish taco and thought it was great, The green salsa they serve blew me away, I'm still sweating. My wife is a vegan and had the tofu taco, she loved it. Bit of a hike from Palm Harbor but well worth it, going back next week.

            1. I just tried to go to the St. Pete Taco Bus yesterday... but couldn't find it. Circled around twice, is that thing hidden?

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              1. re: ambroziak

                Is it open? If you are heading east on Central I think it is just past Haslams on the right.. Last time I was over there it didn't look open. Does anyone have an update??

                1. re: juli5122

                  They're shooting to open Jan. 15, 2324 Central Avenue.

                  1. re: Tom Scherberger

                    aw man, last i had heard it was supposed to open in November, that's what i get for assuming.

                          1. re: Tom Scherberger

                            Great news. And like the article says, Valentine's Day is perfect timing! Feel the love!

                            1. re: Tom Scherberger

                              Yea, I am working downtown on Monday so I will be there. Thanks for keeping us updated.

                    1. re: juli5122

                      Taco Bus is across the street from the Gemini Lounge, on the site of the old Carbiz Auto Credit building, which is on the south side of Central. Haslam's is on the north side of the street, a few blocks east of there. Counting the days!

                  2. I finally got to try it! Sadly I was really disappointed. I tried 4 different tacos and they all tasted the same, no flavor and very dry. Oh well, maybe someday Saint Pete will have a decent taco, but by then I'll probably be back living in California.

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                    1. re: ambroziak

                      You mean to tell me you can't find a decent taco in Pinellas County? Have you searched these boards? There's a wealth of suggestions in Clearwater and St. Pete.

                      1. re: andy huse

                        Haven't been to one yet! Seems like most suggestions are in clearwater or tampa and i'm in pinellas point, usually don't feel like driving after work unless its for something really special. I was just hoping for some tacos that were close by and better than red mesa. Maybe i'm just too picky and should stick to making my own. Though i'll really need a tortilla press then because smashing them flat with a pot is too much work.

                        1. re: ambroziak

                          Well there is a little Mexican grocery but that's up in Clearwater, Ranchito de Pepe IIRC. If you want very authentic ethnic food, be prepared to drive my friend.

                          Plus you live about 5-10 minutes from Peg's Cantina, Cappy's, etc, etc so you can't complain about location ;)

                          1. re: askdrtodd

                            your pictures of the place look good, i'll have to try it if i ever get up that way.

                          2. re: ambroziak

                            Have you been to Agave on St Pete Beach? They have great tacos, my favorites the barbacoa and la lengua. Not too far from Pinellas Point but worth the drive.

                        2. re: ambroziak

                          Have you tried El Toro Negro on 54th ave north in St. Pete? I thought they were great. Although my "go to" item is not the tacos, but the sopes.

                          http://www.eltoronegromexicanrestaura...

                          1. re: joan

                            Just tried El Toro Negro last night, and it was great! The lady and I are relieved. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

                            1. re: ambroziak

                              Woo Hoo! You're welcome - so glad you enjoyed it.

                          2. re: ambroziak

                            Bummer, so far yours is the first negative response I have heard. In Clearwater La Cabaña Del Tio is pretty legit with great tacos al pastor and tacos lingua made with fresh handmade tortillas. If Clearwater is too far and the Taco Bus isn't up to par I guess you will be: "Goin back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali, I don't think so."

                            1. re: juli5122

                              Just had lunch there and I can confirm--very good tortillas. Excellent mild salsa and tacos de carnitas, chicken. However, this is not a glamorous place. At all. So if you are a Howard Hughes-type, avoid it. The tortillas are beautiful.

                          3. Just tried the new Taco Bus. Opened recently on Central Ave. Long line that moved quickly, nice variety and fresh toppings. A little more user friendly than the Tampa location. Worth a try for sure.