Make us your home page
Instagram

Holy guacamole: Taco Bus announces four new Tampa Bay locations

Customers stand in the lunch line at Taco Bus at 2324 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg Friday, November 22, 2013. LARA CERRI  |   Times 


Customers stand in the lunch line at Taco Bus at 2324 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg Friday, November 22, 2013. LARA CERRI | Times

It was the first Tampa Bay food truck to be known nationally.

The original outpost, a school-bus-turned-restaurant in Seminole Heights, was actually called El Taconazo but known affectionately in the neighborhood as Taco Bus. It even predated longtime owner Rene Valenzuela, who bought it from Roberto and Monica Morfin in 2007. But it is Valenzuela who has expanded and expanded again, announcing on Wednesday the debut of four new locations as well as a new state-of-the-art ordering system and drive-thru options.

Taco Bus will soon be rolling into Treasure Island, Lutz, Clearwater and an unspecified location on US 19.

OPEN NOW: Bento Asian Kitchen Comes to St. Pete

TASTY NUTZ: Boiled peanut restaurant debuts in Tampa

Taco Bus currently has eight locations in Tampa, Lakeland, St. Pete and Brandon, a including 24-hour restaurant. In May, it opened a location in Miami near Florida International University, the first outside the Tampa Bay area. Taco Bus aims to join the list of notable Florida-based chains such as Outback Steakhouse and Hooters, expanding throughout Florida and beyond.

Taco Bus has been featured nationally by Buzzfeed, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and numerous other publications and food shows, largely on the strength of its traditional recipes from every region of Mexico. Taco Bus has achieved cult status locally because of its late hours, affordable prices and vegetarian and vegan options.

Valenzuela and team have also focused in on the changing nature of ordering: On Wednesday they announced they have partnered with NCR to offer customers the latest technologies, including a modernized kiosk-ordering system within the stores. The location at 301 S Falkenburg Road in Brandon currently features the first kiosk of its kind in the state of Florida, and a new mobile ordering system allows customers to order on the go.

Contact Laura Reiley at lreiley@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2293. Follow @lreiley.


MORE: Restaurant news and reviews

COOKING: Recipes and tips to do it yourself

TOP 50: Affordable restaurants to try in 2017


 

Holy guacamole: Taco Bus announces four new Tampa Bay locations 08/09/17 [Last modified: Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Blake High grad Taylor Trensch lands lead role in 'Dear Evan Hansen' on Broadway

    Stage

    For those who saw Taylor Trensch grow up in Tampa, his rise from promising student to star is heartwarming and entirely predictable. In January, Trensch, 28, will be moving into the title role of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, one of the hottest tickets in theater.

    Taylor Trensch, a 2007 Blake High graduate, will play the title role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen. Courtesy of Frank Trensch.
  2. A scene from "Epiphany."
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 22

    Events

    Clearwater Jazz Holiday: The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers, with their blend of folk, bluegrass and rock, lead the lineup. 1:30 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $16 per day, $45 reserved, $170 VIP. (727) 461-5200.

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15:  (L-R)  Joe Kwon, Bob Crawford, Seth Avett, and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers pose for a portrait at the "May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers" Premiere - 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 15, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 21

    Events

    Conor Oberst: The Bright Eyes mastermind will be joined by opener, the Felice Brothers. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30.50-$36. (727) 791-7400.

    Handout photo of Conor Oberst, performing Oct. 21 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Credit: Grandstand Media
  5. McDonald's soft serve in Florida is made with handshakes and happy cows

    Consumer

    Floridians licked nine million McDonald's vanilla cones last year.

    Calves play with a rubber toy at the Milking R Dairy in Okeechobee, FL. Owners Sutton Rucks, Jr., and his wife Kris Rucks sell their milk to SouthEast Dairies cooperative, Edward Coryn of Dairy Mix in St. Petersburg buys it, transforms it into soft-serve ice cream base, and sells it to all the McDonald's. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times