The Burg’s Top Taco Spots

Tacos are our go-to meal and thankfully there is no shortage of spots to enjoy them in our city. Whether you’re looking for casual street food with a hint of SoCal inspiration, or want to sit down and enjoy meticulously constructed and packed shells, there’s a spot calling your name in the Sunshine City.

To help you choose, here are a few of our favorite taco spots in the Burg.

Photo by Ysanne Taylor for I Love the Burg

NuMex Chile

(727) 592-4326
2710 Central Ave

Technically, NuMex isn’t a traditional Mexican restaurant. The food here is focused on New Mexican (like the state) flavors, including a menu of chile centric cuisine. After popular demand, NuMex added tacos, burritos, and quesadillas to their New Mexican menu. The taco choices include carne, ground beef, chicken, tempeh soyrizo, or machaca, topped with lettuce, cabbage, and salsa fresca. AND on Tuesdays, the tacos are $2! Pair their tacos with their new margaritas and you’ll be golden.

Red Mesa

1100 1st Avenue North
4912 4th Street North
128 3rd St South
It was hard to decide between the street tacos at Mercado or the duck tacos at Cantina, so we decided to include the Red Mesa concepts all in one slot. The original Red Mesa Restaurant on 4th Street offers an inviting sit-down meal experience. Cantina serves up one of the finest margaritas in the city, which is a perfect complement to their savory tacos — both the fish and duck tacos are exceptional. Mercado’s West Coast-inspired menu delivers a killer chicken street taco that we find ourselves craving on a weekly basis.

If you’re looking for a good deal, it’s hard to top Red Mesa Restaurant’s sangria special on Wednesdays — 50% off pitchers and glasses for all of their sangrias.

Taquitos Mexican

(727) 256-1617
9617 Bay Pines Blvd

Taquitos Mexican wanted to bring the flavors of Cadereyta de Montes, the owner’s birthplace, to the states. Because they are more of a traditional Taco house, Taquitos Mexican specializes in Mexican street food, but also try to combine traditional flavors with more modern takes of Mexican food in the States. We recommend the fish tacos. You can get beer-battered or blackened fish on handmade corn tortillas with traditional diced onion and cilantro on top, or you can add lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and crema.

Casita Taqueria

2991 66th St N, 2701 4th St N, 2663 Central Ave

Casita’s iconic beer and tacos insignia painted above the front entrance has long served as a beacon of bold flavor for residents. Owners Don and Gwen Arvin are beloved figures in the St. Pete community. We encourage you to follow them on Facebook to catch a glimpse of their rotating specials. Previous specials highlights include barbacoa tacos topped with tomato, pickled jalapeño and olive salsa, and fried chickpea tacos topped with shredded lettuce, onions, crema, and cilantro.

Señor Taco

(727) 289-7080
6447 Park Blvd

Señor Taco delivers a flawless haymaker to our taste buds each and every time we visit. The arroz imperial (Mexican stuffed rice), fried ice cream and handmade tamales are glorious. Their tacos are equally remarkable.

When you visit, we recommend you order the Machete tacos — fried pork mushrooms and onions smothered with melted cheese and served on a flour tortilla topped with salsa verde. If you have room, treat yourself to the el trí — smoked ham, chorizo, bacon, onions, and poblano peppers, all grilled together and topped with melted cheese, cilantro, guac and sour cream on a flour tortilla.

Chile Verde Authentic Mexican Food

(727) 800-2679
2801 22nd Ave N
This incredible small restaurant is tucked away in a renovated gas station on 22nd Ave N. This is one of St. Pete’s most authentic Mexican restaurants. Fans highly recommend the chicken tamale, but their tacos are where it’s at. They have both flour and corn tortillas topped with onion and cilantro, like traditional Mexican tacos. The American variation comes dressed with lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream, and cheese.

The Lure

(727) 914-8000 
661 Central Avenue
The Lure offers five types of tacos, but our favorite is for sure the Hugo. It’s Ybor city-style marinated pulled pork with jicama slaw, pickles, and sliced avocado.

Poppo’s Taqueria

(727) 289-1121
1033 Central Avenue
This restaurant is a new taco spot in the Burg’s EDGE district. Poppo’s has a make your own feature for tacos which is one of my favorite things in a taco restaurant. But, if you’re the kind of person who gets overwhelmed by choices, you can’t go wrong with the Poppo’s Taco. Jump on it!

What are your favorite taco spots in the Burg? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.