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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Me Gusta Taco Bus

Maybe it's my love of public transportation, but food just tastes better coming out of a large multi-passenger vehicle. My first piece of evidence: Taco Bus.

Despite hearing and reading about Taco Bus when I first got to Tampa, I didn't visit them until a couple of weeks ago. I was pleased to find a decent crowd gathered around the bus's window on a week night. That's always a good sign.

Taco Bus has a small vegetarian menu and accommodates vegan diets, as well.

Since this was my first visit, I figured I'd start simple and go with the tofu fajitas. When I shouted my order up to the bus window (I'm short), the man said, "Tofu burrito?"
Me: "Tofu fajitas."
Man: "Tofu burrito."
Me: "Tofu fajitas?" and pointed at its listing on the menu.
Man: (incomprehensible explanation of something)... "Tofu burrito."
Me: "Yeah, burrito. Okay."

They do have a warning message painted near the window for such reasons.

It was a lovely, breezy evening and I sat in the outdoor eating area in front of the bus. Another option is eating in the small restaurant, built next to the bus. But honestly, if you had a choice of receiving a taco from a building or a school bus, which would you choose?!

Alright, let's cut to the burrito chase here.

Perfectly grilled tofu, too many onions (I'm an onion-hater, for the most part), classic pico de gallo, and crisp shredded cabbage with just enough cilantro to please my taste buds (I love cilantro!). I added some green salsa for extra sauciness (we are what we eat, after all) and thought the burrito could have been greatly improved with some avocado and grilled red pepper.

Still, how could I complain? I had a big vegan burrito that was given to me out of a BUS. (I love novelties, don't you?)

And if you feel weird about eating food prepared and served out of a bus, don't think for a moment that cleanliness is not of utmost importance here.

Cleanliness next to godliness... godliness next to burritos... that's how the saying goes, right?

Anyway, I think Taco Bus is awesome and adorable and I look forward to returning, especially on the weekends, for the following reason (and I don't mean the stomach soup).

PS. Taco Bus is open 24/7! Another thing to love about this bus!


  1. Whoa. Taco bus? I'm totally into that. We have a burrito truck, but it isn't quite the same.

  2. That's awesome! Food trucks are becoming popular here but no veg options.

    You'll have to share the vegan tamales--- that is, if you are able to order them successfully!

  3. So fun!!! Love the language barrier story, and I love that they have a vegetarian menu.

  4. I love buses/carts/trailers! I'm not sure if you've ever been to Austin, but we have SO many vegan trailers and carts with vegan options. I'm planning a tour soon, and posting it on my blog...when it gets warmers.

    That burrito looks fab.

  5. The first sentence of this made me laugh so hard! I love taco trucks, too :) I wanted to tell you I answered your question about how to find my Adventure Bowl posts in my comments. I hope you like them! I loved doing them!

    PS, LOVE your photography!