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Our 8 Favorite Tacos in Sarasota-Manatee

Here are our reigning favorites.

By Cooper Levey-Baker May 31, 2016 Published in the June 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Our eight favorite local tacos

Poppo’s Taqueria

Chicken Taco

Seasoned with ancho chili pepper and then braised and braised and braised some more, Poppo’s turns the normally blah chicken taco into something especial.

La Primavera Mexican Food

Asada Taco

Small nuggets and strips of beef, blistered until crisp, fill these beauties, but the meat is still juicy enough to require a pair of corn tortillas.


Fish Taco

A lot of fish tacos fail because the main protein is obscured by too-powerful slaws and toppings. Not so at this truck, where the crunchy, fleshy fish dominates.

Bitia’s Taqueria

Barbacoa Taco

Thin threads of glistening beef that just barely hang together, Bitia’s barbacoa will drip juice all over your lap. You won’t care.

La Brisa Tacos Y Mariscos

Carnitas Taco

With succulent yet crispy-fringed pork topped with cilantro, raw onions and lime, La Brisa’s carnitas bring a deep and layered parfait of flavors to North 301 tables.

Taqueria Doña Monse

Chicharrón Taco

Filled with thick, orange-colored cubes of fatty pork belly, these sublime gas station parking lot tacos aren’t recommended for diners worried about their cholesterol.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Breakfast Taco

Serving tacos stuffed with eggs and cheese and potatoes, as well as optional goodies like chorizo, this Tex-Mex chain knows how to wake us up.

Maria’s Restaurant

Al Pastor Taco

Moist, tender and toothsome, these braised “shepherd-style” tacos aren’t the traditional spit-grilled pastor you might expect, but they’re porky marvels nonetheless.

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