There are a lot of restaurant choices these days along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, with a variety of food types and price ranges. One day I spotted the bright yellow Taco Bus food truck across from Haslam’s Books. I swung back around to try out the food I have heard so much about. I don’t get to eat Mexican food too often since my hubby doesn’t like it, so I fly solo whenever I get the chance.
The bus isn’t much to look at, but don’t let that put you off. Use the big menu on the side of the truck to decide what to order. #1 Choose a style – taco, quesadilla, burrito, ensalda, etc. #2 choose a protein and #3 choose toppings – guacamole, cheese, sour cream, queso, etc which are a small additional charge. Totally missed this third step, which was bad as I love guacamole. All items come with Pico de Gallo (tomatoes, onions, pickled Onions, cilantro and lime) and shredded cabbage. I recommend ordering without the Pico de Gallo as it makes eating out of hand a little messy.
In my attempt to be gluten-free I selected 2 tacos on corn tortillas. I choose two different protein fillings to get a variety of tastes – Chicken Chipotle which is tender chicken smothered in a creamy chipotle sauce (I find out later in their web site the Chipotle sauce has gluten in it.) and Bean and Rice without the Mexican Rice. Both tacos were tasty, but the creamy chipotle sauce looked almost non-existent or it melted from the heat of the cooked chicken. The tacos came with little cups of both red salsa and salsa verde, both too spicy for my taste, but spice fanatics will love them.
I ordered a Pineapple Water to drink. A mix of pineapple juice (with some pulp), water and sugar made when you order it. Not too sweet, it is very tasty and refreshing on a hot day.
You can eat outside or inside where there are fans to keep you cool or do take-away. In addition to gluten-free options, there are also vegan and vegetarian menu selections.
Tasty lunch for under $10. I’m already thinking about the quesadilla with guacamole and queso I’m going to order on my next visit. Visit their web site at http://www.taco-bus.com/ to see all their locations and a full menu.