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Taqueria Monterrey - Tampa


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Taqueria Monterrey - Tampa

TampaAurora | Jul 31, 2009 06:55 PM

Has anyone been to the new location near USF? The new location is at 2320 E. Fletcher Ave in Tampa, near the corner of Bruce B Downs. Just went to check them out this evening for dinner.

Their salsa bar is wonderful - I didn't find a single one there that I didn't like but the one they serve with their chips was by far the best. A salsa roja with a wonderful smokiness and just the right amount of heat for me (a slow heat that built and lingered.) It was addictive. Also on the bar were extra toppings for your meal including radishes, cilantro and pickled jalapenos.

I ordered two corn tacos - their vegan chorizo and their poblano with mushrooms. I didn't care for the chorizo - no bite, a bit mushy and a taste that was more earthy than spicy and greasy like I would have liked. Yes, it wasn't real chorizo and I knew that while ordering. I was not anticipating a porky-substitute but I was anticipating something chewy and smoky with the spiciness that is the calling card of chorizo. The rajas were much better - I added cheese to mine. The mushrooms and peppers were a nice combo especially with some cilantro and some of that addictive salsa from the bar. My SO had their guacamole appetizer and two chicken corn tacos. He loves avocados while I generally can't stand them. We both enjoyed the appetizer which surprised me. It's freshly made and is a combo of avocado, onion, tomato and cilantro. He raved about the fresh tortillas and the chicken in the taco. The chicken had a smoked quality that was not expected but well received. We both love the chicken tacos at the Taco Bus and I don't think he was expecting anything different. Same set up veggie wise - tomatoes, onions, cilantro and possibly lime as well but what a difference that smoky flavor in the chicken made!

Drinks - My husband had their Horchata - rich and creamy with all the spices of a great rice pudding. I had their ague fresca de melon. Fresh cantelope - perfectly sweet and very refreshing. These drinks were all the dessert we needed. They also had pineapple and hibiscus.

They serve flour and corn tacos (corn tortillas are made on site), quesadillas, tortas and it seemed like just about anything else that was made with a tortilla. Fillings included barbacoa, lengua, chicken, rajas, al pastor, chorizo, vegan chorizo and I'm sure there were more.

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