Tacos at Reyna’s Taqueria [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Tacos at Reyna’s Taqueria [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Brick’s Smoked Meats [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Brick’s Smoked Meats [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
3 Pepper Burrito Co. [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
3 Pepper Burrito Co. [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Screaming Goat Taqueria [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Screaming Goat Taqueria [Photo: Lauren Jackson]

Five Taco Stops for Cinco de Mayo

Sarasota County is no slouch when it comes to this Spanish favorite. These restaurants are serving up some of the top tacos in town.

Its taco time! With Cinco de Mayo rapidly approaching, we’ve hit the streets in Sarasota County to sample tacos from all around town. We found a glorious array of handheld flavor bombs including the perfect traditional tacos, BBQ tacos, fish tacos, and highly customizable tacos. In our quest for Sarasota’s top tacos, one thing has become clear: we have tons of amazing options in our gorgeous coastal town. So grab yourself a margarita and stick around for these top stops for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Reyna’s Taqueria

Located in north Sarasota, off Beneva Road, Reyna’s Taqueria is offering Sarasota’s absolute best authentic Mexican tacos. Their extensive taco selections offer an array of taco fillings including traditional carnitas, barbacoa and pastor. They are also serving up chorizo, lengua (beef tongue) and vegetarian options along with many more. We recommend ordering a couple of different types so that you can best determine your favorite. In addition to their perfect tacos, Reyna’s offers flavorful tamales, sopes, quesadilla and tortas. To accompany your tacos, Reyna’s also makes agua fresca, a delicious sweet and fruity beverage and the perfect accent for your Mexican meal.

Brick’s Smoked Meats

Tacos at Brick’s Smoked Meats [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Brick’s Smoked Meats [Photo: Lauren Jackson]

Not all tacos have to be traditional, in fact most things taste great when placed inside a warm tortilla. At Brick’s Smoked Meats they are taking their authentic central-Texas-style barbecue (that’s been cooked low and slow all day) and turning it into tacos. The brisket horseradish taco combines tender brisket with bright horseradish and crispy onions for a handheld barbecue experience that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Mix and match your tacos for an awesome variety of barbecue flavors and don’t forget to order some bacon burnt ends for the table!

3 Pepper Burrito Co.

Tacos at 3 Pepper Burrito Co. [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
3 Pepper Burrito Co. [Photo: Lauren Jackson]

For quick-service tacos, look no further than 3 Pepper Burrito Co. With its convenient location in the heart of downtown Sarasota, 3 Pepper makes an excellent choice for a speedy lunch on the go. Their tacos are assembled right in front of your eyes as you make selections for your meat and fillings. They even press and griddle the tortillas fresh for each order. Keep it simple with beef and pico de gallo, or go wild with spicy chicken and avocado ranch.

Surf Shack

Heading out to St. Armands Circle for a fun day of shopping in the sun? Be sure to stop at Surf Shack for all your taco needs. Surf Shack makes our list for its extensive seafood taco options. They have shrimp, grouper and even lobster tacos to help whet your appetite. The sunny, beachy vibes at Surf Shack pair perfectly with a margarita and seafood taco.

Screaming Goat Taqueria

Tacos at Screaming Goat Taqueria [Photo: Lauren Jackson]
Screaming Goat Taqueria [Photo: Lauren Jackson]

Down in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate neighborhood is a little taco shop brimming with creative taco options. This sweet spot has traditional fillings like barbacoa and all asado, but also offers great vegan and vegetarian options like curried sweet potato, masa-dusted cauliflower and vegan chorizo. Guests are invited to select a couple of signature tacos, or exercise their creativity to make their own flavor combinations. With more than twenty different flavorful fillings, the possibilities are endless!

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