Taco Bus Wins “Best Food Truck”

Creative Loafing Magazine’s “Best of the Bay” Competition

Tampa, FL (October 1, 2020) – Creative Loafing Magazine announced Wednesday that Taco Bus is the winner of their 2020 “Best of the Bay” award for Best Food Truck/Vendor.

From August 6, 2020 to September 3, 2020, Creative Loafing Magazine asked for the public to place online votes for the various businesses and individuals who had been nominated for “Best of the Bay” competition.

“It’s an honor to win this award. We have been operating in Tampa Bay for over twenty years and are so grateful for the continued support as we grow and expand.” said Heather Chaudhry, Director of Marketing for Taco Bus. “We can’t thank our community enough for their votes!” she added.


Twenty years before the food truck trend was filling up hungry stomachs and cable-TV time slots, a converted school bus rolled into Tampa, bringing with it unforgettable Mexican food. That was the birth of Taco Bus. Since then, Taco Bus has grown to 15 locations throughout Florida and has won many awards and recognitions. Taco Bus has been featured on Food Network, Cooking Channel, USA Today, and Travel Channel to name a few. Taco Bus was also featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives where he claimed “The best torta I’ve ever had” when dining at the Tampa Taco Bus location



Laurie Stogniew, Bayshore Marketing Group, 727-316-5578, [email protected]

We’re Celebrating National Taco Day – October 4th!

National Taco Day is October 4, 2020 and where better to celebrate than with us?

C’mon, we KNOW tacos! We’re celebrating by offering $2.00 tacos ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT. Pick your favorite protein and toppings, from zesty jalapeños to our out-of-this-world salsa verde! Celebrate tacos and fiesta like there’s no mañana! Be sure to pick up something sweet to finish your celebration, like our churros or tres leches cake.

*Upcharges for premium proteins and add-ons apply. Tacos of Terror are not included in this promotion.

Our Scary Good Tacos of Terror are BACK!

We’re serving up something spooky and delicious! Our much anticipated Tacos of Terror are BACK, but they will only be here through the month of October!
Our Tacos of Terror special includes two tacos wrapped in black tortillas, black chips, and a drink, all for $6.66 (while supplies last). The kicker to this meal deal is the scorpion sauce. It’s two times hotter than a ghost pepper and is sure to make you scream! This is the 2nd year we are featuring this special. Throughout the month of October, social media followers and fans are encouraged to share pictures and comments of their “spicy” experience. #TacosofTerror.

Who has the Ultimate Taco in Tampa Bay? Taco Bus, of Course!

From August 18, 2020 to September 1, 2020, restaurants participated in Creative Loafing Magazine’s “Tampa Bay Taco Takeover 2020” where for 15 days 41 participating restaurants featured taco specials and competed in the Ultimate Taco Competition. The restaurant who had the most online votes from patrons for their featured “Ultimate Taco” would win the competition. Our featured blackened shrimp tacos topped with cheese, cabbage, and Pico de Gallo were a huge hit! We want to thank our customers for their support and for taking the time to vote online, it means so much to us!

Kids Eat Free!

Set a reminder in your phone, because every Sunday, kids eat FREE at Taco Bus! That’s right, every Sunday, bring your child in to receive a quesadilla or taco for FREE with the purchase of one regular entree! Don’t add to the stress of dealing with the Sunday Scaries with making dinner before the start of the week. We’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out some of our desserts so you can enjoy a sweet start to the week. We offer sopapillas, flan, tres leches cake, and everyone’s favorite: churros!

One kids’ meal is provided with the purchase of one regular entree. Children must be twelve years or younger to participate. This offer is available from open until midnight. Please call your nearest location for store hours.

Limited Time Offer- Tamales! Chicken or Pork Tamales for $3.99!

Choose between our incredible chicken or pork tamales for just $3.99! Each tamale is made of chicken or pork wrapped in a delicious corn mixture and steamed to perfection in corn husks. Enjoy alongside your favorite Taco Bus dish or as an entree, we’ve got plenty to go around! Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish that many regions of Mexico have put their own spin on. Originating in Mesoamerica, they have been a part of cuisine for thousands and thousands of years and are still popular today. Often popular during religious holidays, tamales have become a staple in many Mexican and Mexican-American households. Tamales are a labor of love, so know that you are getting the best!

*We are currently open at 50% capacity for dining inside and of course have take-out via our website, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. Please be sure to check your local Taco Bus for their specific hours of operation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily specials, updates, and some tasty looking content. We love to be social with our Taco Bus aficionados! #KeepItChido

Tamales! Chicken or Pork TTaco Bus


Chicken Tinga Tostada

Are you ready to heat things up? We have a special that is so hot, it will melt your heart and your taste buds. Estan listos? We hope so!

Say Hola to our limited time special, the Chicken Tinga Tostada!

Taco Bus - Chicken Tinga - Tostada
Just imagine, shredded chicken simmered in a tomato chipotle sauce and then blended with caramelized onions and served on a crispy tostada shell with sour cream, guacamole, and fresh cilantro. Que sabroso! You can also enjoy our Chicken Tinga as a protein option for any of our other entrees. How chido is that? Be sure to enjoy it with a nice cold beverage and treat yourself to one of the best tostadas in town. One bite and you will be craving more! There really isn’t a better way to be Keepin’ It Chido than with our featured Chicken Tinga Tostada!

Hurry amigos! We are featuring this special for a limited time only at all of our locations. Don’t miss out on this! You can then finish your meal with one of our incredible desserts such as flan, tres leches cake, sopapillas, and churros! Nothing completes a great meal like something sweet.

If you haven’t yet been to a Taco Bus, now is the time! We have something for everyone including vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian options. Talk about chido options!

We are currently open at 50% capacity for dining inside and of course have take-out via our website, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. You can contact your nearest Taco Bus location for their specific store hours. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, daily specials, and some tasty looking content.We love to be social with our Taco Bus aficionados.

All we need in life is peace, love, and lots of Taco Bus!

We’re growing, not going

Taco Bus - We are growingA few months ago, we announced that our flagship Hillsborough location would be replaced with a brand new, state-of-the-art restaurant featuring self-ordering kiosks, a convenient drive-thru, and other new amenities. Based on our growth plans, we have decided to permanently close our St. Pete location on September 27th, 2017.  But worry not, we will be opening our new Treasure Island location in the near future. We believe that this new store will better serve our customers and provide everything we need as we expand our menu and our service offerings. In the future, we will also be opening another location in downtown St Pete.

Change and growth are not something new for Taco Bus. We began as a mobile restaurant concept in 1995, long before it was cool, fashionable or even common to have a restaurant on wheels. Chef René Valenzuela brought the original Taco Bus offering no-frills Mexican street food to the city of Tampa. Nearly a decade later, René opened the first brick and mortar Taco Bus – located on Hillsborough Avenue where he continued to sell Tacos from the now permanently parked bus. It was a big change, but it was necessary to satisfy the demands of our loyal customers and fans.

Taco Bus has since opened eight locations and continues to provide food trucks to private events and festivals around the Tampa Bay area. While Taco Bus started as a single bus, our vision has always been to grow, to expand, and to offer our customers the best experience possible while doing so. Our newest location, Taco Bus Lutz, is planning to open late September of 2017.

We have many good memories from the many years we have served you at our Hillsborough and St. Petersburg locations and take pride in the charm and delight they have provided to our customers over the years. We hope to see you all at our new locations as we will continue to find new ways to “keep it chido.” We are here to listen and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about upcoming changes or any feedback you may have on areas in which we may improve.

Thank you for joining us

For more than 20 years, Bay Area residents have come to count on Taco Bus to “keep it chido” by offering fresh and healthy street tacos and Mexican food. In our constant efforts to improve, we’ve made many changes over the past twenty years, some of which we have not fully communicated. We now realize that by not communicating with you, we have let several myths develop. Over the next few weeks, we will be dispelling some of these myths in our blog as well as sharing exciting new developments here at Taco Bus.

However, before we do this, we must also recognize that some of you at one time may have experienced less than our best when it comes to service and quality at one of our locations. For this, we must apologize; it has never been our intent to disappoint. We regret that we may have provided some of you with bad service or a poor customer experience—it is the exact opposite of what we pride ourselves on. We value our customers and understand how important it is to offer exceptional service. We’d like to share some of the ways we are addressing your concerns.

Since we have grown so much from our roots as a popular “food truck,” we want to ensure a consistent level of service and food quality.  To that end, we have hired two new professionals to our team. First, all of our staff will be retrained by a professional trainer who will also work to ensure our procedures are consistent across locations and that staff provide the best customer service in the business. Second, we have hired a quality manager who will be in charge of food quality as well as restaurant conditions. We recognize that you have many options when selecting a restaurant and want to make sure that Taco Bus is always at the top of your list.

We currently employ more than 200 people in the Tampa Bay area, and we will be adding even more locations and jobs over the next few months. In addition to our new locations, we are making some changes to our existing locations. We recently announced a $2 million-dollar investment into our Hillsborough location. These plans have been in the works for many months as our leadership team, architects, interior designers, lawyers, and accountants have worked hard to make our vision a reality. We are currently in the permitting process and hope to show off our new state-of-the-art modern restaurant soon. The new Hillsborough location will maintain some of the legacy of the original while providing new amenities such as a drive-thru window.

We hope that those who have been on the Bus since the very beginning will continue the ride and help us improve by letting us know when we deserve praise, but also when we fall short.

Thank you for your loyalty!